Other Forms FormsIaldabaoth, Jaldabaoth, Ildabaoth
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Meaning & History
The first archon of darkness. In Hebrew, cabala, and Gnostic lore, Iadalbaoth is the demiourgos, occupying a position immediately below the "unknown Father". In Phoenician Mythology, he is one of the 7 elohim, creators of the visible universe. In Ophitic gnosticism, Iadalbaoth is said to have generated the 7 elohim (angels) in "his own image". In Enoch 1, Iadalbaoth is equated with Sammael as the fallen angel and as the supreme heirarch of the order of thrones.