Bible study 111 – Leviticus 21

The following rules are mainly meant for priests: don’t touch dead relatives unless they are really close family and not your wife; don’t get tattoos or weird beard- or hair styles; don’t profane God’s name; don’t marry a prostitute or divorcee or someone who is not a virgin; and don’t have disheveled hair or torn clothes. Also, male descendants of Aaron with bodily defects cannot become proper priests, and daughters of priests must be stoned to death if they become prostitutes.

Leviticus 21:18-20
For no one who has a blemish shall draw near, one who is blind or lame, or one who has a mutilated face or a limb too long, or one who has a broken foot or a broken hand, or a hunchback, or a dwarf, or a man with a blemish in his eyes or an itching disease or scabs or crushed testicles.

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One Comment on “Bible study 111 – Leviticus 21”

  1. […] of the Lord” (which according to the Oxford Bible is a kind of legislature): Those with crushed testicles; descendants (to the tenth generation) of “illicit” unions, Ammonites, and Moabites. The […]


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