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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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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 ...
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How can we reconcile the difference in number of days of the unleavened feast in Deuteronomy 16:8 & Leviticus 23:6?

Deuteronomy 16:8 (KJV) 8 Six days thou shalt eat unleavened bread: and on the seventh day shall be a solemn assembly to the LORD thy God: thou shalt do no work therein. Leviticus 23:6 (KJV) 6 ...
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According to Leviticus 23:32 is fasting mandatory on the Day of Atonement or not?

In instructions for keeping the Day of Atonement, Leviticus 23:32 1 states: It shall be to you a Sabbath of solemn rest, and you shall afflict yourselves. On the ninth day of the month beginning at ...
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What could be the difference in the “sin offerings” in Leviticus 4?

Leviticus 4:13-18 NASB [13]'Now if the whole congregation of Israel commits error and the matter escapes the notice of the assembly, and they commit any of the things which the Lord has commanded ...
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In Leviticus 23:20 did they wave the bread of firstfruits along with the lambs?

Leviticus 23:20 (KJV, emphasis added): And the priest shall wave them with the bread of the firstfruits for a wave offering before the LORD with the two lambs: they shall be holy to the LORD for ...
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How did they manage to sacrifice all the animals in a day in Leviticus 23:18?

Leviticus 23:18 (KJV) 18 And ye shall offer with the bread seven lambs without blemish of the first year, and one young bullock, and two rams: they shall be for a burnt offering unto the LORD, ...
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How can we harmonize Leviticus 23:18 & Numbers 28:27?

(KJV)Leviticus 23:18 And ye shall offer with the bread seven lambs without blemish of the first year, and one young bullock, and two rams: they shall be for a burnt offering unto the Lord , with ...
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Why was the length of purification required for female children longer than that of males?

I understand that any ideas or research presented on this matter will keep the company of "hypothetical" since, even the Jewish sages are divided and uncertain. What we know is that if a woman gave ...
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How can we reconcile Leviticus 6:26-27 & Haggai 2:12?

Leviticus 6:26-27 (KJV) The priest that offereth it for sin shall eat it: in the holy place shall it be eaten, in the court of the tabernacle of the congregation. Whatsoever shall touch the flesh ...
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Was the burnt offering fed at once or in portions on the altar in Leviticus 6?

(KJV)Leviticus 6:9 Command Aaron and his sons, saying, This is the law of the burnt offering: It is the burnt offering, because of the burning upon the altar all night unto the morning, and the ...
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Were the children of Israel permitted to perform their own sacrifices?

I've been studying in Leviticus recently, and have recently come across a passage that I have read before multiple times, but never really spent a lot of time thinking through. From Leviticus 17:3-5: ...
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In Leviticus 14:4–5, who provided the two birds for purification?

In Lev. 14:4–5, it is written, 4 Then shall the priest command to take for him that is to be cleansed two birds alive and clean, and cedar wood, and scarlet, and hyssop: 5 And the priest shall ...
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In 2 Timothy 4:6 what is the meaning of the phrase “drink offering”?

2 Timothy 4 (NASB) [6]For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. Leviticus 23 (NASB) [13]Its grain offering shall then be two-tenths of an ...
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What happened to the fire on the altar during the breaking up of the camp in the wilderness?

Leviticus 6:8 8 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 9 Command Aaron and his sons, saying, This is the law of the burnt offering: It is the burnt offering, because of the burning upon the ...
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In Leviticus 19:18 is “love your neighbor” meant to include all people or just Israelites?

Leviticus 19:18 states לֹֽא־תִקֹּ֤ם וְלֹֽא־תִטֹּר֙ אֶת־בְּנֵ֣י עַמֶּ֔ךָ וְאָֽהַבְתָּ֥ לְרֵעֲךָ֖ כָּמ֑וֹךָ אֲנִ֖י יְהוָֽה. This is translated in the King James as: "Thou shalt not avenge, ...
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What are the prescribed goats to be used in the Day of Atonement ritual?

One aspect of the Day of Atonement ritual involves two goats, one of which will be killed and one of which will be released. The first mention of the two goats is Leviticus 16:5. The King James ...
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Is “tor-im” translated to “turtles” in KJV correct? Turtles was not used that way in 1600

In Leviticus 5:7 "tor-im" is translated as "turtledove". And in Leviticus 12:8 "tor-im" is translated as "turtle". It seems confusing for translators to translate a word one way, and then translate it ...
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In Leviticus 13:45, does the leper call out “unclean, unclean”, or is this his label?

Leviticus 13:45 reads: וְהַצָּרוּעַ אֲשֶׁר־בּוֹ הַנֶּ֗גַע בְּגָדָיו יִהְי֤וּ פְרֻמִים וְרֹאשׁוֹ יִהְיֶ֣ה פָר֔וּעַ וְעַל־שָׂפָם יַעְטֶה וְטָמֵא ׀ טָמֵא יִקְרָא The leprous person who has the ...
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Is Leviticus 14:46 literal or allegorical?

It's peculiar that it's God who puts leprosy in a house to begin with. Leviticus 14 33 And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, 34 When ye be come into the land of Canaan, which ...
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Is the priest made unclean by entering a 'leprous' house? Lev.14:44-46

Lev.14:33-57 describes procedures for identifying and cleansing a leprous house. It seems that declaring a house unclean does not makes it unclean, but rather it's the presence of leprosy in the '...
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In Leviticus 7:21 does “abominable” mean that pigs and rats are “disgusting and repulsive” or in some sense “spiritually horrible”?

In Leviticus 7:21 does "abominable" mean that pigs and rats are "disgusting and repulsive" or in some sense "spiritually horrible" or "idolatrous"?: Lev 7:21 Moreover the soul that shall touch any ...
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In Leviticus 19:24, what is the meaning of the phrase “all its fruit shall be holy, an offering of praise to the LORD”?

The prohibition of עָרְלָה (ʿārlâ) has been widely interpreted as an agricultural practice to cultivate the trees. But what is the meaning of Lev. 19:24 wherein it states to make the fourth year crop ...
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In Leviticus 18:5, what is being promised with regard to “life”?

In Leviticus 18:5, what is being promised with regard to "life"? Is "shall live in them" another way of saying "shall live because of them"? Or "shall live in accordance with the ordinances"? As a ...
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In Leviticus 14:8-9 when is a person considered ceremonially clean?

Leviticus 14 details the purification process after healing from the skin diseases described in Leviticus 13. 8 “The persons being purified must then wash their clothes, shave off all their hair, ...
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How large were the show-breads based on the measurements of Leviticus 24:5?

I have a couple of question regarding the show-bread. I've done some research on this and it seems that by my calculations the loaves would have been huge. Were the leavened? I don't think the recipe ...