Atonement Vs. Redemption

Jonathan D. Safren yon_saf at
Sat Aug 18 05:20:30 EDT 2001

Speaking of avodah as"(divine) service" or "slavery", when the Israelites
left Egypt, they turned from "avadim" of the Egyptians to "avadim" of the
Jonathan D. Safren
Dept. of Biblical Studies
Beit Berl College
Beit Berl Post Office
44905 Israel
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From: "Charles David Isbell" <cisbell at>
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Sent: Saturday, August 18, 2001 12:05 AM
Subject: Re: Atonement Vs. Redemption

> Shoshanna wrote:  "Hashem did not write the new testament, however.  So
> does not enlighten us as to the Biblical concepts of redemption and
> atonement."
> *************************************
> I strongly identify with the sentiments Shoshanna is expressing.  However,
> let it be noted that the word for "worship" in the Tanakh is `avodah, the
> exact same word that connotes "slavery" to the Pharaoh before the Exodus.
> Does anyone remember the Bob Dylan song with the line, "You got to serve
> somebody.  It might be the devil or it might be the Lord, but you got to
> serve somebody."
> Charles David Isbell
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