Jewish Traditions Not Included In the Bible The Pseudepigrapha is a collection of various works written approximately between 200 BCE and 100 CE that were left out of the Old Testament. They tend to be written in Hebrew or Aramaic or occasionally Greek, and tend to be attributed to well known biblical heroes like Abraham, Moses, and Noah. Some of these books were included … [Read more...]
Azazel is the Hebrew word for scapegoat. The word is found only once in the Hebrew bible - in Leviticus - but Azazel plays a key role in the fall of the angels in the Book of Enoch. Here, Azazel rebels against God by teaching men the art of warfare and weaponry and women the art of applying makeup and making themselves look more attractive. Some writings claim Azazel was one of fallen angels who married human women. Regardless, when God caught word of what Azazel was doing, He sent archangel Raphael to capture and confine Azazel until Judgment Day. Read articles about Azazel below.
The story of a rebel force that defies a Deity has been a topic of great fascination for authors and poets for millennia. There are para-biblical stories about how angels defied God to sleep with mortal women and bear children. John Milton creates a vivid mythos around Satan as a tragic character. Greek poets speak of Prometheus who defied Zeus and was condemned to eternal … [Read more...]