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Quiz on TOT, Leviticus and Numbers

Leviticus (TOT 138-150)

  • What were some divine purposes of sacrifice?
  • What were some benefits of sacrifice to the community?
  • What types of sacrifice were there?
  • The text proposes four purposes for the laws surrounding purity and impurity (clean and unclean) in Lev 11-15. What were two?
  • As in much of the ancient world, priests in Israel often had a second function. Explain.
  • On the day of atonement, two goats are sacrificed. Why?
  • What does the concept of holiness (qodesh) really mean? How is the word often translated?
  • To what three concepts are degrees of holiness applied? Give one example.
  • To whom are sexual prohibitions addressed? Why?
  • Why, according to Box 10.2, might same-sex relationships between men be proscribed (forbidden)?
  • Box 10.3: What crimes deserved capital punishment? Why?
  • In the formulation "A man who lies with his father's wife has uncovered his father's nakedness," wht does that phrase mean (147)?
  • How does Leviticus display "a profound humanistic ethic"?


  • In chapter 5, is the wife found to be adulterous? How do we know?
  • Give an example of two "rebellions" in the wilderness.
  • Describe the seraphim and their powers.
  • What causes Israelites to worship Baal Peor? How is that stopped?
  • Besides the story about his donkey, what else can we learn about Balaam from other texts in and beyond the bible?

Essay (choose one)

  • Describe your favorite curses from Leviticus 26 and explain why you like them. Be specific.
  • Talk about something specific in the Leviticus holiness code that puzzles you, bothers you, or interests you. Explain.