Tag Archives: Leviticus

Holiness Theology in Leviticus

If you want holiness theology, Leviticus 17-27 is the place, especially chapters 19-22. In our teaching hour last week at Tikvat David (our congregation) I asked people what negative connotations the word “holy” has in their synagogue or church background. … Continue reading

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Karet or Being “Cut Off” in Torah

The first reference is Genesis 17:14, “Any uncircumcised male who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin shall be cut off from his people; he has broken my covenant.” What does it mean to be “cut off” from … Continue reading

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Uncircumcised Fruit? Leviticus 23:23-25

In today’s parasha we find the strange notion that new fruit trees give “uncircumcised” fruit for the first three years (holy in the fourth, and available to the owner starting in the fifth year, Leviticus 23:23-25). How can fruit be … Continue reading

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Leviticus, Impurity, and the Odor of Death

In the first part of this series, “Leviticus, Impurity, and Mouldering Self-Portraits,” I started with a comparison by Jacob Milgrom, the premier Leviticus scholar, on impurity in the Torah and a novel by Oscar Wilde. I also tried to look … Continue reading

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Leviticus, Impurity, and Mouldering Self-Portraits

I’ve never read The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. But I am familiar with the image created by Wilde in this novel, a gruesome image of the reality of evil. Dorian Gray had a portrait of himself commissioned. … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – Yeshua Against Leviticus?

One of the dividing lines in views about the historical Yeshua is whether he came to overturn the Torah, the Law of Moses, or to support it for his own Jewish people. Few scholars in recent studies have supported the … Continue reading

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