Bible study 102 – Leviticus 12

Women who give birth to a boy or a girl is unclean for forty or eighty days, respectively. During this time she can’t come into the “sanctuary” (the tabernacle?), and at the end of it she has to present a sin offering and a burnt offering.

(The Oxford Bible notes add that a better translation for “sin offering” may be “purification offering”, exactly because the women in question didn’t “sin”; they just need to be purified for their uncleanness.)

Leviticus 12:5
If she bears a female child, she shall be unclean two weeks, as in her menstruation; her time of blood purification shall be sixty-six days.

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