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Book of Raziel


A book is a mystical collection which is believed to be given to Adam by the angel Raziel. The book was originally printed in 1701 and its ownership was believed to protect the owner's house from danger. It contains the works on merkabah mysticism and other literature dating from the Palmudic and genodic period. There also is other literature from the thirteenth century originating from the Hasidei Ashkenaz movement. Some manuscripts of parts of the Book of Raziel date back to the sixteenth century. Sefer ha-Razin is a related book conveyed to Noah containing comparable material on mysticism and magic. A.G.H.


Source:

Bowker, John, The Oxford Dictionary of World Religions, New York, Oxford University Press, 1997, p. 803