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Literary structure (chiasmus, chiasm) of Book of Leviticus

Chiasmus and Concentric Structure of divided by 5


5-1

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)
Regulation about offering
Instruction about offering5 Further Instructions (7:11-38)
7:37This is the ritual for holocausts, cereal offerings, sin offerings, guilt offerings, (ordination offerings) and peace offerings, 7:38which the LORD enjoined on Moses at Mount Sinai at the time when he commanded the Israelites in the wilderness of Sinai to bring their offerings to the LORD.
2 Sin Offerings (4:1-5:13)
5:12When he has brought it to the priest, the latter shall take a handful of this flour as a token offering, and this he shall burn as a sin offering on the altar with the other oblations of the LORD.
Sin offerings4 Instructions Concering Sacrifices (6:1-7:10)
6:18This is the ritual for sin offerings.

5-1-1

1 Offerings (1:1-3:17)
  2 Sin Offerings (4:1-5:13)
3 Offerings With Restitution (5:14-26)
Former halfRelationLatter half
1 Offerings (1:1-3:17)
Regulation about offering
Offerings that must be offered to the Lord3 Offerings With Restitution (5:14-26)
5:15 "If someone commits a sin by inadvertently cheating in the LORD'S sacred dues, he shall bring to the LORD as his guilt offering an unblemished ram from the flock, valued at two silver shekels according to the standard of the sanctuary shekel.

5-1-2

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

5-2

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)
10 Purification Of Women After Childbirth (12:1-8)
Former halfRelationLatter half
6 The Rites Of Ordination (8:1-36)
8:2the bullock for a sin offering,
Sin offerings10 Purification Of Women After Childbirth (12:1-8)
12:6"When the days of her purification for a son or for a daughter are fulfilled, she shall bring to the priest at the entrance of the meeting tent a yearling lamb for a holocaust and a pigeon or a turtledove for a sin offering.
6 The Rites Of Ordination (8:1-36)
8:21a holocaust, a sweet-smelling oblation to the LORD, as the LORD had commanded him to do.
Holocaust10 Purification Of Women After Childbirth (12:1-8)
7 Aaron'S Priesthood Inaugumented (9:1-24)
9:23On coming out they again blessed the people. Then the glory of the LORD was revealed to all the people.
Blessing for peoplr9 Clean And Unclean Foods, Animals (11:1-47)
11:44For I, the LORD, am your God; and you shall make and keep yourselves holy, because I am holy.

5-2-1

6 The Rites Of Ordination (8:1-36)
  7 Aaron'S Priesthood Inaugumented (9:1-24)
8 Nadab And Abihu (10:1-20)
Former halfRelationLatter half
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

5-2-2

8 Nadab And Abihu (10:1-20)
  9 Clean And Unclean Foods, Animals (11:1-47)
10 Purification Of Women After Childbirth (12:1-8)
Former halfRelationLatter half
8 Nadab And Abihu (10:1-20)
10:4"Come, remove your kinsmen from the sanctuary and carry them to a place outside the camp."
Outside sanctuary10 Purification Of Women After Childbirth (12:1-8)
12:4she shall not touch anything sacred nor enter the sanctuary till the days of her purification are fulfilled.

5-3

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)
Former halfRelationLatter half
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

5-3-1

11 Leprosy (13:1-14:57)
  12 Concerning Bodily Discharges (15:1-33)
13 The Day Of Atonment (16:1-34)
Former halfRelationLatter half
11 Leprosy (13:1-14:57)
14:18Thus shall the priest make atonement for him before the LORD.
Ritual of atonement13 The Day Of Atonment (16:1-34)
16:6"Aaron shall bring in the bullock, his sin offering to atone for himself and for his household.

5-3-2

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)
Former halfRelationLatter half
13 The Day Of Atonment (16:1-34)
16:30 Since on this day atonement is made for you to make you clean, so that you may be cleansed of all your sins before the LORD, (16:30)
Ritual of atonement of sin15 Ritual And Moral Holiness (18:1-20:27)
19:22 With this ram the priest shall make atonement before the LORD for the sin he has committed, and it will be forgiven him. (19:22)

5-4

16 The Holiness Of Priests (21:1-15)
  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)
Former halfRelationLatter half
16 The Holiness Of Priests (21:1-15)
21:6 To their God they shall be sacred, and not profane his name; since they offer up the oblations of the LORD, the food of their God, they must be holy.(21:6)
Sacred person / sacred assembly20 Appointed Festivals (23:1-44)
23:2 "Speak to the Israelites and tell them: The following are the festivals of the LORD, my feast days, which you shall celebrate with a sacred assembly. (23:2)
17 Handicapped Priests (21:16-24)
21:18Therefore, he who has any of the following defects may not come forward: he who is blind, or lame, or who has any disfigurement or malformation, 21:19or a crippled foot or hand, 21:20or who is hump-backed or weakly or walleyed, or who is afflicted with eczema, ringworm or hernia. 21:21No descendant of Aaron the priest who has any such defect may draw near to offer up the oblations of the LORD;
Handicapped19 Acceptable Offerings (22:17-33)
22:22One that is blind or crippled or maimed, or one that has a running sore or mange or ringworm, you shall not offer to the LORD; do not put such an animal on the altar as an oblation to the LORD.

5-4-1

16 The Holiness Of Priests (21:1-15)
  17 Handicapped Priests (21:16-24)
18 The Use Of Holy Offerings (22:1-16)
Former halfRelationLatter half
16 The Holiness Of Priests (21:1-15)
21:6 To their God they shall be sacred, and not profane his name; since they offer up the oblations of the LORD, the food of their God, they must be holy.(21:6)
Priests must not defile the name of the God18 The Use Of Holy Offerings (22:1-16)
22:2 "Tell Aaron and his sons to respect the sacred offerings which the Israelites consecrate to me; else they will profane my holy name. I am the LORD.(22:2)

5-4-2

18 The Use Of Holy Offerings (22:1-16)
  19 Acceptable Offerings (22:17-33)
20 Appointed Festivals (23:1-44)
Former halfRelationLatter half
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

5-5

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)
24:3In the meeting tent, outside the veil that hangs in front of the commandments,
Commandments25 Votive Offerings (27:1-34)
27:34These are the commandments which the LORD gave Moses on Mount Sinai for the Israelites.
22 Blasphemy And Its Punishment (24:10-23)
24:18A life for a life!
Sin and punishment24 Obedience And Disobedience (26:1-46)
26:41Then, when their uncircumcised hearts are humbled and they make amends for their guilt,

5-5-1

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)
Former halfRelationLatter half
21 The Lamp And Bread (24:1-9)
see 4-4
see 4-423 The Sabbatical Year And Jubilee (25:1-55)
see 4-4

5-5-2

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
23 The Sabbatical Year And Jubilee (25:1-55)
Sabbatical year and Jubilee
Jubilee25 Votive Offerings (27:1-34)
27:17If the dedication of a field is made at the beginning of a jubilee period, the full valuation shall hold;

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