Bible study 107 – Leviticus 17

It turns out that all animals that can be sacrificed (cows, goats etc.), have to be sacrificed (killed, butchered, and partially burned) at the tabernacle before eating them. With a population of more than a million and only one small tabernacle, this sounds like a logistical nightmare.

The Israelites are again reminded to definitely never “eat” (drink?) blood. In fact, half the chapter is spent on this simple prohibition, and it has been repeated several times in Leviticus, and was even stipulated once in Genesis 9.4 (although I didn’t mention it then). So this is clearly an important rule.

Leviticus 17:14
For the life of every creature—its blood is its life; therefore I have said to the people of Israel: You shall not eat the blood of any creature, for the life of every creature is its blood; whoever eats it shall be cut off.

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One Comment on “Bible study 107 – Leviticus 17”

  1. […] The next 14 chapters or so are Moses’ (highly revised) summary of the rules God have set forth in the preceding books. In this chapter, he commands the Israelites to destroy the Canaanites’ shrines, and to only perform sacrifices in a specific place in Israel (presumably the Temple in Jerusalem, which is yet to be built). However, since everyone will be scattered in a huge country, it is no longer necessary to ritually sacrifice all animals that you are going to eat at the central shrine, which was prescribed in Leviticus 17. […]


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