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The second part of the Apocalypse of Abraham, a Jewish pseudepigraphon written in early centuries of the Common Era,1 deals with the ascent of the eponymous hero to the heavenly Holy of Holies. On this celestial journey, Abraham and his angelic companion Yahoel encounter a strange demonic creature, namely, the fallen angel Azazel, who attempts to interfere, warning the patriarch about the grave dangers that a mortal might encounter upon ascending to the abode of the Deity. In response to Azazel's challenge, Yahoel rebukes an... More >>>
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The second part of the Apocalypse of Abraham, a Jewish pseudepigraphon written in early centuries of the Common Era,1 deals with the ascent of the eponymous hero to the heavenly Holy of Holies. On this celestial journey, Abraham and his angelic companion Yahoel encounter a strange demonic creature, namely, the fallen angel Azazel, who attempts to interfere, warning the patriarch about the grave dangers that a mortal might encounter upon ascending to the abode of the Deity. In response to Azazel's challenge, Yahoel rebukes and curses the fallen angel. The curses imposed on the fallen angel are often seen as having cultic significance.

2 In the sacerdotal framework of the Slavonic apocalypse, which is permeated with the dynamics of the Yom Kippur ritual,3 the cursing formulae delivered by the angel Yahoel, whom the text depicts as the celestial cultic servant, 4 appear reminiscent of those curses bestowed on the scapegoat by the high priest on the Day of Atonement.5 Thus, some have argued that the fallen angel bearing the conspicuous name Azazel6 is depicted here as the celestial scapegoat predestined to take upon itself the sins and transgressions of Abraham in order to carry them into the realm of his exile. This chapter will explore Azazel's curses and their role in the sacerdotal framework of the Slavonic apocalypse. (Andrei Orlov)