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Leviticus 1:1-5

1The LORD called Moses and spoke to him from the tent of meeting, saying, 2“Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, When any one of you brings an offering to the LORD, you shall bring your offering of livestock from the herd or from the flock.

Can a woman bring an offering to the LORD?

3“If his offering is a burnt offering from the herd, he shall offer a male without blemish. He shall bring it to the entrance of the tent of meeting, that he may be accepted before the LORD. 4He shall lay his hand on the head of the burnt offering, and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him. 5Then he shall kill the bull before the LORD, and Aaron’s sons the priests shall bring the blood and throw the blood against the sides of the altar that is at the entrance of the tent of meeting.

Is the same woman required to kill the bull before the LORD?

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  • Are you asking : Were ancient Israelite women allowed to bring offerings to the Tent of Meeting? (Based only on Leviticus 1:4-5) or... Have you read Leviticus 12:6-8, regarding women bringing offerings to the אֹֽהֶל־מוֹעֵ֖ד Ohel Moed “Tent of Meeting” ? Aug 30 at 23:36
  • Leviticus 7:8 uses 'ish'(man) not 'ishah' for the burnt offering you describe, not to say some other supposition or interpolation could possibly be supposed for widows(Num 5:6-8,30:9).
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Does Leviticus 1 allow for a woman to bring an offering to the LORD and kill the offering before the LORD?

I don't see why not. A worshipper could be a widow or a boy as well.

ESV Leviticus 1:

1 The LORD called Moses and spoke to him from the tent of meeting, saying, 2“Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, When any one of you brings an offering to the LORD, you shall bring your offering of livestock from the herd or from the flock.

The command was addressed to anyone, man and woman.

3“If his offering is a burnt offering from the herd, he shall offer a male without blemish.

This is a general "he" pronoun.

He shall bring it to the entrance of the tent of meeting, that he may be accepted before the LORD. 4He shall lay his hand on the head of the burnt offering, and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him. 5Then he shall kill the bull before the LORD,

If the man or woman was too nervous about killing the bull, they could get someone to do it for them.

and Aaron’s sons the priests shall bring the blood and throw the blood against the sides of the altar that is at the entrance of the tent of meeting.

God would not reject an offering because the worshipper was unable to kill the bull himself/herself.

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Does Leviticus 1 allow for a woman bring an offering to the LORD and kill the offering before the LORD?

Let's address this question in two parts.

Can a woman bring an offering to the LORD?

Yes, verse 2 explicitly states "When any one of you brings an offering". So in this case any male or female Israelite could bring an offering to the tabernacle and the later temple(s).

Is the same woman required to kill the bull before the LORD?

In short, no. In fact, only the Levitical priests were to do the actual slaughtering of the animal.

If anyone was able to do the slaughtering then what was the reason for:

  • Jehovah God choosing the male Levites to carry out the priestly duties (Numbers 3:6-10, 15)
  • Giving the Levites priestly attire (Exodus 28:43)
  • The consecration of the priests (Exodus 29 and Leviticus 8)
  • The regulations of washing for the priests (Exodus 30:17-21; 40:30-32)

The purpose of the priesthood was to serve as an intermediary between the people and Jehovah God. By following the instructions given them, the Levitical priesthood could offer pure, clean sacrifices.

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