What Is the Day of Atonement? – Leviticus E6

At the center of the center of the Torah is the Day of Atonement. What is the significance of this day the biblical authors have placed at the heart of the Torah? What does this day accomplish? And what’s with the sacrificial goat and the scapegoat? In this episode, Tim and Jon explore the Day of Atonement and the ultimate atonement accomplished by Jesus on the cross.

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  • Part one (00:00-20:20)
  • Part two (20:20-37:53)
  • Part three (37:53-51:08)
  • Part four (51:08-01:08:30)

Referenced Resources

  • Sin, Impurity, Sacrifice, Atonement: The Priestly Conceptions, Jay Sklar
  • Cult and Character: Purification Offerings, Day of Atonement, and Theodicy, Roy Gane
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  • You can experience the literary themes and movements we’re tracing on the podcast in the BibleProject app, available for Android and iOS.

Show Music 

  • “Defender (Instrumental)” by TENTS
  • "Wanna Get Away with Me?" by Unwinding with Whitney
  • "Pockets" (Artist Unknown)
  • "Butterfly" by Swørn

Show produced by Cooper Peltz. Edited by Dan Gummel and Tyler Bailey. Show notes by Lindsey Ponder. Podcast annotations for the BibleProject app by MacKenzie Buxman and Ashlyn Heise.

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