Bible study 136 – Numbers 19

There have been some suggestions earlier that touching dead people is not a good thing to do, but now we get a proper set of rules. Anyone who touches a dead body (or is in the same tent as one), or who touches a human bone or a grave, are unclean for seven days. To get clean, a clean person must sprinkle ash mixed with water on them (and the tent, and uncovered pots etc.). Ash used for this purpose must be produced through a ritual in which Aaron’s son Eleazar slaughters and burns a red cow outside the camp. Also, everyone involved in any of these rituals are unclean until the evening. I sometimes wonder how many percent of Israelites were unclean at any given time.

Numbers 19:22
Whatever the unclean person touches shall be unclean, and anyone who touches it shall be unclean until evening.

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