Baraqiel, Barâqîjâl, Baraqel (Aramaic: ברקאל, Greek: Βαρακιήλ) was the 9th Watcher of the 20 leaders of the 200 fallen angels that are mentioned in an ancient work called the Book of Enoch. The name means "lightning of God", which is fitting since it has been said that Baraqiel taught men astrology during the days of Jared or Yered. Some scholars believe that he is Sanat Kumara of theosophists such as Benjamin Creme and Madame Blavatsky; others believe that Sanat Kumara is a separate being.
It has also been proposed based on a reconstruction by Schniedewind and Zuckerman that Baraqiel was the name of the father of Hazael, mentioned in the 9th century BCE inscription from Tel Dan. The biblical figure, Barak, known from Judges 4 is a shortened version of this longer name.
- Knibb, Michael A., The Ethiopic Book Of Enoch, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1978, repr. 1982.
- "A Possible Reconstruction of the Name of Hazaʾel's Father in the Tel Dan Inscription," by William M. Schniedewind and Bruce Zuckerman. Israel Exploration Journal, Vol. 51, No. 1 (2001), pp. 88–91
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