Tag Archives: Yom Kippur

Important New Monograph by Andrei A. Orlov, “Divine Scapegoats”

Andrei A. Orlov, Divine Scapegoats: Demonic Mimesis in Early Jewish Mysticism (Albany: SUNY, 2015) 352 pages, ISBN13: 978-1-4384-5583-9 Divine Scapegoats is a wide-ranging exploration of the parallels between the heavenly and the demonic in early Jewish apocalyptical accounts. In these materials, antagonists often mirror features of angelic figures, and even those of the Deity himself, […]

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On 1 Enoch and the Rite of Atonement

This post contains more notes on 1 (Ethiopic) Enoch from Dr. Orlov’s class, plus more interesting passages from the text. I will also look at the role of the angel Asa’el (or Azazel) in the Israelite atonement ritual and his possible connection to the Old Testament scapegoat. Random Notes on the Enochic Tradition Dr. Andrei Orlov suggests that 1 […]

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