By Jueseppi B.
The Book of Leviticus (from Greek Λευιτικός, Leuitikos, meaning “relating to the Levites“; Hebrew: ויקרא, Wayiqra, “And He called”) is the third book of the Hebrew Bible, and the third of five books of the Torah (or Pentateuch).
The English name is from the Latin Leviticus, taken in turn from Greek and a reference to the Levites, the tribe from whom the priests were drawn. It would be wrong, however, to describe Leviticus simply as a manual for priests as it concerns itself, at least equally, with the role and duties of the laity.
Leviticus rests in two crucial beliefs: the first, that the world was created “very good” and retains the capacity to achieve that state although it is vulnerable to sin and defilement; the second, that the…
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