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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Azazel
Azazel (עֲזָאזֵל‎, azazel). Unclear designation in Lev 16:8, 10, 26 related to the scapegoat ceremony on the Day of Atonement. Multiple theories exist regarding its meaning.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Azazel
AZAZEL [Heb ʿăzāʾzēl (עֲזָאזֵל)]. The destination or goal to or for which the scapegoat is sent on the Day of Atonement (Lev 16:8, 10, 26).A. The TermB. The Character of AzazelC. Azazel before Leviticus 16A. The TermThe meaning of the term ʿăzāʾzēl is not entirely clear. The main interpretations
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Azazel
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
Azazel
Azazel ə-zāʹzel [Heb. azā’zēl] (Lev. 16:8, 10, 26); AV SCAPEGOAT; NEB PRECIPICE. The goat banished into the wilderness during the Day of Atonement ceremonies. It had received the “lot for Azazel,” and therefore was not to be sacrificed to God but made symbolic of atonement for Israel through its
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Azazel
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)
Azazel
Azazel (uh-zay´zuhl), a demonic figure to whom the sin-laden scapegoat was sent on the Day of Atonement (Lev. 16:8, 10, 26). See also Atonement, Day of.
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Azazel
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
Azazel
Azazel (Heb. ʿăzāʾzēl)The male goat upon which all of the transgressions and sins of the people of Israel are laid on the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur). The goat is then sent out into the wilderness (Lev. 16:8, 10, 21–22, 26).There are four views regarding the original meaning of this designation:
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Azazel
Azazel [ə zāˊ zəl] (Heb. ˓azā˒zēl).The name of a goat sent into the desert on the Day of Atonement in order to remove Israel’s sins (Lev. 16:8, 10, 26; see NIV mg., “goat of removal”). While the KJV and NIV render the term “scapegoat” (cf. LXX apopompaíos), a more generally acceptable
Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible
Azazel
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
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
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