Leviticus 25 – 27: The Sabbath Year, The Year of Jubilee, and the Terrible Cost of Disobedience

The Year of Jubilee, from The Story of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation by Charles Foster, published in 1879 Leviticus 25 begins with God explaining to Moses that, in addition to Jews observing a weekly Sabbath day, they should also observe a Sabbath year every seven years. During the Sabbath year, they are to…

Leviticus 22 – 24: More Repeated Laws, and the Stoning of a Blasphemer

The Blasphemer, pen and ink on paper, by Niccolò dell'Abbate, circa 1571, currently at the Musée du Louvre, Paris I will start this first blog post of the new year (hello, 2020!) with some happy news: after today's post, there's only one more in Leviticus! And all God's children said hallelujah. So, with Chapter 22:…

Leviticus 19 – 21: Various Repetitive Laws

Moses and Aaron Rejecting a Hunchback, from the Bible Moralisée Part 1, 13th Century, Currently with the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford University, United Kingdom The NIV version of Leviticus 19 starts with the heading: "Various Laws" because it's a mish-mosh of laws for all ancient Jews, not just for the Jewish priests as related in previous…

Leviticus 7 – 9: The Ordination of the First Jewish Priesthood and All Their Associated Offerings

Stained Glass Windows Depicting the Law (Moses) and the Priesthood (Aaron), Peterborough Cathedral, Peterborough, England, erected 1865 Chapter 7 begins with instructions on how the early Jews were to make their guilt offerings. Like the other livestock sacrifices, the animal was to be slaughtered where the burnt offerings were performed and blood splashed on the…

Leviticus 4 – 6: All About Sin and Guilt Offerings

The Horned Altar, from A Brief Sketch of the Jewish Tabernacle by Philip Y. Pendleton, published 1901, currently at Newfoundland and Labrador's University The Bible is chock full of repetition, and nowhere is this more in evidence than in the legal books of Leviticus and Deuteronomy. In today's blog post, focused on Leviticus' Chapters 4…

Exodus 34 – 40: The Israelites Finally Do as They’re Told

The Tabernacle, from Scripture Illustrations: Explanatory of Numerous Texts and of Various Customs Mentioned in the Bible With Twenty-Eight Cuts by Reuben S. Gilbert, 1827, currently at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill NOTE: Ordinarily these blog posts cover three chapters within the books of the Bible. This post will cover seven chapters,…