This is a WordPress repost of an excellent article authored by Donald N. Norris.
In 2020, Yom Kippur – the Day of Atonement begins at sundown on September 27th. The Tanakh says that the blood of the sacrifice is given to make atonement. The Hebrew words translated as “atonement” in English are Kippur (noun) and Kaspar (verb). The root occurs about 150 times in the Tanakh and is intimately linked with forgiveness of sin and with reconciliation to God. What does “atonement” mean?
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