The origin of the Book of the Angel (or Archangel) Raziel originated when G-d had given the knowledge to Raziel (which means "Secret of G-d") since his mission is transmitter of secrets ("Jewish Encyclopedia," p 335). Legend of the Sefer Raziel, or Book of Raziel, is that the book originally was inscribed on a sapphire stone. A copy was given to Seraph, then Metatron, then Adam (the first man). The Hebrew spelling for the angel names varies depending on who is translating the sounds of the words. Various spellings include Raziel, Ratziel, Raziel, Reziel, Razial, Retziel, Reziel, Rezial, etc. The angels, Cherubim, were upset that the konwledge was given to Adam and desecended to earth to steal the book back from Adam. It was then tossed deep into the ocean. According to Jewish tradition, G-d ordered Rehab to retireve the book and return it to Adam. The book was stolen again and ended at the bottom of the ocean for centuries. It was later retireved by Raphael, who gave it to Noah to protect him during the flood. Eventually, it was given to King Solomon by a Babylonia prince. In the 11th century, the book disappeared. A 15th century Italian translation has been discovered. A Hebrew version, Sodei Razya / Sefer HaShem - is attributed to Rabbi Eleazar of Germiza (Eleazar Judah of Worms or also called R. Eleazar ben Judah ben Kalonymus of Wurms) c 1160-1237. The Book of Raziel was published in 1701 in Amsterdam. Belief also held that possession of the book protected a home from fire.
|Place of Origin||Jerusalem, Israel|