Wednesday, July 25, 2007

13 Things About the Book of Levitcus

This is the third in a series of posts with factoids concerning the books of the Bible:
1. The name Leviticus is from the Greek translation and means “pertaining to the Levites”.

2. The original Hebrew title was Wayyiqra which means “and we summoned”.

3. Moses is the accepted author

4. The book centers on how God’s people can sustain a right relationship with Him.

5. The first way is to enter a relationship with God based on forgiveness of sins.

6. Forgiveness is obtained by offering the right sacrifice the right way and by the right priest.

7. The second path to a right relationship with God is by living according to his regulations.

8. This means that His people are separate and are different from others.

9. Leviticus teaches that God in His holiness has the right to instruct His people down to the smallest detail.

10. Many of the chapters on the priesthood (chapter 21 and chapter 22) foreshadow Christ’s perfection as the ultimate priest.

11. “Blood” occurs more than sixty times in Leviticus. Clearly it is an important concept. Blood is outpoured through ritual sacrifice and is the key to atoning for sins (17:11).

12. This knowledge helps us to understand the violent death of Christ.

13. Chapters 1-10 involve the laws on sacrifice and priesthood. Chapters 11-16 deal with uncleanliness in a variety of ways. Chapters 17-26 contain laws concerning holy living, and chapter 27 instructs followers regarding tithes and vows.

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Comedy + said...

I didn't know very much of this. Very well thought out post. Have a great TT. :)

Irreverent, Barefoot Ragamuffins said...

Interesting reading. I knew some of them, but not all. Great list!

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Crimson Wife said...

Interesting TT, thanks for sharing! It's been a long time since I studied the OT, I ought to revisit it.

Ben Clapton said...

Great post explaining this book. I have recently had a problem with this book, mainly because people would be taking one or two verses of this book out of context and using it to prove their point, but not keeping any of the other laws that are in here. I don't think the bible is something that you should pick and choose from for your own personal agenda.

But this was a great post, just explaining the book, and not going into the controversial points.

Qtpies7 said...

Great list!
I don't think I knew a lot of that.

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