Leviticus

The Book of Leviticus provides extensive revelation into God’s holiness. And it reveals the ways of worship and holiness for the ancient Hebrew people.

CHAPTERS: 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27

RESOURCES: Summary, Outline, Memorize, The Scapegoat, Female Sacrificial Animals

 


SUMMARY

TITLE. In Hebrew, the title is simply vayyiqra, which means “and He called.”

The English title of “Leviticus” traces back to the Latin Vulgate translation, which traces back to the Greek word “Leuitikon.”

AUTHOR. Both Scripture and tradition attribute Leviticus to Moses. This was enough to satisfy most people in the synagogue and the church.

But in modern days, critical scholars insist that Leviticus was compiled from various sources. This seems to be the product of rationalistic skepticism.

DATE. Leviticus was written by Moses probably shortly after the composition of Exodus, in the second half of the 15th century BC.

PURPOSE. The Book of Leviticus provides extensive revelation into God’s holiness and love and grace.

His people are to worship him by means of a system of sacrifices.

And their holiness will consist of radically separating themselves from outsiders.

 


OUTLINE

 

WORSHIP GOD BY SACRIFICE

SACRIFICES

Leviticus 1:1-2. Burnt offerings

Leviticus 1:3-9. A bull

Leviticus 1:10-13. A sheep or goat

Leviticus 1:14-17. A turtledove or pigeon

Leviticus 2:1-16. Grain offerings

Leviticus 3:1-17. Peace offerings

Leviticus 4:1-2. Sin offerings

Leviticus 4:3-12. Sin offerings for priests

Leviticus 4:13-21. Sin offerings for the community

Leviticus 4:22-26. Sin offerings for the ruler

Leviticus 4:27-35. Sin offerings for individual people

Leviticus 5:1-6. Four sins that require a sin offering

Leviticus 5:7-13. Concessions for poor people

Leviticus 5:14-19. Three sins that require a guilt offering

Leviticus 6:1-7. Three sins that require a guilt offering, continued

HOW-TO SECTION FOR PRIESTS

Leviticus 6:8-13. How to do a burnt offering

Leviticus 6:14-18. How to do a grain offering

Leviticus 6:19-23. How to do an ordination offering

Leviticus 6:24-30. How to do a sin offering

Leviticus 7:1-10. Guilt offerings

Leviticus 7:11-21. Peace offerings

Leviticus 7:22-25. Don’t eat ritually sacrificed animal fat

Leviticus 7:26-27. Don’t eat blood

Leviticus 7:28-38. The portion for the priests

PRIESTHOOD AND THE SACRIFICIAL SYSTEM

Leviticus 8:1-36. Aaron is anointed high priest

Leviticus 9:1-22. The sacrifices begin

Leviticus 9:23-24. The LORD’s glory is revealed

Leviticus 10:1-5. Nadab and Abihu

Leviticus 10:6-11. Priestly conduct

Leviticus 10:12-20. Eating the priestly portion

CLEAN AND UNCLEAN

Leviticus 11:1-2. Permitted and forbidden prey

Leviticus 11:3-8. Mammals

Leviticus 11:9-12. Fish

Leviticus 11:13-23. Flying creatures

Leviticus 11:24-47. Unclean animals

Leviticus 12:1-8. Purification after giving birth

INFECTIOUS SKIN DISEASES AND MILDEW

Leviticus 13:1-46. Eight strategies for infectious skin disease

Leviticus 13:47-59. Mildew in clothing and personal articles

Leviticus 14:1-2. Cleansing after recovery from an infectious skin disease

Leviticus 14:3-7. The two-bird ritual outside the camp

Leviticus 14:8-9. Ceremonial washing

Leviticus 14:10-20. Sacrifices inside the sanctuary

Leviticus 14:21-32. Accommodations for a poor person

Leviticus 14:33-53. Cleansing an infected house

Leviticus 14:54-57. Summary

Leviticus 15:1-15. General discharges from a man

Leviticus 15:16-18. Emission of semen

Leviticus 15:19-30. Menstrual discharge

Leviticus 15:31-33. Summary

THE DAY OF ATONEMENT

Leviticus 16:1-19. The Day of Atonement

Leviticus 16:20-28. The Scapegoat

Leviticus 16:29-34. The Fast

HOLINESS AS RADICAL SEPARATION

SACRIFICING AND EATING MEAT

Leviticus 17:1-9. Sacrifice only at the Tent of Meeting

Leviticus 17:10-16. Eating blood is forbidden

MORALITY AND NONCONFORMITY

Leviticus 18:1-30. Twenty-four forbidden sexual practices

Leviticus 19:1-37. Righteous behavior

Leviticus 20:1-27. Punishments for various sins

PRIESTLY AND SACRIFICIAL HOLINESS

Leviticus 21:1-24. The holiness required of priests

Leviticus 22:1-16. The use of holy offerings

Leviticus 22:17-33. Unacceptable offerings

APPOINTED FEASTS

Leviticus 23:1-2. Holy days

Leviticus 23:3. The Sabbath

Leviticus 23:4-8. Passover

Leviticus 23:9-14. First Fruits

Leviticus 23:15-22. Pentecost

Leviticus 23:23-25. Trumpets

Leviticus 23:26-32. Yom Kippur

Leviticus 23:33-44. Succoth

CEREMONIAL AND MORAL REGULATIONS

Leviticus 24:1-4. The sanctuary lamp

Leviticus 24:5-9. The showbread

Leviticus 24:10-23. Blasphemy and its punishment

SPECIAL YEARS

Leviticus 25:1-7. The Sabbath Year

Leviticus 25:8-24. The Jubilee Year

Leviticus 25:25-34. Restoration of property

Leviticus 25:35-38. Restoration of poor people

Leviticus 25:39-55. Restoration of slaves

BLESSINGS AND CURSES

Leviticus 26:1-13. Blessings for obedience

Leviticus 26:14-46. Punishments for disobedience

VOWS, GIFTS, AND TITHES

Leviticus 27:1-25. Things that can be dedicated to the LORD God

Leviticus 27:26-34. Things that cannot be dedicated to the LORD God.

 


MEMORIZE

Leviticus 19:11. Do not steal. Do not lie. Do not deceive one another. (NIV translation)

Leviticus 23:40b. you shall rejoice before the LORD your God

Great verses to memorize from the entire Bible

 


LEVITICUS

CHAPTERS: 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27

RESOURCES: Summary, Outline, Memorize, The Scapegoat, Female Sacrificial Animals

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