Week 9: Leviticus 1-15

Prepare these questions for Sunday, April 28, 2013.

Leviticus is named for the tribe/descendants of Levi (they taught the law and served the temple) and it concerns the rules regarding sacrifices and purity.  The book of Leviticus is also usually about where people give up on reading the Bible.  It is somewhat tedious, hard to relate to from a modern perspective, and kind of gross (there's a lot of smearing/scattering blood).  It is generally thought to have been written by Moses, but (as always happens with the Bible) people argue about that. Try to imagine living in a culture that attempted to abide by the rules and regulations discussed in this book.

1.  Chapters 1 through 7 list and describe 5 different kinds of sacrifices or offerings.  What are they and when are they used?

2.  Who is anointed and installed as priests over Israel in Chapters 8 through 10?

3.  Chapters 11 through 15 have some pretty specific (and gross) rules about diets and health.  Which ones stand out to you as surprising or unusual?

4.  What value did all of these sacrifices, rules, and regulations have for the Israelites?  How is their worship of God different from Christian worship today? Are there ways in which it is similar?

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