God of the Week: Azazel

12/019/2011: Azazel

Azezel is a god from Hebrew mythology. In Leviticus 16, it is stated that during the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), a goat would be sacrificed to Azezel by driving it out into the desert to die. This act would ritually cleanse the people of Israel. It is the origin of the term Escape (or ‘Scape) Goat. Then, of course, Jesus was the Scape Lamb.

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