Questions tagged [leviticus]

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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Is Leviticus 20:18 still in effect today? [closed]

Leviticus 20:18 18 If a man lies with a woman during her menstrual period and uncovers her nakedness, he has made naked her fountain, and she has uncovered the fountain of her blood. Both of them ...
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Do not slaughter a cow or a sheep and its (her?) young on the same day

Leviticus 22:28 New International Version Do not slaughter a cow or a sheep and its young on the same day. English Standard Version But you shall not kill an ox or a sheep and her young in one day. ...
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Why couldn't newborn animals be offered with their parents?

According to Leviticus 22:28: Whether it is a cow or ewe, do not kill both her and her young on the same day. Why couldn't animals be offered together with their parents on the same day?
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How come newborn animals could only be sacrificed on the eighth day?

According to Leviticus 22:27, this was the rule for offering newborn animals: “When a bull or a sheep or a goat is born, it shall be seven days with its mother; and from the eighth day and thereafter ...
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Why did God tell Moses to scout the land whether it was good or bad in Numbers 13:19?

In Numbers 13 we are told that God had instructed Moses to sent spies to scout the land.One of the instructions was to check whether the land was good or bad. Numbers 13:2,13 ESV The Lord spoke to ...
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Does the Bible forbid the making of representational art, or just the worship of it?

In Exodus 24:4-5 (KJV) one reads Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under ...
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How can a priest's father be something else than a priest?

How can Zabud be a priest, with his father Nathan being a prophet? Weren't the Levites singled off to serve as priests for the LORD? Azariah the son of Nathan was over the officers; Zabud the son of ...
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Meaning of כָּמ֑וֹךָ in Hebrew / ὡς in Greek ("love thy neighbor *as* thyself")

What is the correct interpretation of the Hebrew "כָּמ֑וֹךָ" in Leviticus 19:18, or the Greek "ὡς" in Luke 10:27 (which is quoting the Leviticus verse)? I have a theory that "...
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Why did Moses tell the entire Israel God's priest-only commands in Leviticus 21?

In Leviticus 21:1, God instructs Moses to give only the priesthood a specific set of commands: And the Lord said to Moses, “Speak to the priests, the sons of Aaron, and say to them... However, at ...
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Why the differing punishments for sexual sin in Leviticus 20:14, 20, and 21?

In Leviticus 20:14, 20, and 21, the Lord gives varying punishments for sexual sins: 14 If a man marries a woman and her mother, it is wickedness. They shall be burned with fire, both he and they, ...
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Were Israelite Sukkot סֻּכּ֗וֹת “Booths” in Leviticus 23:42-43 simply Ohalim אֹהָלִים “Tents”? - based on Balaam’s observations in Numbers 24:5?

When Balaam raised his eyes and saw Israel dwelling according to its tribes, and the spirit of God rested upon him - Did God confirm through Balaam that Sukkot were good “Tents”? [Bamidbar | Numbers ...
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In 2 Maccabees 12, Why did Pharisaic Jews believe posthumus money could purify souls of dead sinners - in contrast to Torah of Leviticus 17:11?

Based on [2 Maccabees 12:39-45, NRSV] we learn Judas Maccabeus believed the souls of dead idolaters were never fully atoned for through their own physical deaths (shedding of their blood) in contrast ...
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What is the symbolism related to Lev 23:40

Feast of Tabernacles is one of God's appointed times. What is the significance of Lev 23:40, in particular the branches and leafy trees? On the first day you are to gather the fruit of majestic trees,...
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Why did Jesus in John 7:2-43 ignore fulfillment of Leviticus 23:36-39 for the 8th day of חַ֧ג הַסֻּכּ֛וֹת Chag Sukkot causing Unrest instead of Rest?

When studying "Festival of The-Tabernacles" in [John 7:2-43], we read about Jesus' rather non-Messianic actions on the 8th [last] day of חַ֧ג הַסֻּכּ֛וֹת. Chag Ha-Sukkot : "**On the last ...
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When did Jesus declare all foods clean? [duplicate]

Leviticus 11: 4 “’There are some that only chew the cud or only have a divided hoof, but you must not eat them. The camel, though it chews the cud, does not have a divided hoof; it is ceremonially ...
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What is the meaning of "the life of all flesh"?

In Leviticus 17:14, the Lord says this about animal blood: for it is the life of all flesh. Its blood sustains its life. Therefore I said to the children of Israel, ‘You shall not eat the blood of ...
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Why cover animal blood in dust?

The Lord commanded Israel in Leviticus 17:13 to do the following with blood from hunted animals: “Whatever man of the children of Israel, or of the strangers who dwell among you, who hunts and ...
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Does Leviticus 1 allow for a woman to bring an offering to the LORD and to kill the offering before the LORD?

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 ...
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Does fire devour Nadab and Abihu but not their tunics?

Leviticus 10 1Then Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, each took his censer and put fire in it, put incense on it, and offered profane fire before the Lord, which He had not commanded them. 2So fire ...
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Food safety issue in Leviticus 7:16?

Leviticus 7: 15The meat of their fellowship offering of thanksgiving must be eaten on the day it is offered; they must leave none of it till morning. OK, healthwise. 16“ ‘If, however, their ...
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In Luke 8, why didn't Christ instruct the woman to appear before the priest?

After healing a man afflicted with leprosy Christ bids him to appear before the priests and offer sacrifices prescribed by the law Mark 1:40-43 NIV 40 A man with leprosy[h] came to him and begged him ...
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Are James 2:26 and Leviticus 17:11 contradictory? [closed]

The spirit is the animating force of the body. As well, the blood accomplishes the same. When contrasted, the following passages appear to be contradict one another: Leviticus 17:11: "‘For the ...
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Leviticus 18:21 in LXX different?

In Leviticus 18:21 in the LXX it reads.. "And thou shalt not give of thy seed to serve a ruler; and thou shalt not profane my holy name; I the Lord" ... which is different from the ...
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Why did God punish Cain and Onan so differently?

Cain killed Abel in Genesis 4 and punished: 10 The Lord said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground. 11Now you are under a curse and driven from the ground,...
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Does Leviticus 16:10 foreshadow Matthew 4:1?

Leviticus 16:10 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. Matthew 4:1 Then ...
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Does 1 Corinthians 11:4, 7 contradict Leviticus 8:5, 9?

Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head, (1 Cor 11:4 - ESV) For a man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God, but woman is the glory of ...
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Is the 9th commandment the same as "You shall not lie"?

Exodus 20: 15“You shall not steal. 16“You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. Should we interpret “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor" as "You shall ...
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If Peter is released from keeping the Torah [Romans 7:6], Why does 1 Peter 1:14-16 uphold (Leviticus 11:45 & Leviticus 19:2)?

Why does the Apostle Peter add in [1 Peter 1:14-16] that all should be: As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who ...
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Are cats and dogs unclean animals?

Leviticus 11:27 Of all the animals that walk on all fours, those that walk on their paws are unclean for you; whoever touches their carcasses will be unclean till evening. Are cats and dogs unclean ...
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Did Hannah pay for Samuel's dedication to the Lord in 1 Samuel 1? [closed]

According to the law in the book of Leviticus one was obliged to pay a certain amount for dedicating someone to the Lord Leviticus 27:1-7 NIV 27 The Lord said to Moses, 2 “Give the following ...
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How would Christians answer Dan Barker? [closed]

Yesterday I came across an article by Dan Barker titled: "the top 10 worst Old Testament verses" in his article Mr. Barker, an Evangelical turned Atheist quoted many verses to prove his ...
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Does God command Cannibalism in Leviticus 26:27-29?

Yesterday I was reading through Leviticus and I came across Leviticus chapter 26 verse 27-29 where it says "And if ye will not for all this hearken unto me, but walk contrary unto me; Then I ...
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Sin Vs Transgression: is there a technical difference? Lev 16:16 "uncleannesses, transgressions, all their sins"

What is the basic difference between sin vs. transgression? khata or chata/ḥāṭā and pesha Take for example Lev 16:16 ESV to be specific about the various words describing sin: Thus he shall make ...
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What is the significance or symbolism of wringing off the head of a bird in Leviticus 1:14?

It is said during the offering of a burnt sacrifice of a bird the Priest shall wring off its head and burn it,then shall drain its blood,remove its feathers,divide it and then finally burn it. ...
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Were the rules/prohibitions in the Torah fully or partially applied in Israel's history? [closed]

Going through the Torah, there are a large number of laws prescribed by the Lord through Moses. But I've been wondering why we don't hear much about enforcement of these rules in the period after the ...
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When did the concept that Leviticus laws no longer apply to Christians first become common, and what scripture supports it? [closed]

I've heard many times that many of the probitions in Leviticus that Jewish people continue to abide by don't apply to Christians. I've further heard a claim that the laws were broken up into 3 types, ...
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Did the Egyptian curse Yahweh (blasphemy) or the Israelite in Leviticus 24?

Leviticus 24:10-12 וַיֵּצֵא בֶּן אִשָּׁה יִשְׂרְאֵלִית וְהוּא בֶּן אִישׁ מִצְרִי בְּתוֹךְ בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל וַיִּנָּצוּ בַּמַּחֲנֶה בֶּן הַיִּשְׂרְאֵלִית וְאִישׁ הַיִּשְׂרְאֵלִי. יא וַיִּקֹּב בֶּן ...
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Is Acts 15:20 a summary of Leviticus 17 & 18?

Acts 15:19-20 read (KJV): Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God: But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, ...
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Is the "cutting off" in Leviticus 20:3 evidence of the afterlife?

Leviticus 20:1-4 Say to the Israelites: ‘Any Israelite or any foreigner residing in Israel who sacrifices any of his children to Molek is to be put to death. The members of the community are to stone ...
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How to understand 1 Samuel 16:7 in light of Leviticus 21:16-20?

1 Samuel 16:7 NIV 7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward ...
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Was Leviticus 18:22 only prohibiting homosexuality that involved pagan rituals?

I have heard some progressive Christians claim that Leviticus 18:22 was only condemning homosexual activities for idolatrous rituals. I know that 1 Corinthians 6:9 and 1 Timothy 1:10 was using the ...
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Why did the Mosaic law prohibit the killing of an ox or sheep and its young on the same day in Leviticus 22:28?

28 But, whether it is an ox or a sheep, you shall not slaughter both it and its young in one day. What is the reason for this prohibition?
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Does Leviticus 23:6 contradict Exodus 12:18-19?

[Exodus 12:18-19 NLT] (18) The bread you eat must be made without yeast from the evening of the fourteenth day of the first month until the evening of the twenty-first day of that month. (19) During ...
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Permanent Statutes in the OT [closed]

I was reading Num 19:10 and it says that the law would be a permanent "statute" (KJV). The man who gathers up the ashes of the heifer must also wash his clothes, and he too will be unclean ...
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Was committing suicide okay according to Leviticus 24:17?

Leviticus 24:17 (BSB) And if a man takes the life of anyone else, he must surely be put to death. If a man takes his own life, then what?
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Did the priest violate the Sabbath as alluded in Matthew 12:5?

Matthew 12:5 NASB 5 Or have you not read in the Law that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple [c]violate the Sabbath, and yet are innocent? But according to the law the priests on duty had a ...
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Was Moses a priest as suggested in Psalms 99:6?

Psalms 99:6 NIV Moses and Aaron were among his priests, Samuel was among those who called on his name; they called on the Lord and he answered them. According to the law priests were consecrated and ...
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Why does Matthew 26:17 seem to ignore/contradict the instructions and schedule of Leviticus 23:5-7?

In Leviticus 23, Passover completely precedes the Feast of Unleavened Bread, with the first day being a day of convocation: [Lev 23:5-8 NLT] (5) "The LORD's Passover begins at sundown on the ...
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How to interpret Leviticus 20:21?

Leviticus 20:21 "'If a man marries his brother's wife, it is an act of impurity; he has dishonored his brother. They will be childless. How would childlessness be accomplished?
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Does the Law prohibit all farming with hybrid cultivars?

In Deuteronomy 22:9 (NASB) “You shall not sow your vineyard with two kinds of seed, otherwise all the produce of the seed which you have sown and the yield of the vineyard will be forfeited to the ...

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