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Leviticus, Book of

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Author(s): Soggin, J. Alberto
1. Title “Leviticus” is the title of the third book of the Pentateuch. It comes from the Gk. Leuı̈tikos by way of the Lat. Leviticus. The term offers no guidance as to the contents, for any supposed reference to the Levites is off the mark. The Hebrew title is simply wayyiqĕrā, “and he [the Lord] called,” from the opening word. 2. Contents In content, Leviticus first presents the laws of sacrifice, in two sequences (chaps. 1–5 and 6–7), including burnt offerings, grain offerings, sacrifices of well-being (or “peace offerings,” RSV), sin offerings, and guilt offerings. Next are …
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