the Book of Leviticus
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the third book of the Pentateuch was written by Moses.
The Hebrew title is "Wayyigra" and is
translated,"And He called". The other
variations for this book range from the Talmud referring
to Leviticus as "The Law or Priests" and
"The Law or the offerings". The Greek title in
the Septuagint is "Leuitikon" meaning
"That which pertains to the Levites". The
Latin Vugate derived the name Leviticus which is the
standard english form used today.
Ancient parallels to the Levitical Law of trespass
offering have also been found in the Ras Shamra Tablets
dated circa. 1400B.C. These tablets were found on the
coast of Northern Syria.
The purpose of this book was to give the guidelines to
living moral and ritual purity. When the Israelites
maintained their purity, God would live among them and
they could approach Him in worship. Through sacrifices
they atoned their sins. This action did not earn them
salvation, for salvation has been and is always a gift
These offerings were given by a redeemed nation to keep
their relationship with the Living God.
As modern Christians, we need to learn a lot from this
book. The importance of the Holiness of God, the
requirement to strive for Holy Living, the cost of
atonement and forgiveness, presenting the very best to
God, and the generosity of God to His people. In the first
part of Leviticus, we learn about the offerings to our God
and the second part of the book is dedicated to
instruction for living a Holy Life.
Reading these principles of life gives us a better
understanding on how to live our lives within God's Holy
Throughout Leviticus' chapters you will find links under
certain verses that are cross-references. Click on them to
see what other verses are like them.
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