The Archangel Zadkiel
“Righteousness of God”

The Third Hierarchy - those closest to humanity

Principalities - the seventh choir
The Archangels - the 8th choir
Angels - the ninth choir

zadkielandabraham.jpgZadkiel, ( Zachiel, Tzadkiel, and Zidekiel). I am sure by now you realize most of the angels have several spellings of their names which obviously occurred during the translation of the various religious texts. Some say they are Aramaic but I am going with Hebrew.

I think the Apocalypse of Paul clarifies this when he says “Hebrew, the speech of God and the angels”.

His name means “Righteousness of God”. He is the chief angel of the Dominions which is the fourth choir in the second celestial hierarchy of Dionysius the Areopagite.

The Dominions are so devoted to God that they were the first angels given free will to manage the universe without supervision. Just think about it, this is the Archangel that oversees all the duties of the entire host of angels and the universe.

Throughout Jewish literature he is the angel of benevolence, mercy, memory and chief of the order of hashmalim which is equated with the Dominions.

In the Zohar, one of the most important works of the Kabbalah, it is Zachiel and the archangel Jophiel who assist the archangel Michael when he goes into battle.

In the Maseket Azilut, a 14th century kabalistic text, he is listed as co-chief with Gabriel in the order of shinanim. As with many anonymous writings this work was considered subject but it has taken its opening text from Psalms 25:14 “The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him: and he will shew them his covenant.”

Although he is ruler of the Dominions and would have very little direct contact with humans, he is generally believed to be the angel who held back Abraham’s arm when he was about to sacrifice his son Isaac.

Other angels have been given credit for this same act but when you realize that the Archangel Zadkiel controls the duties of all angels and the universe, it is not a stretch that he would personally test Abraham’s obedience to God. After all, it was thru Abraham that all nation’s would be blessed.

There is not a lot of information on the Archangel Zadkiel. Maybe it is because of his position or the choirs he is a member of. After all, the Dominions, the Hashmallim and the Shinanim are all very closely related and according to God’s design, these angels have very little contact with humans so logically speaking he would not have appeared to the prophets. He, as God’s regulator or organizer, would have sent the other angels.