Nachmanides - Scapegoat

Jonathan D. Safren yonsaf at beitberl.ac.il
Mon Jun 11 08:11:23 EDT 2001


Nachmanides, in his commentary to Lev. 16:8, writes that the scapegoat is sent to "the prince who rules over places of destruction". 
Any ideas what he means by that? Is he identifying this "prince" with Azazel? Is he saying that the goat is not sacrificed to the Lord but to some other divine entity named Azazel?

Jonathan D. Safren
Chairman
Dept. of Biblical Studies
Beit Berl College
44905 Israel 
 
   
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