what is the origin of the word scapegoat?

i dont want to know where people used it, but who started the word and spread it to be a word. so the pin point start of the word

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  • 9 years ago
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    Hi there.

    The origin is from the Bible, specifically Leviticus 16 - the Jews would pick a goat during Yom Kippur and transfer their sins to it, then drive it out to die alone - so the sins died with it.

    Scapegoat is a translation of the Jewish term, although "blamegoat" might have been a better one.

    Cheers, Steve.

  • 9 years ago

    In biblical times the ritual of Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, included a ceremony involving two goats: one was sacrificed to God, and the other was sent off into the wilderness as the symbolic bearer of the people’s sins. In his 1530 translation of the Bible, William Tindale translated this into the modern metaphorical application most people assign to the name which is the one who leaves or someone who takes the blame for others’ faults, sins or deeds.

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  • 9 years ago

    As im aware, when bronze-age / middle eastern / biblical tribes wanted to atone for their sin, they would take a goat out of the camp and slaughter it to cover the transgressions of an individual in the eyes of god

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    I bet the French did it, we should all just blame them.

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