About LEVITICUS: the Book of God’s Law

As Exodus is the book of redemption, Leviticus is the book of the cleansing, worship, and service of the redeemed people.


The name describes its contents, for it deals with the law of the priests, the sons of Levi, Leviticus being taken from the Vulgate Leviticus (through the LXX Leueitikon). The designation sets forth the book as a manual of the OT priesthood (Hebrews 7:11). The Jews, however, commonly designate the book from its opening phrase wayiqra, “and He called.” Leviticus sets forth the way of the priestly approach to God. Its inspired NT commentary, the epistle to the Hebrews, describes the same approach in the dispensation of grace. Being a handbook of Levitical directions, it has little narrative, and such brief passages as the episode of the strange fire offered by Nadab and Abihu (Leviticus 10:1-2) are most intimately connected with the illustrations of the law given.

Literary Character

The book incontrovertibly claims Mosaic authorship. Some fifty-six times in twenty-seven chapters the claim is made that these laws were divinely given through Moses.

(Information Source: The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary)

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