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Why study Leviticus?

I know, I know; that sounds about as appealing as watching paint dry. Personally, I find Leviticus fascinating. And it is necessary to understand. I'm talking a little about that at Out of the Ordinary this morning. Here is a snippet:

There are many reasons to study Leviticus, but time and space don't allow me to probe them all. I will, however, share one good reason: because in his first epistle, the apostle Peter relies on it to explain what holiness is.

When a New Testament writer uses an Old Testament reference, we should stop and ask ourselves why. How is he using that Old Testament citation to build his teaching? What does the reference say about the unity of the two testaments? It's a time in our study when we must stop and think about what lies behind the author's purpose.

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