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And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32

Summary of the Book of Leviticus

By H. A. (Buster) Dobbs
  1. Introduction.
    1. The author is generally conceited to be Moses
    2. The book is regarded as a handbook for priests
    3. Leviticus contains laws regulating priests, purity, sacrifices, and holy days
  2. Sacrifices (1:1 to 7:38)
    1. Burnt offering (1:1-17)
      1. Offering of a bullock
        1. The animal’s body was consumed entirely in the fire
        2. It was a free will offering - surrender of life and will to God (1:2-3)
        3. It was the giving of something of value (1:3)
        4. It was an atonement (1:4)
        5. It was deliberate and meditative (1:4-5)
        6. The hide was given to the priest (1:6; 7:8)
      2. Offering of sheep and goats (1:10-13)
      3. Offering of fowls (1:14-17)
    2. Meat (meal) offering, bloodless and voluntary homage (2:1-16)
      1. The priest burned a portion and retained the balance (2:2-3)
      2. Offering of unleavened cakes (biscuits, or pancakes ( 2:4-10)
      3. Leaven and honey forbidden to be burned on the altar (2:11)
      4. Leaven and honey may be offered, but not burned (2:12)
      5. Offerings to be made with salt (2:13)
      6. Corn (grain) offered with frankincense and oil (2:14-16)
    3. Peace offering (3:1-17)
      1. Offering of the herd – male or female - bull, calf, cow, ox - (3:1-5)
      2. Offering of the flock – lamb (3:6-11)
      3. Offering of goat (3:12-16)
      4. Forbidden to eat fat or blood (3:17)
    4. Sin offering (4:1 to 5:13)
      1. If the sin is done through ignorance (4:2)
      2. If a high priest sin (4:3-12)
      3. If the whole congregation of Israel sin (4:13-21)
      4. If a ruler sin (4:22-26)
      5. If a common person sin (4:27-35)
      6. Three specific things requiring a sin offering (5:1-6)
      7. Concessions made to poverty (5:7-13)
    5. Trespass offering (5:14 to 6:7)
      1. If the trespass is done through ignorance (5:14)
      2. Failing to pay tithes and offering to Jehovah (5:15-19)
      3. Dealing falsely with a neighbor (6:1-7)
    6. Additional rules concerning sacrifices (6:8 to 7:38)
      1. Fire of the altar to never go out (6:8-13)
      2. Priestly portion of meat (meal) offering (6:14-18)
      3. Priestly offering of meal (cereal) (6:19-23)
      4. Priests portion and handling of sin offering (6:24-30)
      5. Further rules for trespass offerings (7:1-7)
      6. Skin of burnt offering belongs to priest (7:8)
      7. Instructions to priests for handling sacrifices (7:9-21)
      8. Not to eat the fat of a sacrifice nor any blood ever (7:22-27)
      9. Portion of peach offering belong to the priests (7:28-34)
      10. Conclusion of the section on sacrifices (7:35-38)
  3. Hereditary Priestly System (8:1 to 10:20)
    1. Consecration of Aaron and his sons (8:1-36)
      1. Anointing of Aaron and his sons (8:1-13)
      2. Sin offering for Aaron and his sons (8:14-17)
      3. Burnt offering for Aaron and his sons (8:18-21)
      4. Ram of consecration offered for Aaron and his sons (8:22-30)
    2. Aaron’s offerings for himself and the people (9:1-21)
    3. Priestly blessing of the people (9:22-23)
    4. Jehovah accepts the sacrifices by fire (9:24)
    5. Historical section (10:1-20)
      1. Sin and punishment of Nadab and Abihu, sons of Aaron (10:1-7)
      2. Law of wine and strong drink for the priests (10:8-9)
      3. Distinguish between holy and unholy (10:10)
      4. Priests to be teachers of the people (10:11)
      5. Law of priests eating holy things (10:12-20)
  4. Laws Concerning Purity
    1. Laws of purity for Israel (11:1 to 15:33)
      1. Ceremonial uncleanness (11:1 to 15)
        1. Unclean beasts that may not be eaten (11:2-47)
        2. Purification following childbirth (12:1-8)
        3. Laws concerning leprosy (13:1-59)
        4. Ceremonial cleansing for leprosy (14:1-57)
      2. Issues from human body (15:1-33)
    2. Day of atonement (16:1-34)
      1. Forbidden to enter holy place within the vail (16:2)
      2. Bathing and dressing (16:4)
      3. Sin offering for self (16:6)
      4. Sin offering for people (16:5)
      5. Cast lots for two goats – one sacrificed and one released (16:5-8)
      6. Sacrificed the bullock (16:11)
      7. Holy place within the vail with censer and incense (16:12-13)
      8. Return to Holy of Holies with bullock’s blood (16:14)
      9. Came out into court and killed the goat (16:15)
      10. Return to Holy of Holies with goat’s blood (16:15)
      11. Purified tabernacle (16:16-17)
      12. Blood placed on horns of the altar (16:18-19)
      13. Remaining goat released (16:20-22)
      14. Bathed again and changed his clothes (16:23)
      15. Sacrificed two rams (16:24-25)
      16. He that released the scapegoat shall wash (16:26)
      17. Remainder of sin offerings burned without the camp (16:27-28)
      18. Everlasting statute (16:29-34)
    3. Various laws concerning sacrifices (17:1-16)
      1. No sacrifices allowed away from the tabernacle (17:1-9)
      2. No eating of blood (17:10-14)
      3. Eating that which died of itself, or was torn (17:15-16)
  5. Preserving Holiness (18:1 to 27:34)
    1. Unlawful marriages and lusts (18:1-30)
      1. Incest forbidden (18:6)
      2. Homosexuality forbidden (18:22)
      3. Bestiality forbidden (18:23)
    2. Various laws governing moral uncleanness (19:1 to 20:27)
    3. Rules governing behavior of priests (21:1 to 22:16)
    4. Rules for sacrifices (22:17-33)
    5. Feasts and holy days (23:1-44)
      1. Seventh day sabbath (23:3)
      2. Passover (23:4-14)
      3. Pentecost, or first fruits (23:15-21)
      4. Feast of trumpets, New Year’s day of civil year (23:22-25)
      5. Day of atonement (23:26-32)
      6. Feast of tabernacles (lived in booths) (23:33-44)
    6. Sundry rules (24:1-23)
      1. Oil for the tabernacle lamps (24:1-8)
      2. Twelve cakes of fine flour - shewbread (24:5-9)
      3. Blaspheming God punished by death (24:10-16)
      4. Eye for an eye and tooth for a tooth (24:17-23)
    7. Sabbatical year – every seven years (25:1-7)
    8. Year of Jubilee – every fiftieth year (25:8-24)
      1. Treatment of the poor (25:25-28)
      2. Land sold and redeemed (25:29-34)
      3. No usury to be taken of a brother (25:35-38)
      4. Treatment of a brother Jew (25:39-46)
      5. Redeeming Jews sold to non-Jews (25:47-55)
    9. Promises and warnings (26:1-46)
      1. Blessing for obedience (26:1-13)
      2. A curse for disobedience (26:14-46)
    10. Vows and tithes (27:1-34)

H. A. "Buster" Dobbs, email: had@worldnet.att.net
P. O. Box 690192
Houston, Texas 77269-0192
(281) 469-3540

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