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Have you ever heard it taught that when the Jewish High Priest entered the Holy of Holies on Yom Kippur that he had a rope tied to his leg so that, if he died, he could be dragged out – since no one else could enter! I confess that I said it myself on a few occasions many years ago! But I always wondered if it was really true and, if it was a tradition, where it was first written down. For example, there was also a tradition that the scapegoat was named Azazel and that a red cord tied around the goat’s horn turned white if God had accepted his sacrifice for the people. I found those written traditions in Jewish Second Temple literature dating back at least to the first century AD.

And the answer is: http://drvarner.co/that-rope-around-the-high-priests-ankle-2/