Sweet Sunday Sermon – The Ritual of the Scapegoat
Submitted by Dr. GP
- What is a “scapegoat” and what is the origin of that word?
- The most common definition of a scapegoat today is a person or thing blamed for misdeeds of others, akin to being a fall-guy or being thrown under the bus. That person may or may not be guilty.
- According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, scapegoat means “one that bears the blame for others.”
- But the idea of the scapegoat is originally a Biblical one derived from a ceremony recorded in Leviticus 16.
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