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Posts from February 2020

Scapegoat or Azazel? – Lev 16b

Leviticus 16:8 says, “And Aaron shall cast lots over the two goats, one lot for the LORD and the other lot for Azazel” (ESV).  Depending on what Bible translation you’re using, your version might say “scapegoat” instead of Azazel.             On Sunday I made a case for Azazel as a proper noun – the name of a desert demon.  Much of my time was spent demonstrating why I think that’s the best way to look at the text, but I…