After studying the crucial story of the children of Israel in the book of Exodus, we now move to the often intimidating laws of Leviticus. While Exodus focused us narratively on the process of redeeming the people of promise and reestablishing covenant, Leviticus will turn our attention to what is required to live under the covenant. It would be good for you to read Romans 1-8 in conjunction with our study of Leviticus in order to gain a greater understanding of the work of the Law in Leviticus. These laws are burdensome and taxing for the children of Israel not because of the Law itself, or because of God as the Law-Giver, but because of the sin of humanity in general and the sin of Israel in particular. The Law in Leviticus establishes important boundaries that make Israel aware of sin and the process of cleansing/forgiveness from sin (grace). It is obedience to this process (faith) that maintained the relationship between Israel and their God.
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Unit Five Outcomes
Upon completion of this unit you should be able to: Have knowledge of an outline of the book of Leviticus based upon the theme Gods Holiness.
Express and implement their understanding of Gods holiness as revealed in Leviticus in their local community of faith through practical expressions of holiness in the daily life of the community of faith.
Develop a clear approach to care for the poor based upon the journal passage.
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5.1 Text/Media
Textbook: Interpreting Biblical Texts: The Pentateuch
Textbook: The Creative Word: Canon as a Model for Biblical Education Instructions
Read Interpreting Biblical Texts: The Pentateuch, Chapter 5.
The recommended Reading for this unit is The Creative Word: Canon as a Model for Biblical Education. Chapter 5.
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