To my understanding, the Beta Israel community accepts HaSepher Chanoch within their canon. That being said within HaSepher Chanoch, Azazel is described as a fallen angel (Enoch Literature) which is in contrast to how Azazel is interpreted as "The word Azazel indicates that the cliff the goat is pushed from should be rough and hard". I also came across Legends of the Jews, viewing Azazel as a fallen angel imprisoned on sharp-pointed stones in the desert. How does the Beta Israelite community interpret Wayikra 16 in regards to the scapegoat, "Azazel"? Are there literature, commentary, and/or articles that highlight how the community interprets who or what Azazel is in regards to Wayikra/Leviticus 16? Todah Rabbah

  • Very relevant: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/31273/…
    – Joel K
    Apr 26, 2021 at 6:59
  • @Harel13 Peace and Love. I really appreciate your answer (and for even asking) beloved. If you make your comment into an answer, I will award you the bounty.......I guess the better question would be then how did they interpret before touching base in Israel I suppose.....
    – יהודה
    May 4, 2021 at 5:01
  • @Harel13 Do you know of any other ancient sects that did hold Chanoch in high esteem or holy?
    – יהודה
    May 4, 2021 at 5:17
  • @Harel13 I saw that and as you made mentioned, being spoken about in other midrashim. Seeing and coming across elements within this particular question (judaism.stackexchange.com/q/122078/22051) makes me wonder why this particular school of thought didn't become more dominant or even rival Azazel meaning more than just a physical location or just "scapegoat".
    – יהודה
    May 4, 2021 at 6:06


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