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'''The Book of Leviticus''' is the third book in the [[Old Testament]] of the [[Bible]].  It is, essentially, the Mosaic Law, the laws laid down by [[Yahweh]] through [[Moses]].  These include what not to eat, how and when to [[sacrifice]] animals to the [[Lord]], what is clean and unclean, and what kinds of [[sex]]ual activities are worthy of the [[death penalty]].
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'''The Book of Leviticus''' is the third book in the [[Old Testament]] of the [[Bible]].  It is, essentially, the Mosaic Law, a series of laws laid down by [[Yahweh]] through [[Moses]].  These include what not to eat, how and when to perform [[animal sacrifice]]s to the [[Lord]], what is clean and unclean, and what kinds of [[sex]]ual activities are worthy of the [[death penalty]].
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[[Christian]]s and [[Jew]]s claim that [[Moses]] wrote Leviticus, though this is unlikely.
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== Significance ==
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The book of Leviticus is largely ignored by modern Christians, although it has greater significance to Jews as the source of many rules still observed today. The one context in which Leviticus is commonly quoted by Christians is when fundamentalists are espousing their views on sexual purity. In such cases the rules about menstruation and nocturnal emissions are always ignored.
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There are a few "good" rules in Leviticus, such as {{Bible|Leviticus 19:18}} which says to love one's neighbor as oneself. However, these sorts of general philosophical rules are rare, and usually applicable only to behavior towards the [[Israelites]] and (sometimes) foreigners who live with the Israelites and observe similar customs (hence "love your neighbor" and not "love your fellow man").
  
[[Christian]]s and [[Jew]]s claim that [[Moses]] wrote Leviticus though this is unlikely. In the 18th Century [[Thomas Pain]] could see this.  
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Furthermore, these rules are interspersed with laws about ritual or sexual purity that most would now find absurd. Immediately after the "love thy neighbor" bit, {{Bible|Leviticus 19:19}} insists that one may not mix different types of animals, seeds, or clothing. {{Bible|Leviticus 20}} contains rules about how closely a man's wives can be related to each other, about killing animals that have participated in bestiality, about exiling any couple that has sex while the woman is menstruating, and about killing any man who has gay sex (but only men).
  
<blockquote>In the first place, there is no affirmative evidence that Moses is the author of those books; and that he is the author, is altogether an unfounded opinion, got abroad nobody knows how. The style and manner in which those books are written give no room to believe, or even to suppose, they were written by Moses; for it is altogether the style and manner of another person speaking of Moses. In Exodus, Leviticus and Numbers, (for every thing in Genesis is prior to the times of Moses and not the least allusion is made to him therein,) the whole, I say, of these books is in the third person; it is always, the Lord said unto Moses, or Moses said unto the Lord; or Moses said unto the people, or the people said unto Moses; and this is the style and manner that historians use in speaking of the person whose lives and actions they are writing. It may be said, that a man may speak of himself in the third person, and, therefore, it may be supposed that Moses did; but supposition proves nothing; and if the advocates for the belief that Moses wrote those books himself have nothing better to advance than supposition, they may as well be silent. [http://www.infidels.org/library/historical/thomas_paine/age_of_reason/part2.html]</blockquote>
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==See also==
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* [[Pentateuch]]
  
See also [[Numbers]]
 
 
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Books of the Bible

The Book of Leviticus is the third book in the Old Testament of the Bible. It is, essentially, the Mosaic Law, a series of laws laid down by Yahweh through Moses. These include what not to eat, how and when to perform animal sacrifices to the Lord, what is clean and unclean, and what kinds of sexual activities are worthy of the death penalty.

Christians and Jews claim that Moses wrote Leviticus, though this is unlikely.

Significance

The book of Leviticus is largely ignored by modern Christians, although it has greater significance to Jews as the source of many rules still observed today. The one context in which Leviticus is commonly quoted by Christians is when fundamentalists are espousing their views on sexual purity. In such cases the rules about menstruation and nocturnal emissions are always ignored.

There are a few "good" rules in Leviticus, such as Leviticus 19:18 Bible-icon.png which says to love one's neighbor as oneself. However, these sorts of general philosophical rules are rare, and usually applicable only to behavior towards the Israelites and (sometimes) foreigners who live with the Israelites and observe similar customs (hence "love your neighbor" and not "love your fellow man").

Furthermore, these rules are interspersed with laws about ritual or sexual purity that most would now find absurd. Immediately after the "love thy neighbor" bit, Leviticus 19:19 Bible-icon.png insists that one may not mix different types of animals, seeds, or clothing. Leviticus 20 Bible-icon.png contains rules about how closely a man's wives can be related to each other, about killing animals that have participated in bestiality, about exiling any couple that has sex while the woman is menstruating, and about killing any man who has gay sex (but only men).

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