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Third book of the Hebrew Bible and Jewish Torah, covering the early part of Israel's time in the desert and also containing instruction on priestly service, offerings, and other ritual matters.

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Does Leviticus 4:27-35 also apply to someone who is not an Israelite?

And if any one of the people of the land shall sin through ignorance, doing any of those things that by the law of the Lord are forbidden, and offending (DRA) וְאִם־נֶפֶשׁ אַחַת תֶּחֱטָא ...
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Honey offerings accepted but not for burning - Leviticus 2:11

Repeatedly the phrase “land flowing with milk and honey” is referenced to the promised land, making honey a good and positive indicator of abundance, among other things. Yet honey was forbidden from ...
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“Be holy as I am holy”; why are the two words for “holy” written differently in Hebrew?

קְדֹשִׁים תִּהְיוּ: כִּי קָדוֹשׁ, אֲנִי ”Be holy for I (God) am holy" This verse in Leviticus 19:2 seems to demand that Israel should sanctify herself to the level of God’s holiness. But in ...
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Leviticus & Numbers offerings as holistic and comparing to a typical Western world's meal

Would it be correct to compare sacrifices in the Bible books to Leviticus and Numbers to a typical meal( more specifically a meal in Western culture)? For example, Let's analyze Numbers 28. ...
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Did the Israelites pay one, or two tithes?

On the website: "Hebrew Nations" the 'two-tithes' proposition is outlined: The Two Tithes The Tribe of Levi was divided into 2 major sections, Cohens (Priests) and Levites. The First Tithe was ...
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Grammatical analysis of יֶ֧רֶךְ הַמִּזְבֵּ֛חַ צָפֹ֖נָה in Leviticus 1:11

If we trust Biblehub's parsing information, yerek is in the construct form, hammizbeah is in the absolute form with the definite article, and saponah is in the absolute form with a 3FS possessive ...
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Subject of verb וְנִרְצָ֥ה in Leviticus 1:4

(Leviticus 1:4, KJV) And he shall put his hand upon the head of the burnt offering; and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him. A priori, I would have expected the subject of ...
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Leviticus 27:20 - If a person devotes field, how can it be sold such that he can't redeem it?

Ordinarily, if a field is sold, it returns to it's original owner in the Jubilee. The exception to this, found in Leviticus 27, is that if a man devotes a field to the service of the tabernacle, it ...
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Does הַכֹּהֵ֖ן, “the priest,” added to left hand in the purification ritual of a leprous person mean two priests are needed?

Leviticus describes an elaborate process for the purification of a leprous person. In one step the priest is to pour oil into the palm of "their own" left hand and dip their right finger in the oil: ...
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Did the Jews eventually emulate the ritual of cutting themselves during mourning for the dead in Jeremiah 16:5-6?

Moses had initial warned the Jewish people about cutting themselves when mourning for the dead. KJV Leviticus 19 28 Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks ...
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Differences between sin offering and guilt offering mentioned in the bible? (Guilt offering vs sin offering)

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I understand that there are 5 types of offerings in the bible: 1) Burnt offering 2) Grain offering 3) Peace offering 4) Sin offering 5) Guilt offering As I read ...
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Leviticus 5 “..it is hidden from him, and then he comes to know it..” exegesis

Leviticus 5 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 2 Or if a person touches any unclean thing, whether a carcass of an unclean beast or the carcass of unclean cattle or a carcass of unclean ...
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In Leviticus 15:8 why are husband and wife unclean temporarily after emission of semen?

We see in Leviticus 15:18 where the man and woman are unclean until evening after a man lies with a woman and there is an emission of semen. Why does this make them unclean? [Lev 15:8 KJV] 8 And ...
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Are the swarming things in Leviticus 11:29-38 the only creatures that defile other articles besides human beings?

After describing about five groups of unclean animals/creatures in Leviticus 11 it seems only the swarming creatures have the effect of defiling other vessels like stoves,ovens and pots besides human ...
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What is the most probable meaning of Leviticus 20:20?

Leviticus 20:20 NASB 20 If there is a man who lies with his uncle’s wife he has uncovered his uncle’s nakedness; they will bear their sin. They will die childless Does this refer to the following: ...
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How was atonement made for eating and touching an “unclean carcass” without shedding of blood in Leviticus 11:39-40?

Leviticus 11:39-40 NASB 39 ‘Also if one of the animals dies which you have for food, the one who touches its carcass becomes unclean until evening. 40 He too, who eats some of its carcass shall ...
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Why was the water not defiled by an unclean carcass in Leviticus 11:35-36?

Leviticus 11:35-36 NASB 35 Everything, moreover, on which part of their carcass may fall becomes unclean; an oven or a [t]stove shall be smashed; they are unclean and shall continue as unclean to ...
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Why were men more valuable than women in Leviticus 27:3-8?

Leviticus 27:3-8 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV) 3 The price for a man from 20 to 60 years old is 50 shekels[a] of silver. (You must use the official measure for the silver.) 4 The price for a woman who ...
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Does Leviticus 18:19 say women should be put apart during the menstrual cycle for health reasons or for defilement? [closed]

Deliberate preaching of the "whole counsel of God" will naturally encourage pastoral caregivers to continue the important conversation in Leviticus 18 as it carefully illustrates the pitfalls and the ...
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Did the Priest face a specific direction during the wave offering?

Exodus 29:24 24 And thou shalt put all in the hands of Aaron, and in the hands of his sons; and shalt wave them for a wave offering before the LORD. Leviticus 8:29 29 And Moses took the breast,...
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Are the feast of unleavened bread (Leviticus 23:11) and the feast of first fruits (Leviticus 23:14) mutually exclusive?

I'm trying to work out the Jewish holidays as a modern Christian, and am having trouble with it. Passover starts on the 14th of Nisan (a Saturday Sabbath). The next day (a Sunday) starts the feast of ...
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In Judges 8:18 what suggested royalty to Zebah and Zalmunna?

KJV Judges 8:18 Then said he unto Zebah and Zalmunna, What manner of men were they whom ye slew at Tabor? And they answered, As thou art, so were they; each one resembled the children of a king. ...
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In Leviticus 19:31 are unclean spirits unclean because they are disembodied breaths of the dead?

Were unclean spirits unclean because they were the disembodied breaths of the dead? Mat 12:43-45 NET 43 "When an unclean spirit goes out of a person, it passes through waterless places looking for ...
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Do the 'sevens' in Daniel 9:24-26 refer to years in a land sabbath cycle?

Daniel 9:24-26 (YLT): ... 'Seventy weeks [sevens] are determined for thy people, and for thy holy city, to shut up the transgression, and to seal up sins, and to cover iniquity, and to bring ...
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What does wool signify in Ezekiel 44:17?

Priests are forbidden to wear any woollen clothing during ministering in the temple & the reason given here is perspiration. Ezekiel 44:17 KJV .17 And it shall come to pass, that when they ...
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If the Exodus and conquest of Canaan took place around 1446 BC, why are there so many references to iron in that period's writing?

It has been reasonably argued by the Associates for Biblical Research, for example, that Exodus must have taken place in 1446 B.C., and that the conquest of Canaan must have taken place around 1406 B....
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Did Peter cut off the slave's ear to disqualify him as a priest (John 18:10)?

In John 18:10 (as well as the other gospels), Peter cuts off the ear of the slave of the high priest (NRSV): Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it, struck the high priest’s slave, and cut off ...
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Did the custom of mourning change in 2 Samuel 15:30?

According to the Jewish law one was obliged to uncover his head during mourning Leviticus 10:6 (KJV) 6 And Moses said unto Aaron, and unto Eleazar and unto Ithamar, his sons, Uncover not your ...
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Why is “I am the Lord” repeated in Leviticus?

I am reading Leviticus, and am genuinely confused about the use of the phrase: "I am the Lord [your God]". This phrase is added to the end of various instructions, seemingly at random. Is there any ...
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In Leviticus 12:5, why is the purification process for childbirth of a female baby double that of a male baby?

I was reading some of Jacob Milgrom's Leviticus commentary and I am a bit stumped as to what to make of the purification process, and how to explain the disparity between the length of purification ...
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Is Leviticus 21:4 about a “chief”, “husband” or a “close relative”?

The Hebrew reads, לֹא יִטַּמָּא בַּעַל בְּעַמָּיו לְהֵחַלּוֹ There is disagreement between the translations as to how exactly we should translate this passage. The NET and KJV translations ...
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Did Priests in the Old Testament Ever Eat The Entrails?

If the sin offering was offered to cover the sins of the anointed priest (Lev 4:3) then the priest wasn't free to eat ANY part of the animal. God got His part, but the rest of the animal - including ...
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Why does the peace offering have a three day ultimatum within which it must be eaten? Lev 19:6

For some other sacrifices, there was a one day ultimatum e.g the Passover (Exo 12:10) the peace offerings for thanksgiving (Lev 7:15) Leviticus 19:5-7 (NKJV) And if you offer a sacrifice of ...
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Should the bondwoman be scourged?

In Leviticus 19:20, the ESV reads: Leviticus 19:20–22 If a man lies sexually with a woman who is a slave, assigned to another man and not yet ransomed or given her freedom, a distinction shall ...
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Why was Abraham required to bring three year old offerings/sacrifices in Genesis 15:7?

(KJV) Genesis 15:7-9 And he said unto him, I am the LORD that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it. 8 And he said, Lord GOD, whereby shall I know that I ...
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On which day was the wave offering made in Leviticus 23:10-11?

Leviticus 23:10-11 New International Version (NIV) 10 “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘When you enter the land I am going to give you and you reap its harvest, bring to the priest a sheaf ...
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Relationship Jn13:34, Dt6:5 and Lev19:18? [closed]

ETA: Dumb question can this be answered without regard to denominations? I forgot about denominations when I moved from Christianity stackexchange... Do we have [commandment in first verse] if and ...
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How can we reconcile Leviticus 11:7 & Deutoronomy 12:14-15?

(KJV) Leviticus 11:7 7 And the swine, though he divide the hoof, and be clovenfooted, yet he cheweth not the cud; he is unclean to you. 8 Of their flesh shall ye not eat, and their carcase shall ...
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What does Lev 18:18 “Rival Wife” Mean?

Leviticus 18:18 (NIV): Do not take your wife’s sister as a rival wife and have sexual relations with her while your wife is living. I always wondered why it says it like this. Instead of, "do not ...
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In Leviticus 23:24 what is the function of the “festival of the trumpets”?

Leviticus 23:24 reads, Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy ...
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What is referred to as leprous disease of clothing in Leviticus?

Leviticus 13:47-49 (NRSVCE) says: Concerning clothing: when a leprous disease appears in it, in woolen or linen cloth, in warp or woof of linen or wool, or in a skin or in anything made of skin ,...
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What did the ram mean to ancient Hebrew shepherds as to inform it's use as a guilt/trespass offering?

Why is a ram without blemish used for the guilt offering? N.B: Unlike the bulls, goats and lambs used for sin offerings, the ram is not required to be young only that it be without blemish. Lev 6:...
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Why is “sacrificing children to Molek” part of the section discussing unlawful sexual relations?

In Leviticus 18, God tells Moses in detail what types of sexual relations — that, apparently, were practiced in Egypt (where they were brought out) and were being practiced in Canaan (where they are ...
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Did the blood touch the mercy seat in Leviticus 16?

(KJV) Leviticus 16:14 14 And he shall take of the blood of the bullock, and sprinkle it with his finger upon the mercy seat eastward; and before the mercy seat shall he sprinkle of the blood with ...
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Why doesn't Leviticus 18 forbid a man from incest with his daughter?

Leviticus 18 goes through a whole litany of relationships, forbidding a man from incest with his mother, step-mom, granddaughter, sister or half-sister, step-sister, aunt, sister-in-law, etc... But ...
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Did God show lenience to King Uzziah in 2 Chronicles 26:16-19?

(KJV) 2 Chronicles 26:16-19 16 But when he was strong, his heart was lifted up to his destruction: for he transgressed against the LORD his God, and went into the temple of the LORD to burn ...
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Does Leviticus say that leprosy can be cured with two birds?

Leviticus 14:3-7 states: The priest is to go outside the camp and examine them. If they have been healed of their defiling skin disease, the priest shall order that two live clean birds and some ...
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Why doesn't the penalty in Leviticus 21:9 apply equally?

In Leviticus 21:9 (NIV), the text states 'If a priest’s daughter defiles herself by becoming a prostitute, she disgraces her father; she must be burned in the fire.' Why is this limited only to a ...
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Sanctification of God

In Leviticus 22:32, Do not profane my holy name, that I may be sanctified in the midst of the Israelites. What is the meaning of this verse? does it mean that we can sanctify the LORD through ...
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Could Jephthah get back his daughter?

Some hold the view that in Jephthah vow with the lord (Judges 11:30-39), he merely sacrificed his daughter as a servant in the tabernacle instead. However, wouldn't the laws of such things also ...