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Small Group Leader Notes

on the Book of Leviticus


Leviticus 1:1 - 10:20

The Sacrifices:  God as Dialysis Machine

Leviticus 11:1 - 12:8 Pollutants
Leviticus 13:1 - 15:33

Cleansing People and Dwellings

Leviticus 16:1 - 17:16 The Day of Cleansing
Leviticus 18:1 - 20:27 Keeping Blood Relations Clean
Leviticus 21:1 - 22:23 The Priests' Embodiment of Life
Leviticus 23:1 - 44 A Spiritual Rhythm of Life
Leviticus 24:1 - 25:55 God Re-Gifts the Garden Land to All His Kids
Leviticus 26:1 - 27:34 Special Missions

Notes and Essays

on the Book of Leviticus


The Chiastic Structure of the Torah 

connects the purification of Moses on Mount Sinai to the purification of Israel in the sanctuary


Why the Sin Offering Does Not Support Penal Substitution (TBD)


Atonement in the Pentateuch

explores biblical passages and themes which emerge from the Pentateuch; makes an argument for medical substitution


What Did the Suffering Servant Suffer?  Isaiah 53 and Penal Substitution

explores the book of Isaiah; makes an argument for medical substitution


Why Did God Choose a "Chosen People"? 

Why Not Just Skip Right to Jesus?


The Troubling Acts of God: 

Noah's Flood, Sodom and Gomorrah,

the Egyptian Firstborn, and the Canaanites


The Troubling Acts of God: 

The Destruction of the Canaanites (ppt part 1 and part 2)


Hope Filled Full, Part One: 

The New Testament and the Hopes of the Pentateuch

Helpful Books and Articles on

the Book of Leviticus


The Bible Project, The Book of Leviticus Overview (The Bible Project video, May 6, 2015)


Peter Leithart, The Death Penalty in the Mosaic Law (Theopolis Institute, Jul 3, 2015) makes some good points but errs on the retributive principle 

Helpful Practical Tools on

the Book of Leviticus


The Bible Project, The Book of Leviticus (The Bible Project, May 6, 2015) a 7 minute video 


The Bible Project, Sacrifice and Atonement (The Bible Project, Aug 27, 2015) a good 7 minute video which accurately talks about the purification by blood depicted in the Jewish offerings 


The Bible Project, The Law (The Bible Project, Oct 12, 2015) a very nice 6 minute video which places the stress on the story of the Torah, and beyond, not simply the commandments


The Bible Project, Read Scripture: The Book of Leviticus (The Bible Project, Jan 29, 2016) an 8 minute video, featuring the literary chiasm in Leviticus, pointing out the most basic categories of life and death