Naked Bible Podcast Episode 74 – Leviticus 11 Posted by DrHeiser | Nov 9, 2015 | Biblical Study & Translation, Hebrew Bible (OT), Leviticus, NakedBible | The episode is now live! Share: Rate:
hey bro, love the bible podcast. my two sons and i are trying to memorize leviticus in hebrew together, and your explanations are invaluable. question, what do you think about the claims john walton makes about the compositional structure of leviticus in this paper? https://www.ibr-bbr.org/files/bbr/BBR_2001b_08_Walton_LeviticusSacredSpace.pdf
Good timing. I like Walton’s article. See p. 301 for an idea I’m going to hit on in the next episode (recording) of the podcast — Lev 16 as a “reset” of the equilibrium). I will likely post the article after that episode, or wait until the end of the series to post it. Not sure yet.
For comment readers, here’s a nice pull quote from Walton — one that will sound familiar from Leviticus podcast episodes to this point:
“Given the Christian preoccupation with our status, it is not unexpected that we have typically come to Leviticus with a status orientation. We think of the sacrificial system in soteriological terms, addressing one’s status with regard to sin. In recent decades, the careful studies of Milgrom, Levine, Brichto, Kiuchi, and others have helped us to understand the sacrificial system, especially the sin and guilt offerings (preferably, Purification offering and Reparation offering), primarily as means of preserving the sanctity of sacred space and only secondarily the status of the individual. . . . In NT theology the Church is construed individually and corporately as the sanctuary in which Christ dwells, and his people have thereby become the object of the kipper that his blood performs. But this concept does not exist in the OT.”
The article moves on from this to argue that having the above perspective impedes discerning how the whole book is structured in regard to understanding zones of sacred space and their relationship.
I am really enjoying the Leviticus podcast. That the vast majority of the content is about creating sacred space is now obvious to me. It’s easy to say evangelicals read the Old Testament through the eyes of the New Testament. One can’t be so hard on themselves, when you’ve been reading passages like this one throughout your walk.
For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people, since he did this once for all when he offered up himself.”