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Leviticus

Author: Samuel E Balentine
Publisher: Louisville : John Knox Press, ©2002.
Series: Interpretation, a Bible commentary for teaching and preaching.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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This work focuses on the history of Israel during this time when Israel's life was marked by the various ritual sacrifices and observances commanded by God for the ordering of the nation's life.

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Genre/Form: Commentaries
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Samuel E Balentine
ISBN: 0804231036 9780804231039
OCLC Number: 51782427
Description: 220 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Reading and Appropriating Ritual Texts --
"Speak to the People of Israel" --
Leviticus and the Torah's Vision of Worship --
Part 1. Gift of Sacrifice Leviticus 1-7 --
1:1-17 Burnt Offerings --
Introduction (1:1-2) --
"If the Offering Is a Burnt Offering from the Herd" (1:3-9) --
"If Your Gift ... Is from the Flock" (1:10-13) --
"If Your Offering Is ... a Burnt Offering of Birds" (1:14-17) --
Theological Reflections --
2:1-16 Cereal Offerings --
Uncooked Wheat (2:1-3) --
Cooked Wheat (2:4-10) --
Special Instructions (2:11-13) --
Natural Barley (2:14-16) --
3:1-17 Well-Being Offerings --
"If You Offer an Animal from the Herd" (3:1-5) --
"If Your Offering ... Is from the Flock" (3:6-16a) --
"All Fat Is the Lord's" (3:16b-17) --
Further Reflections on Voluntary Offerings --
4:1-5:13 The Purification Offering --
Introduction (4:1-2) --
"If It Is the Anointed Priest Who Sins" (4:3-12) --
"If the Whole Congregation of Israel Errs Unintentionally" (4:13-21) --
"When a Ruler" or "Anyone of the Ordinary People" Sins (4:22-35) --
Specific Cases and Special Concessions (5:1-13) --
5:14-6:7 The Reparation Offering (MT: 5:14-26) --
Violation of the "Holy Things of the Lord" (5:14-19) --
Violation of Other Human Beings (6:1-7) (MT: 5:20-26) --
Burden of Sin, the Hope of Forgiveness, and the Gift of Ritual --
6:8-7:38 Further Instructions concerning Sacrifices (MT: 6:1-7:38) --
Part 2. Ordination, Holy Worship, and Unholy Behavior Leviticus 8-10 --
8:1-36 The Ordination of Aaron and His Sons --
Assembling the Materials and the Persons (8:1-5) --
Ordination Ceremony (8:6-30) --
Final Instructions (8:31-36) --
9:1-24 The Eighth Day: Holy Worship --
10:1-20 The Eighth Day: Unholy Behavior --
Priestly Misconduct (10:1-7) --
Instructions for the Priests (10:8-11) --
Priestly Misconduct and a Resolution (10:12-20) --
Part 3. Instructions on Purity and Impurity Leviticus 11-15 --
11:1-47 Clean and Unclean Animals --
Categorization of Clean and Unclean Animals (11:2-23, 41-45) --
Ritual Procedures for Purification (11:24-40) --
Purpose of the Instructions (11:46-47) --
12:1-8 The Uncleanness of Childbirth --
13-14 The Uncleanness of Skin Disease --
First Speech: Skin Diseases and Related Matters (13:1-59) --
Second Speech: The Purification Ritual for a Person Recovered from a Skin Disease (14:1-32) --
Third Speech: Purification Rituals for an Unclean House (14:33-53) --
For Further Reflection: "Have You Considered My Servant Job?" --
15:1-33 The Uncleanness of Genital Discharges --
Male Discharges (15:1-17) --
Sexual Intercourse (15:18) --
Female Discharges (15:19-30) --
Concluding Statement (15:31-33) --
Part 4. Day of Purification Leviticus 16:1-34 --
Precautions and Preparations (16:1-2, 3-10) --
Ritual Proper (16:11-28) --
Instructions for Regularizing the Ritual (16:29-34a) --
"Everlasting Statute" ... for Jews and Christians? --
Part 5. Holiness Code Leviticus 17-27 --
17:1-16 The Slaughter and Consumption of Meat --
First Three Prohibitions (17:1-9) --
Central Prohibition: "No Person among You Shall Eat Blood" (17:10-12) --
Two Positive Commands (17:13-16) --
18:1-20:27 "You Shall Be Holy, for I the Lord Your God Am Holy" --
Framing Exhortations (18:1-5, 24-30; 20:7-8, 22-26) --
Framing Prohibitions (18:6-23; 20:2-21, 27) --
Central Summons to Holiness (19:1-36) --
21:1-22:33 You Shall Be Holy ... because I YHWH Am Making You Holy --
Instructions to Priests concerning Mourning and Marriage (21:1-9 and 21:10-16) --
Instructions concerning Disqualifying Blemishes (21:16-24) --
Instructions concerning Eating Sacred Food (22:1-9 and 22:10-16) --
Instructions concerning Blemished Sacrificial Animals (22:17-33) --
23:1-44 The Holy Calendar --
Introduction: The Sabbath (23:1-3) --
Spring Festivals (23:4-22) --
Fall Festivals (23:23-43) --
Further Reflections on Sacred Time --
24:1-23 Oil, Bread, and Blasphemy --
Oil and the Bread (24:1-9) --
Case of Blasphemy (24:10-23) --
25:1-26:46 Sabbatical Year, Jubilee, and Blessings and Curses --
Sabbatical Cycles and Provision for the "Redemption of the Land" (25:1-24) --
Jubilee's Guarantee of Redemption (25:25-55) --
"Keep My Sabbaths" (26:1-2) --
Blessings and Curses (26:3-39) --
"But if They Confess Their Iniquity" (26:40-46) --
Sabbatical Vision of Liberty and Justice for All --
27:1-34 Vows, Consecrations, and Other "Gifts" to God --
Vows of Persons and Animals (27:1-13) --
Consecrations of Houses and Fields (27:14-25) --
Restrictions on Vows and Consecrations (27:26-34) --
Final Words.
Series Title: Interpretation, a Bible commentary for teaching and preaching.
Responsibility: Samuel E. Balentine.
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