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Unclear designation in Lev 16:8, 10, 26 related to the scapegoat ceremony on the Day of Atonement. Multiple theories exist regarding its meaning.
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Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Azazel. Hebrew term of uncertain origin and meaning, occurring in Leviticus 16:8, 10, 26. Since biblical or extrabiblical information is lacking, the meaning of Azazel has been interpreted in at least four ways.1. Scapegoat (kjv). Some have thought the word refers to the scapegoat used in the ceremonies
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
AZAZEL* Hebrew term of uncertain origin and meaning, occurring in Leviticus 16:8, 10, 26. Since biblical or extrabiblical information is lacking, the meaning of Azazel has been interpreted in at least four ways:1. Scapegoat. Some have thought the word refers to the scapegoat used in the ceremonies of
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
AZAZEL. This word means “scapegoat,” “removal,” or “far removed” (Lev 16:8, 10, 22, 26). A footnote in the Berkeley Version says: “The name Azazel is derived from Azalzeh (‘dismissed one’) thus properly thought of as the scapegoat.” Gesenius in his Heb. lexicon declares: “I have no doubt that it should
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible
AZAZEL עזאזלI. Both the etymology and the meaning of the name ʿazāʾzēl, which appears in the Old Testament only in Lev 16:8, 10 [twice], 26, are not completely clear. Although the etymological hypothesis ʿzʾzl < *ʿzzʾl < ʿzz (‘to be strong’) + ʾl (‘god’), i.e. the result of a consonantal metathesis,
Catholic Bible Dictionary
AZAZEL The term used on the Day of Atonement when the high priest imposed his hands upon the scapegoat upon which the sins and transgressions of the people were laid. The goat was then sent into the desert “for Azazel” (Lev 16:8–10, 20–28). The meaning is uncertain. According to one Jewish tradition,
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Azazel (Heb., עֲזָאזֵל). The mysterious figure, dwelling in the desert, to whom the ‘scapegoat’ of the sin-offering was dispatched as part of the ritual of the Day of *Atonement (Lev. 16:1–28). Originally perhaps a desert-demon or goat-deity was intended. In 1 Enoch 6, 8 and 10:4–8 he is a leader of