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The Bible Slam: Leviticus Chapter 16

This chapter revisits what was already written about in Leviticus 10, when Aaron's two sons were murdered by God for not burning a fire correctly.   Aaron is to sacrifice animals as sin offerings and burnt offerings.

This chapter also introduces us to the concept of the "scapegoat."   Two goats are to be brought before Aaron — one gets to be for the LORD and is killed as an offering.   The sins of the entire nation are laid upon the other goat, which is sent off into the wilderness and called "the scapegoat."

This chapter includes the typical verbiage about sprinkling blood, wearing holy linens, and killing animals for the LORD.

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Discussion Points.

The Jesus story of the New Testament, in which Jesus takes on the sins of all of humanity, is similar to the scapegoat in Leviticus 16 (King James, SAB) of the Old Testament. Here is a Christian explanation of the Christ scapegoat:

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