This is the opening class of the Book of Leviticus. The introduction provides some chronological framework for the Bible’s third book as well as basic information about the contents. The first seven chapters cover a series of types of sacrifices. According to Leviticus, expiation is tied to the sacrificial cult. Repentance alone, per Leviticus, is not enough. The book contains no mention of mercy, grace, or kindness. Sacrifice is the means whereby a person can draw near to God. What then are we to do without sacrifices? Does God need, want, or desire our sacrifices? Is blood required? These questions and more are answered in this class on sacrifice and offering.


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