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Commentary on Leviticus

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1.1–17 : The whole-offering of an animal by fire

(also called a “holocaust” or “burnt offering”).

1 :

Moses: the transmitter of these sacrificial regulations assigned their origin to the LORD at Sinai. Tent of Meeting: see Exod. 26.1–37 n.

2 :

When: these are not requirements for specific occasions, but voluntary offerings by individuals.

4 :

Originally an offering of praise and gratitude, this ancient sacrifice was increasingly used as a rite of expiation, by means of which atonement with God was effected.

5 :

Aaronite priests: see Exod. 29.1–46 n. Present the blood: see Exod. 29.12 n.

9 :

The shins are washed to remove dirt and dung (compare Exod. 29.14 ), impediments to sacrifices. Soothing odour: see Exod. 29.18 n.

14–17 :

The poor, unable to afford cattle or sheep, are given this equally acceptable option.

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