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Samael

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Hi guys, this is an image done time ago. Long time without uploading a angel/demon related stuff, so here goes Samael, the only archangel who can be good or evil.

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Samael (Hebrew: סַמָּאֵל‎, "Venom of God" or "Poison of God," or "Blindness of God" Sammael or Samil) is an important archangel in Talmudic and post-Talmudic lore, a figure who is an accuser, seducer, and destroyer, and has been regarded as both good and evil. Rabbinical writings describe Samael as the guardian angel of Esau (and the Roman empire) and a patron of Edom.  He is considered in Talmudic texts to be a member of the heavenly host (with often grim and destructive duties). One of Samael's greatest roles in Jewish lore is that of the main archangel of death. He remains one of God's servants even though he condones the sins of man. As an angel, Samael resides in the seventh heaven, although he is declared to be the chief angel of the fifth heaven, the reason for this being the presence of the throne of glory in the seventh heaven.

In Judaism, Samael is said to be the angel of death, and sometimes the name of Satan is accorded to him. While Satan describes his function as an accuser, Samael is considered to be his proper name. While Michael defends Israel's actions, Samael tempts people to sin. He is also depicted as the angel of death and one of the seven archangels the ruler over the Fifth Heaven, and commander of two million angels such as the chief of other Satans. In Christian demonology Samael is sometimes regarded as a powerful demon.  According to some myths, Samael was mated with Eisheth Zenunim, Na'amah, Lilith, and Agrat Bat Mahlat, all except Lilith being 'angels' of sacred prostitution.
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EmmetEarwax's avatar
In one of my fan-fics, I had a Samael Severe ,the Witchunter at Domdaniel school in the Black Forest. His special gloves allow him to grab and hold a ghost. 
V1EWT1FUL's avatar
the desolate one? son of Nergal?
thorman's avatar
wuau que dibujo asombbroso y increible de samel el dios del veneno te felicito mucho genzoman es un gran trabajo:D:)
DARKANGEL23XM's avatar
The Darksiders version is sexy as fuck lol but this is just amazing.
777gothmog's avatar
Have you seen the Darksiders version?
DARKANGEL23XM's avatar
He's sexy asf!!! lol I love him. 
hypn0s-sama's avatar
He looks so good
CherryPod's avatar
Looks like Satan...
MrPaintRavioli's avatar
I'm pretty sure that was the point.
CherryPod's avatar
I'm sure too, but TECHNICALLY (pushes up nerd glasses and snorts) Samael is depicted as a separate entity in occult lore, and therefore not to be compared to Satan. That being said however (takes nerd glasses off), he's still TOTALLY a Satan clone, so the artist represents him well!
MrPaintRavioli's avatar
I mean, most stories about Samael feel similar to Satan. The only difference I can think of is that the Jewish Samael is an agent of God and A Satan (Judaism's views on Satan are different than Christianity), while the Christian Satan is this massive Angra Mainyu wannabe.
CherryPod's avatar
Whoa, hold on a sec. The original Jews never acknowledged "Samael" at all. Only the late "Second Temple Jews" and beyond follow post Torah scripture, e.g. the Talmud. I just wanted to make this clear... The term "Judaism" gets thrown around a lot without people acknowledging that there is more than one type of Jewish religion. So as far as Judaism's views on Satan differing from that of Christians, that's an unspecific statement that can be either true or false depending on which "Judaism" we're talking about. The Satan of the Torah (The Old Testament) has no contradictions at all from the New Testament. There was a lot of corruption during the Second Temple period that caused the traditions of original Judaism to become skewed and in some cases ignored. It was much of those who followed original Judaism that became Christian during and after the time of Christ. This is because they still held the Torah as the one true text and the Torah talked all about Christ. So there was no confusion between the original Judaism and Christianity. Christianity was more so the completion of their religion. As far as Satan being supposedly based on Angra Mainyu, this is called being biased. There is NO historical proof that Zoroastrianism predates Judaism. The time of Abraham, The father of Judaism, was back in the early 1800s BC. So for you to be so dogmatic about which came first is awfully brash considering there is no proof either way. Besides, almost EVERY religion has a person like Satan in it. I suggest looking into the 666 gods of ancient Babylonian religion and reading Revelations from the New Testament. Interesting stuff to say the least.
MrPaintRavioli's avatar
I thought Kabbalist Jews were the ones that had quite a lot of shit written about Samael, as the stories about that are somewhat obscure and not "mainstream" canon. As for the Satan in the Old Testament not contradicting the New Testament, well...Job has Satan working for God and the New Testament portrays Satan as God's arch-nemesis. That and the Old Testament just...doesn't mention Satan that often.

Zoroastrianism and Judaism were around the same time, though I don't know which one came first. However, Zoroastrianism WAS around before Christianity, which is why I think the concept of the devil might have been based on or inspired by Angra Mainyu.
CherryPod's avatar
Yes, Kabbalist Jews, but not the original Jews. Kabbalism originated in the 12th century and was definitely a new sect. In other words, the Kabbalist beliefs had no impact on the Torah because the Torah predates Kabbalism significantly. As far as Satan goes. In the OT Satan is NEVER portrayed as "working for God". In Job, Satan comes before the throne of God asking permission to test Job, and God ALLOWS him. In Satan's mind, he believes that he can turn Job away from God, but God knows better and understands that Job in the end will become a greater believer than before. The thing is that even though Satan was cast out of Heaven and onto earth, he is STILL ultimately under God's law. God can prevent or allow Satan to do things, but ultimately Satan cannot do something that God doesn't allow him. Satan is not "all powerful", his power is great, but in comparison to God it's nothing. God allows Satan to test the world and God's own people often to reinforce our allegiance to God. In the New Testament, things are no different. In the book of Matthew, God again allows Satan to test none other than his own son! "Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil." - Matthew 4:1. The Holy Spirit actually led Yeshua (Jesus) to the desert to be tested by Satan. In Revelations, after God imprisons Satan for one thousand years, he then releases Satan and allows him to once again tempt the world! "When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth—Gog and Magog—and to gather them for battle." -Revelation 20:7-8. You see Satan, in ignorance, thinks he can out do God, but God knows that letting him test people like Job, His Son, and many others will not result in Satan's victory, but rather God's glory! It's the result of an angry and closed mind (Satan's) trying to out do the infinite and perfect mind of God. I highly recommend this page, bible.org/seriespage/3-satan-s… , as it really breaks down Satan's role in both the Old and New Testament. Keep seeking truth friend, a heart that seeks objective truth with earnest intent will find it!
t0ch001's avatar
isnt he sometimes seen as the demn of death, with Azrael being the angel? also, this looks absolutely amazing
PrimordialNothingnes's avatar
He's a fallen one at best and a full-fledged demon at worst
Someone like him cannot be a proper angel (then again, God loves attrocities done in His name)

Anyway, badass as all hell (no pun intended), as usuall
Void-Wolf's avatar
He's kinda mire like God's personal assassin or something, not to mention the angel of death.
PrimordialNothingnes's avatar
Death? Isn't that Azraels' gig?
Void-Wolf's avatar
Not sure. I think it's either one. Not sure
PrimordialNothingnes's avatar
If i remember correctly, Azrael is the angel of death, while Samael is the angel of vengeance and punishment
Vornell's avatar
freaking awesome! epic colors
loves and ty for your art
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