Category Archives: devotion

Numbers 17-20: Priests, red cow ritual

For the disobedience of the 250 chieftains, the LORD punishes the Israelites with a plague and commands Moses and Aaron to offer incense as expiation.  The plague kills 14,700.  To further prove Aaron’s superiority, the LORD asks all tribes to … Continue reading

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Leviticus 21-24: Priests, annual festivals, stoning

Priests cannot become unclean.  For example, they cannot come near the corpses of anyone except close relatives, while high priests cannot even mourn for their parents’ death, let alone come close to their corpses.  Nobody with physical defects can offer … Continue reading

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Leviticus 17-20: Who you can’t have sex with

Anyone who slaughters an ox or sheep, or offers a sacrifice, without bringing it to the Tent of Meeting has bloodguilt; he shall be cut off from his people.  Any Israelite or stranger who eats blood shall be cut off, … Continue reading

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Leviticus 13-16: Lepers, atonement, and the god of the wilderness Azazel

Very complicated and arcane instructions for how a priest can determine whether someone has “tzara’at” (translated very inaccurately as “leprosy”).  For example, if someone has a scaly affection, the priest should check whether the skin has a white swelling that … Continue reading

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Leviticus 9-12: God kills priests, food laws

On the eighth day following the beginning of the ordination of Aaron and his sons, they sacrifice animals and meal; the community does the same.  The LORD appears to all the people, and fire comes forth from him to consume … Continue reading

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