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Was Leviticus 18:22 only prohibiting homosexuality that involved pagan rituals?

Let us be extremely clear about what Lev 18 is discussing which is explicitly stated in V3 - You must not follow the practices of the land of Egypt, where you used to live, and you must not follow ...
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Was Leviticus 18:22 only prohibiting homosexuality that involved pagan rituals?

What isn't addressed in other answers is where the claim comes from. Without understanding the claim, they fail to counter it. In particular, they all rely on the common English versions of the verses,...
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Does God command Cannibalism in Leviticus 26:27-29?

No, cannibalism is not being commanded. It is being predicted. The Hebrew word translated as "you shall eat" in this passage is the word "וַאֲכַלְתֶּ֖ם " (wa·’ă·ḵal·tem). This ...
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Why doesn't Leviticus 18 forbid a man from incest with his daughter?

The Specific is Covered in the More General Leviticus 18:17a states (NKJV): You shall not uncover the nakedness of a woman and her daughter If a man has a daughter, he certainly (at least in that ...
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Are bats described as birds?

All citations are from the orignal Hebrew and Aramaic, not translations In modern Hebrew, עטלף, the word to which I believe you are referring, indeed means bat. But Targum Yonason translates that ...
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Why doesn't Leviticus 18 forbid a man from incest with his daughter?

Although this question has been much discussed over the centuries, there is no clear consensus to explain omission of an explicit prohibition on father-daughter incest from Leviticus 18. As with many ...
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Why did the Mosaic Law prohibit the ancient Israelites from eating pork?

In the Hebrew Scriptures, death was "dirty." For example, contact with anything dead (whether animal or man) made the Israelite unclean in the ritual sense. Thus any scavenger was not appropriate for ...
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Leviticus says animal sacrifice will cleanse you from your sins. Hebrews says it's impossible. What does "clean" mean?

'Clean' (טָהֵר) in Leviticus 16 The Hebrew verb טָהֵר / taher is used consistently throughout the Hebrew Bible in terms of cleansing or purifying, and so in the context of Leviticus 16 the stated ...
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Does God command Cannibalism in Leviticus 26:27-29?

God in Leviticus 26:27-29 predict the future for Israel Lev 26:And if ye will not for all this hearken unto me, but walk contrary unto me Samaria (Northern tribes) will be put under siege, and the ...
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Is the 9th commandment the same as "You shall not lie"?

Although there can be an overlapping of sins with these two matters, they are stated distinctly in Exodus 20 for good reason. Here is a breakdown of the 8th commandment, ‘Thou shalt not steal’: ...
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Meaning of כָּמ֑וֹךָ in Hebrew / ὡς in Greek ("love thy neighbor *as* thyself")

The preposition כְּמוֹ (of which כָּמ֑וֹךָ is the 2nd person singular inflected form) means "like, as". There is a Hebrew prayer called מִי כָמֹכָה "Mi Chamocha" from it's opening ...
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Why is "sacrificing children to Molek" part of the section discussing unlawful sexual relations?

Introduction It seems that the confusion may arise from the presumption that chapter's primary concern is sexual practices; it is not. It is easy to see how this confusion might arise however. As ...
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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?

The iron age does not refer to the invention of iron smelting. As Wikipedia says: It is defined by archaeological convention, and the mere presence of cast or wrought iron is not sufficient to ...
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Was Leviticus 18:22 only prohibiting homosexuality that involved pagan rituals?

The OP has only given half the context. Verses 3 and 4 spell it out completely: 3You shall not do as they do in the land of Egypt, where you lived, and you shall not do as they do in the land of ...
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What did Nadab and Abihu do wrong?

This is a seemingly unusual action by the Lord, in that Nadab and Abihu had offered incense before the Lord, without provocation from the Lord. It's important to understand that a priest acts for God ...
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Is the 9th commandment the same as "You shall not lie"?

The problem is that many come to this commandment and apply a ‘modern/western’ dictionary definition to it. No. It means exactly what it says, it does not say what many want it to say. EXODUS 20:16 ...
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In Luke 8, why didn't Christ instruct the woman to appear before the priest?

Leprosy was a serious disease which caused the one who had it to be sent out from among the people to live isolated, away from anyone else. This was not the case for having an issue of blood. ...
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How to understand Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13

I don't think any of your four options answer your question. From an Orthodox Jewish perspective, the answer to your question is that each verse serves a different purpose. In the Torah -- the Five ...
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In Genesis 24:2 why did Abraham have his servant make his oath under his "thigh"?

Definition The Hebrew term often translated "thigh" is ירך (yārēḵ; יָרֵךְ), which HALOT notes can refer to (my numbering; HALOT has only 2 entries and groups a number of meanings under #1 of there ...
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Lev 18 - Is it "uncovering nakedness" or is it "having sexual relations with"?

The Hebrew formulation is: עֶרְוַ֥ת אֲחֽוֹת־אִמְּךָ֖ לֹ֣א תְגַלֵּ֑ה כִּֽי־שְׁאֵ֥ר אִמְּךָ֖ הִֽוא׃ (Lev 18:13, Westminster Leningrad Codex) Literally, the term גילוי עריות means "uncovering ...
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Why does the "Fat" belong to the Lord?

Leviticus 3 gives the details of the peace offering as it pertained to God, but not as it pertained to the priests. Leviticus 7 adds: And the priest shall burn the fat upon the altar: but the ...
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Are the feast of unleavened bread (Leviticus 23:11) and the feast of first fruits (Leviticus 23:14) mutually exclusive?

Firstfruits and Unleavened Bread In addition to the command to eat unleavened bread at Passover and during the 7-days of Unleavened bread, bread for the sanctuary had to be made every week of the year ...
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What is the symbolic significance of performing circumcision on the "8th day"?

In a compilation made in mid-13th century France by Chizkuni, there is an explanation quoting Rabbi Shimon ben Yochai, that the 8th day had been chosen by God for circumcision of the newly born so ...
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