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Literary structure (chiasmus, chiasm) of Book of Leviticus

Chiasmus and Concentric Structure of divided by 3


3-1

1 Offerings (1:1-3:17)
  2 Sin Offerings (4:1-5:13)
    3 Offerings With Restitution (5:14-26)
      4 Instructions Concering Sacrifices (6:1-7:10)
        5 Further Instructions (7:11-38)
      6 The Rites Of Ordination (8:1-36)
    7 Aaron'S Priesthood Inaugumented (9:1-24)
  8 Nadab And Abihu (10:1-20)
9 Clean And Unclean Foods, Animals (11:1-47)
Former halfRelationLatter half
1 Offerings (1:1-3:17)
3:17 This shall be a perpetual ordinance for your descendants wherever they may dwell. You shall not partake of any fat or any blood."
What you should not eat9 Clean And Unclean Foods, Animals (11:1-47)
11:8Their flesh you shall not eat, and their dead bodies you shall not touch; they are unclean for you.
2 Sin Offerings (4:1-5:13)
4:3 if it is the anointed priest who thus sins and thereby makes the people also become guilty, he shall present to the LORD a young, unblemished bull as a sin offering for the sin he committed.
Sins of priest makes people guilty8 Nadab And Abihu (10:1-20)
10:6 Moses said to Aaron and his sons Eleazar and Ithamar, "Do not bare your heads or tear your garments, lest you bring not only death on yourselves but God's wrath also on the whole community.
3 Offerings With Restitution (5:14-26)
5:26the latter shall make atonement for him before the LORD, and he will be forgiven whatever guilt he may have incurred."
Priest makes atonement for people7 Aaron'S Priesthood Inaugumented (9:1-24)
9:7Come up to the altar," Moses then told Aaron, "and offer your sin offering and your holocaust in atonement for yourself and for your family; then present the offering of the people in atonement for them, as the LORD has commanded."
4 Instructions Concering Sacrifices (6:1-7:10)
6:11All the male descendants of Aaron may partake of it as their rightful share in the oblations of the LORD perpetually throughout your generations. Whatever touches the oblations becomes sacred."
Priests' share6 The Rites Of Ordination (8:1-36)
8:31Finally, Moses said to Aaron and his sons, "Boil the flesh at the entrance of the meeting tent, and there eat it with the bread that is in the basket of the ordination offering, in keeping with the command I have received: 'Aaron and his sons shall eat of it.'

3-1-1

1 Offerings (1:1-3:17)
  2 Sin Offerings (4:1-5:13)
    3 Offerings With Restitution (5:14-26)
  4 Instructions Concering Sacrifices (6:1-7:10)
5 Further Instructions (7:11-38)
Former halfRelationLatter half
1 Offerings (1:1-3:17)
see 5-1
see 5-15 Further Instructions (7:11-38)
see 5-1
2 Sin Offerings (4:1-5:13)
see 5-1
see 5-14 Instructions Concering Sacrifices (6:1-7:10)
see 5-1

3-1-2

5 Further Instructions (7:11-38)
  6 The Rites Of Ordination (8:1-36)
    7 Aaron'S Priesthood Inaugumented (9:1-24)
  8 Nadab And Abihu (10:1-20)
9 Clean And Unclean Foods, Animals (11:1-47)
Former halfRelationLatter half
5 Further Instructions (7:11-38)
see 1-1-1
see 1-1-19 Clean And Unclean Foods, Animals (11:1-47)
see 1-1-1
6 The Rites Of Ordination (8:1-36)
see 1-1-1
see 1-1-18 Nadab And Abihu (10:1-20)
see 1-1-1

3-2

9 Clean And Unclean Foods, Animals (11:1-47)
  10 Purification Of Women After Childbirth (12:1-8)
    11 Leprosy (13:1-14:57)
      12 Concerning Bodily Discharges (15:1-33)
        13 The Day Of Atonment (16:1-34)
      14 The Slaughtering Of Animals (17:1-16)
    15 Ritual And Moral Holiness (18:1-20:27)
  16 The Holiness Of Priests (21:1-15)
17 Handicapped Priests (21:16-24)
Former halfRelationLatter half
9 Clean And Unclean Foods, Animals (11:1-47)
see 1-1
see 1-117 Handicapped Priests (21:16-24)
see 1-1
10 Purification Of Women After Childbirth (12:1-8)
see 1-1
see 1-116 The Holiness Of Priests (21:1-15)
see 1-1
11 Leprosy (13:1-14:57)
see 1-1
see 1-115 Ritual And Moral Holiness (18:1-20:27)
see 1-1
12 Concerning Bodily Discharges (15:1-33)
see 1-1
see 1-114 The Slaughtering Of Animals (17:1-16)
see 1-1

3-2-1

9 Clean And Unclean Foods, Animals (11:1-47)
  10 Purification Of Women After Childbirth (12:1-8)
    11 Leprosy (13:1-14:57)
  12 Concerning Bodily Discharges (15:1-33)
13 The Day Of Atonment (16:1-34)
Former halfRelationLatter half
9 Clean And Unclean Foods, Animals (11:1-47)
Rules about unclean food
Unclean13 The Day Of Atonment (16:1-34)
16:16Thus he shall make atonement for the sanctuary because of all the sinful defilements and faults of the Israelites.
10 Purification Of Women After Childbirth (12:1-8)
12:8 If, however, she cannot afford a lamb, she may take two turtledoves or two pigeons, the one for a holocaust and the other for a sin offering.
Two pigeons12 Concerning Bodily Discharges (15:1-33)
15:14On the eighth day he shall take two turtledoves or two pigeons, and going before the LORD, to the entrance of the meeting tent, he shall give them to the priest, 15:15who shall offer them up, the one as a sin offering and the other as a holocaust. Thus shall the priest make atonement before the LORD for the man's flow.
10 Purification Of Women After Childbirth (12:1-8)
12:2she shall be unclean for seven days, with the same uncleanness as at her menstrual period.
Seven days12 Concerning Bodily Discharges (15:1-33)
15:13he shall wait seven days for his purification.

3-2-2

13 The Day Of Atonment (16:1-34)
  14 The Slaughtering Of Animals (17:1-16)
    15 Ritual And Moral Holiness (18:1-20:27)
  16 The Holiness Of Priests (21:1-15)
17 Handicapped Priests (21:16-24)
Former halfRelationLatter half
13 The Day Of Atonment (16:1-34)
16:2 and said to him, "Tell your brother Aaron that he is not to come whenever he pleases into the sanctuary, inside the veil, in front of the propitiatory on the ark; otherwise, when I reveal myself in a cloud above the propitiatory, he will die.(16:2)
Not to approach the veil17 Handicapped Priests (21:16-24)
21:23 Only, he may not approach the veil nor go up to the altar on account of his defect; he shall not profane these things that are sacred to me, for it is I, the LORD, who make them sacred." (21:23)
14 The Slaughtering Of Animals (17:1-16)
17:15 "Everyone, whether a native or an alien, who eats of an animal that died of itself or was killed by a wild beast, shall wash his garments, bathe in water, and be unclean until evening, and then he will be clean. (17:15)
Uncleanness of death16 The Holiness Of Priests (21:1-15)
21:1 The LORD said to Moses, "Speak to Aaron's sons, the priests, and tell them: None of you shall make himself unclean for any dead person among his people,(21:1)

3-3

17 Handicapped Priests (21:16-24)
  18 The Use Of Holy Offerings (22:1-16)
    19 Acceptable Offerings (22:17-33)
      20 Appointed Festivals (23:1-44)
        21 The Lamp And Bread (24:1-9)
      22 Blasphemy And Its Punishment (24:10-23)
    23 The Sabbatical Year And Jubilee (25:1-55)
  24 Obedience And Disobedience (26:1-46)
25 Votive Offerings (27:1-34)
Former halfRelationLatter half
17 Handicapped Priests (21:16-24)
21:21 No descendant of Aaron the priest who has any such defect may draw near to offer up the oblations of the LORD; on account of his defect he may not draw near to offer up the food of his God.21:22 He may, however, partake of the food of his God: of what is most sacred as well as of what is sacred.(21:21-22)
The person who is consecrated to God is not ransomed25 Votive Offerings (27:1-34)
27:28 "Note, also, that any one of his possessions which a man vows as doomed to the LORD, whether it is a human being or an animal or a hereditary field, shall be neither sold nor ransomed; everything that is thus doomed becomes most sacred to the LORD.(27:28)
18 The Use Of Holy Offerings (22:1-16)
22:9 "They shall keep my charge and not do wrong in this matter; else they will die for their profanation. I am the LORD who have consecrated them.(22:9)
The punishment against evildoers24 Obedience And Disobedience (26:1-46)
26:18 "If even after this you do not obey me, I will increase the chastisement for your sins sevenfold, (26:18)
19 Acceptable Offerings (22:17-33)
22:33and led you out of the land of Egypt, that I, the LORD, might be your God."
Bringing out of the land of Egypt23 The Sabbatical Year And Jubilee (25:1-55)
25:38I, the LORD, am your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt to give you the land of Canaan and to be your God.
20 Appointed Festivals (23:1-44)
23:29Anyone who does not mortify himself on this day shall be cut off from his people, 23:30and if anyone does any work on this day, I will remove him from the midst of his people.
Death penalty22 Blasphemy And Its Punishment (24:10-23)
24:14let the whole community stone him.

3-3-1

17 Handicapped Priests (21:16-24)
  18 The Use Of Holy Offerings (22:1-16)
    19 Acceptable Offerings (22:17-33)
  20 Appointed Festivals (23:1-44)
21 The Lamp And Bread (24:1-9)
Former halfRelationLatter half
17 Handicapped Priests (21:16-24)
see 1-1-2
see 1-1-221 The Lamp And Bread (24:1-9)
see 1-1-2
18 The Use Of Holy Offerings (22:1-16)
see 1-1-2
see 1-1-220 Appointed Festivals (23:1-44)
see 1-1-2

3-3-2

21 The Lamp And Bread (24:1-9)
  22 Blasphemy And Its Punishment (24:10-23)
    23 The Sabbatical Year And Jubilee (25:1-55)
  24 Obedience And Disobedience (26:1-46)
25 Votive Offerings (27:1-34)
Former halfRelationLatter half
21 The Lamp And Bread (24:1-9)
see 5-5
see 5-525 Votive Offerings (27:1-34)
see 5-5
22 Blasphemy And Its Punishment (24:10-23)
see 5-5
see 5-524 Obedience And Disobedience (26:1-46)
see 5-5

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