Overview of Leviticus
1526 b.c.- Moses' birth
1446 b.c.- The plagues and the first Passover
1446 b.c.- The Exodus
1446 b.c.- The Ten commandments & Mt. Sinai
1446-1406 b.c.- The desert wanderings
1406 b.c.- Moses dies; Joshua becomes leader
1406 b.c.- Israelites enter Canaan
I. Laws & Instructions for Offerings (1-7)
II. Aaron & His Sons as God's Priests (8-10)
III. Rules for Holy Living (11-15)
IV. The Day of Atonement (16)
V. Practical Holiness (17-22)
VI. The Sabbath, Feasts, & Seasons (23-25)
VII. Conditions for God's Blessing (26-27)
Author & Audience:
Tradition states that Moses is the author, as he is credited with authoring the other books of the Pentateuch. The Pentateuch is Genesis through Deuteronomy. It is also possible (and a bit more likely) that the stories and laws were passed down via oral tradition and then written, with many different authors contributing to the text. The audience was, of course, the Israelites. The Levites (priests) read it, as did the people (or had it read to them, as some weren’t literate). The purpose of the book was to teach God’s laws and the reason for the covenant they had with Him.
Leviticus covers- sometimes in tiring detail- the rules for living a holy life. It takes place at the foot of Mt. Sinai, where the Ten Commandments were received.
1) Holiness. This book is very focused on how to live a holy life, with the “rules of conduct” written out in detail. This sort of detail makes it clear that there is not room for falling short when living a godly life.
2) Sin and atonement. It also highlights how when one does sin, it is important to make proper atonement.
As with Numbers & Deuteronomy, there will be less "word by word" quotes from the book, and more "summaries." I will, however, post the actual chapters and verses I used; you can read them in full if you so wish.
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