Where does the term scapegoat come from?


Then he is to take the two goats and present them before the Lord at the entrance to the tent of meeting. He is to cast lots for the two goats—one lot for the Lord and the other for the scapegoat. Aaron shall bring the goat whose lot falls to the Lord and sacrifice it for a sin offering. But the goat chosen by lot as the scapegoat shall be presented alive before the Lord to be used for making atonement by sending it into the wilderness as a scapegoat. Leviticus 17:7-10
            The term “scapegoat” comes from the Bible.  The scapegoat took the blame for the sin of the people.
“When Aaron has finished making atonement for the Most Holy Place, the tent of meeting and the altar, he shall bring forward the live goat. He is to lay both hands on the head of the live goat and confess over it all the wickedness and rebellion of the Israelites—all their sins—and put them on the goat’s head. He shall send the goat away into the wilderness in the care of someone appointed for the task. The goat will carry on itself all their sins to a remote place; and the man shall release it in the wilderness.”  Leviticus 17:20-22
            By laying his hands on the goat, the priest transferred the sins to the goat then set the goat free.  The purpose of the act was to create separation of the sin from the people.  The people were free of the sins. 
            In the same way, Jesus became our “scapegoat,” taking our sins on him and removing our sins from us.  Although not an attractive title to give Jesus, he ultimately performed the same function almost two thousand years later.