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.