11 Facts About Leviticus


Book of Leviticus is the third book of the Torah and of the Old Testament, known as the Third Book of Moses.

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In Leviticus, God tells the Israelites and their priests, the Levites, how to make offerings in the Tabernacle and how to conduct themselves while camped around the holy tent sanctuary.

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Leviticus takes place during the month or month and a half between the completion of the Tabernacle and the Israelites' departure from Sinai.

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Instructions of Leviticus emphasize ritual, legal and moral practices rather than beliefs.

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English name Leviticus comes from the Latin, which is in turn from the Ancient Greek:, referring to the priestly tribe of the Israelites, "Levi".

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Leviticus is to sacrifice a bull for the sins of the priests, and a goat for the sins of the laypeople.

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Nevertheless, Leviticus had a long period of growth before reaching that form.

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Many scholars argue that the rituals of Leviticus have a theological meaning concerning Israel's relationship with its God.

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Leviticus maintained that the priestly regulations in Leviticus expressed a rational system of theological thought.

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New Testament, particularly the Epistle to the Hebrews, uses ideas and images from Leviticus to describe Christ as the high priest who offers his own blood as a sin offering.

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In Homilies on Leviticus, Origen expounds on the qualities of priests: to be perfect in everything, strict, wise and to examine themselves individually, forgive sins, and convert sinners.

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