Jubilee is an important concept found first in Leviticus. The idea is that land should return back to the tribal collective after 50 years, so people don't really buy land but lease it until the Jubilee year. Why? Because all land belongs to God who made it! Read more about Jubilee in today's Journey Bible Project blog.
Leviticus 24 contains a story about the stoning of Shelomith. There are a few texts in scripture where either God or the community puts someone to death. We can't ignore these texts. Sorry, part of the discipline of the Bible Project is to read the sad with the happy texts of Scripture. What we find can surprise us!
When Leviticus speaks of land, we need to be cautious not to think we can just take people's land from them. Texts about possessing land have been misused by generations of people and to think that somehow religious people continue to hold the ability to possess land and take it away from people is a problem. First of all, Leviticus is trying to show Israel, and us by extension, that land is not ours. Who does it belong to? Read this post and find out from Leviticus 21 who the land belongs to.
In the CBS TV show "Living Biblically" the main character tries earnestly to take the Bible literally, including stoning adulterers. Jesus followed the Torah, but when he met people caught in adultery, what did he do? Leviticus 20 includes some very sobering kinds of punishments for sins like adultery, but in this post we also remember the Rabbi who said to the woman, "Where are your accusers?" and "Go and leave your life of sin."
Leviticus 19 connects holiness of God to the treatment of our neighbors and even strangers. How can holiness be connected to how we treat others. Leviticus 19 is a huge chapter in the Bible to make this connection plain. It may seem confusing at first, but it has an organized structure, and it can be understood!
Leviticus 17 makes a transition to another section often called "The Holiness Code." Find out why holiness is so important in today's Journey Bible Project blog.
In this week's Journey Bible Project reading from Leviticus 16, we come to the most ancient source of much atonement theory that we theologians connect to the redemptive grace of God in Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. What happened on the Day of Atonement, called "Yom Kippur"?
Oh for crying out loud, do we have to talk about bodily fluids. Why is this stuff in the Bible anyway?! And what does God or the Bible care about bodily fluids? Find out in today's Journey Bible Project on Leviticus 15.
This blog post is about Leviticus 12 and women giving birth, but it got us to thinking about other issues around childbirth. We call on God's grace, mercy, love, and compassion to pour out on those who have succumbed to abortion for any reason, and we believe God can heal you.
What if God struck your sons dead? This the story of Aaron and his two sons, a very sad and poignant story of the first high priest, and what we learn about God and humanity in a story most people are afraid to tell, because it has to do with God striking people dead and things we'd rather not talk about. This the next text in The Journey Bible Project.
If you'd asked me in high school what a Levite was, I'd have said it was someone who wore Levis jeans. Haha! Well, Levites were priests in ancient Israel, and there are important things to learn about them in today's Journey Bible Project blog.
There is a recurring theme in the chapters leading up to and in Leviticus 7: forgiveness of to the offender. Read that again: the offender, not the offended. Pay back what you owe and add to it, make your offering, and you will be forgiven. The phrase is repeated several times in this section: “and the person will be forgiven.”
The idea of reparations is as ancient as Leviticus. The idea came from God and the English word that gets translated in this context of life in Israel is restitution. In today's Journey Bible Project blog, learn more about how the ideas of restitution, reparations, and punitive damages can be found in Leviticus.
Exodus and Leviticus include strong warnings against false idols and entering the presence of God without caution and disobediently. Journey Shepherd reflects on his upbringing in the Catholic Church and what he learned about reverence and holiness in those years and what he is learning now in reading Leviticus.