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Posts from June 2020

Leviticus 23 – Jewish Holidays

Leviticus 23 overviewed seven of Israel’s major holy days and holidays: 1) Sabbath; 2) Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread (viewed as one holiday); 3) Feast of Firstfruits; 4) Feast of Weeks; 5) Trumpets; 6) Day of Atonement; 7) Feast of Booths. You may wonder: What about Hanukkah?  What about Purim? These are two other Jewish holidays, but they both came after Moses gave Israel the Law in Leviticus.  Purim was established in the book of Esther (after the…

Leviticus 22b – Comparing Defects

When we read the list of defects that would have kept an animal from being sacrificed in Lev 22:22-25, we find that they resemble the list of defects that would have kept a priest from serving publicly in 21:18-20.  Because I know you are super curious, here’s a handy chart comparing the two lists (English is taken from ESV): Both lists offer twelve disqualifying defects.  The lists don’t match, but they both begin with blindness and end with injuries to…

Leviticus 21-22a: The Bachelor: OT Priest Edition

Every wonder what an Old Testament priest’s love life was like? Me neither. But Leviticus 21 answers the question for us anyway.  At least, it regulates who a priest could and could not marry.  (Keep in mind—we’re talking about OT priests, not Catholic priests.  The latter do not have a love life, as they take vows of celibacy and remained unmarried.) An OT priest was not allowed to marry a prostitute or a woman who had been divorced (Lev 21:7). …