Leviticus 1 commentary matthew henry commentary on the. Alive and clean allowed for food and for sacrifice. Matthew henry 18 october 1662 22 june 1714 was an english commentator on the bible, who published his works in 1706, sixvolume exposition of the old and new testaments 17081710 or complete commentary, provides an exhaustive verse by verse study of the bible, covering the whole of the old testament, and the gospels and acts in the new testament. The law includes the books of genesis, exodus, leviticus, numbers, and deuteronomy. The name leviticus was given to the third book of the pentateuch by the ancient greek translators because a good part of this book deals with concerns of the priests, who are of the tribe of levi. Leviticus is a book about the rites of jewish liturgy. To truly understand and benefit, one must plunge into the deep end of the levitical world of sacrifices, rituals, and purity laws. But till the israelites were in the wilderness, no very particular regulations seem to have been appointed. Leviticus is a difficult book to understand, and quite the challenge for pastors and teachers. They remain at sinai through the book of leviticus. He died on the cross as our sacrifice for sins during this feast in israel. Leviticus expert jacob milgrom notes that one of the main points in this story is the importance of ritual purity, which sets up the books next few chapters. Two birds the one to represent christ as dying for his sins, the other to represent him as rising again for his purification or justification. This is an excellent book written in a very readable.
The book is at the physical center of the pentateuch, the third of the five books of moses that form the narrative and theological foundation of the old testament. You can find the best commentary on leviticus for you using the tools on the right side. The beauty of book by book is that it offers not only great biblical depth, but also flexibility of approach to study. Leviticus 2 chapter 1 this book begins with the laws concerning sacrifices, of which the most ancient were the burntofferings, about which god gives moses instructions in this chapter.
Because leviticus is largely concerned with subjects that seem incomprehensible and irrelevant todayrituals for sacrifice and regulations concerning uncleannessit. Which is interesting, because its a book about justice and caring for the. Writing a commentary on leviticus download ebook pdf, epub. Cedarwood a stick of cedar, to which the hyssop and one of the birds were tied by the scarlet thread. The hebrew word for the book is wayiqraa, which, according to strongs a primitive root definition comes from qara, and which has the sense of calling a person by name. Because leviticus is largely concerned with subjects that seem incomprehensible and irrelevant today, rituals for sacrifice and regulations concerning uncleanness, it appears to have nothing to say to twenty.
This volume in the old testament library series focuses on the book of leviticus. Mathison says this commentary is not only the best commentary on the book of leviticus, it is one of the best commentaries on any book of the bible that i have read. Whether you are preparing to lead a small group, or study alone you will find many options open to you. Gone are the fascinating characters and suspenseful stories of genesis. Andrew alexander bonar full view 1851 a commentary on the book of leviticus. Study leviticus using matthew henrys bible commentary concise to better understand scripture with full outline and verse meaning. Wenham the book of leviticus the new international commentary on the old testament. Best leviticus commentaries updated for 2020 best bible. Study the bible online using commentary on leviticus and more. In this excellent commentary on leviticus, gordon wenham takes with equal seriousness both the plain original meaning of the text and its abiding theological value. Wenhams work is the finest lay commentary on leviticus to date. And ye shall take them as an inheritance for your children after you, to inherit them for a possession. Page 461 moreover of the children of the strangers that do sojourn among you, of them shall ye buy, and of their families that are with you, which they begat in your land.
Leviticus 1 bible commentary matthew henry concise. The people of israel, the covenant descendants of abraham, isaac, and jacob, were still camped at the foot of mount sinai. Hence, several experts in the field of hebrew bible currently writing a larger commentary on the book of leviticus followed the invitation of christian eberhart and thomas hieke to meet between 2014 and 2016 at the annual sbl conference. Leviticus 1, new international version niv the bible app. Leviticus used to be the first book of the bible read and studied by children in the synagogue. Leviticus overview matthew henrys complete commentary. Cedar seems to be chosen, to denote that the leper was now. Its the third book in the bible, and its often used as an example of how primitive and outdated and barbaric and strange the bible is. Leviticus overview, one of over 110 bible commentaries freely available, this commentary by one of the most revered methodist leaders gives new insight into gods word. A commentary on the book of leviticus, expository and practical.
Ive been fascinated with the book of the leviticus for 20 years. This site is like a library, use search box in the widget to get ebook that you want. It contains laws about worship in general and rules and customs on ceremonies in consecrations and sacrificial offerings. Leviticus receives its name from the septuagint the prechristian greek translation of the ot and means relating to the levites. Milgroms massive three volume commentary on leviticus in the anchor bible series, exceeding 2500 pages, is an exhaustive and sometimes exhausting study that addresses virtually every issue raised in leviticus. All of us have heard preaching about christ being our passover. Leviticus commentary matthew henry commentary on the. Leviticus used to be the first book that jewish children studied in the synagogue.
A highly informed, refreshing, stimulating, and rich commentary that will make excellent reading for both scholars and laypersons. Writing a commentary on a biblical book is not limited to the scholars study and desk. Leviticus overview arthur peakes commentary on the bible. The book of leviticus is the book of fellowship or communion. Leviticus is a challenging book, both for new christians and casual bible readers. We hope this page helps you find the best commentary on leviticus. While the israelites were sacrificing animals at the time, this was a type picture, illustration of the coming redeemer who was promised as early as genesis 3. The book of leviticus is a book of lawslaws given by god to the jewish people, gods chosen peoplea holy peoplethe covenant people. Leviticus with book summary versebyverse bible commentary. To aid in reconstructing the original meaning of the text, wenham draws from studies of old testament ritual and sacrifice that compare and contrast biblical customs with the. Jewish people revered these laws even though they often disobeyed them, because they understood that. Thus, leviticus is best explained as a guidebook for instructing gods people about holy living and worship.
Leviticus tells what god leads his people into, 1 a life full of gods own presence. The contributors are scholars of international standing. The name leviticus is taken from the septuagint, identifying the section of the pentateuch which we call leviticus. Unlocking the old testament part 11 leviticus 2 youtube. Leviticus overview matthew henrys complete commentary on.
Behind the various offerings lies a deep conviction that god is the lord of all creation. Leviticus continental commentary continental commentaries. The story of leviticus picks up where exodus left off. Book of leviticus matthew henrys bible commentary concise. The book of leviticus new international commentary on the. In hebrew, nadab and abihu take coals from an outside placethat is, not from the holy altar but from a notholyfied area such as their uncles beat up george foreman grill. Everything from sexual conduct to the handling of food, to instructions for worship and religious celebrations, is covered in detail in the book of leviticus. Leviticus is the middle book of the torah or pentateuch, preceded by genesis and exodus and followed by numbers and deuteronomy. A study commentary on leviticus logos bible software. Few modern bible scholars have revolutionized the study of one book to the extent jacob milgrom has revolutionized the study of leviticus.
There is nothing historical in all this book of leviticus except the account which it gives us of the consecration of the priesthood leviticus 8. David pawson teaching trust 2019 the most important things for christians to read in leviticus as they keep reappearing in the new testament, are. In leviticus the principles of approaching god are shown. In the church, it is perhaps the last one read, if it is ever given any attention at all.
The book of leviticus is the third of five books of the law of moses, also known as the torah or pentateuch. After camping out with the book of leviticus for about 3 monthsreading the scripture and wenhams commentary along the way, i must say i agree 100%. Unger genesis is the book of beginnings, exodus the book of redemption, and leviticus the book of atonement and a holy. A commentary on leviticus download ebook pdf, epub, tuebl, mobi. A list of the best commentaries on leviticus ranked by. Duane lindsey adds that the book of leviticus was the first book studied by a jewish child.
The book of leviticus is a book of actual, real sacrifices. Its hebrew title, wayyiqra, is the first word in the hebrew text of the book and means and he i. Leviticus and work bible commentary theology of work. Click download or read online button to get a commentary on leviticus book now. Gone are the epic hollywood plagues and miracles found in exodus. To aid in reconstructing the original meaning of the text, wenham draws from studies of old testament ritual and sacrifice that compare and contrast biblical customs with the practices of other near eastern cultures. The book of leviticus speaks several times about a reminder see leviticus 2. There is no book, in the whole compass of that inspired volume which the holy ghost has given us, that con tains more of the very words of god than leviticus. The lord jesus testifies to the fact that moses was the author of leviticus in matthew 8. It is god that is the direct speaker in almost every page.
The book of leviticus opens with god calling moses from the tabernacle. Although leviticus does not deal only with the special duties of the levites, it is so. One of the difficulties is that its impossible to dip ones toe in and expect any payoff. A commentary on leviticus download ebook pdf, epub. The book of leviticus the new international commentary on. Commentary on the book of leviticus by matthew henry old. On each occasion, the priests burned a small quantity of something to god, which they gave instead of something larger. The book in hebrew is named after the first word wayiqra, and he called as the lord called the israelites to be a holy nation. Read leviticus commentary using matthew henry commentary on the whole bible complete.
Jun 21, 2004 few modern bible scholars have revolutionized the study of one book to the extent jacob milgrom has revolutionized the study of leviticus. Leviticus commentary matthew henry commentary on the whole. Writing a commentary on leviticus download ebook pdf. One of the reasons that the book of leviticus is so little studied in the church is a lack of understanding about the relevance of the literature to the new testament christian. In exodus god saved his people and formed an alliance with them.
General the first of seven feasts of israel, listed in leviticus 23, is the passover. Therefore jehovah speaks primarily out of the tabernacle of congregation in this book chap. In the modern church it tends to be the last part of the bible that anyone looks at seriously. The second book, exodus, tells what god took his people out of. The old testament library provides fresh and authoritative treatments of important aspects of old testament study through commentaries and general surveys.1016 36 397 1553 506 1525 67 705 221 1554 655 687 999 1189 1331 977 812 230 515 380 277 1284 250 849 1334 1091 1257 406 1071 159 900 760 698