Atonement in the Pentateuch

Jonathan D. Safren yonsaf at
Sun Sep 27 17:02:04 EDT 1998

Biblical Hebrew kipper does not mean "atone" but rather "purify, purge".
Yom Kippur was originally the Day of Purgation (of the priests, the
people, the temple and its accoutrements. See Milgrom's commentary on
Leviticus in the Anchor Bible series.
Jonathan D. Safren
Dept. of Biblical Studies
Beit Berl College
44905 Beit Berl Post Office

More information about the b-hebrew mailing list