Atonement vs Redemption

Shoshanna Walker rosewalk at
Fri Aug 17 09:16:52 EDT 2001

Just two comments

Atonement was not always only done by an action by the person.

Yom Kippur is mentioned in the Torah, as a day that atones, for instance

And there were times that Moses prayed for atonement for the people.

I forgot the Biblical word for redemption

Today redemption has a more global meaning, and it has been expounded 
on mostly by Kabbala - the entire universe is in need of redemption.

Please remind me what the Biblical word is for redemption


My biblical Hebrew isn't the best, but from what I do know you seem to be
confusing the biblical Hebrew mindset with that of the Christian mindset,
please correct me if I am wrong.  Atonement and redemption are two very
different concepts and mindsets, still often translations use them
interchangeably.  Atonement isn't the same as we think of it today, atonement
was putting one's sins onto something else, eg. sacrifice, that's where we
get the concept of scapegoat of, so that one may be forgiven. (The eye for an
eye concept follows these lines, often perceived very literally, it really
mean s that there shall be equal, but not exact, reperation for the wrong
committed) Redemption....that's difficult to explain.  As an example of
modern day perceptions, In Catholicism, Cathliocs believe that God redeemed
the world through Jesus.  In biblical Hebrew, it's not like that at all.  Can
someone help me here?  I'm looking for the right words, but can't think of
them right now.


In a message dated 8/16/01 1:38:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
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