Publication Date

Spring 2005


School of Religion


Religion: Biblical Studies

Primary Subject Area

Religion, Biblical Studies


Yom Kippur or the Day of Atonement is a Jewish feast first given in Leviticus 16. While the concept of atonement in the Old Testament means, "to cover," this feast has not ceased in meaning. In fact, the Day of Atonement is relevant for today's society and is highly important for serious study by the biblical scholar as well as for personal devotion by any Christian. This feast reveals important details about the character of God as well as the nature of sin. It also is important because the New Testament itself makes a connection to the Day of Atonement in the book of Hebrews. The writer of Hebrews believed, as did Jesus, that He did not come to destroy the Law, but to fulfill it. Also, the person and work of Christ may be clearly identified within the boundaries of this feast, making it important for Christological study.