Leviticus Difficult Questions


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                                  Hard Questions—LEVITICUS

                                                Prepared by Lauren Stouffer (2003)


1.  Couldn’t the animals offered for sacrifices have been more useful to the

Israelites had they been used in other ways (Lev. 1:2)?  Is the whole

sacrificial system a violation of animal rights?  Why/why not?


2.  Why were the actions of Nadab and Abihu so awful that they deserved to be

devoured by fire from the LORD (Lev. 10:1-3)? 


3.  Do the camel, the coney, and the rabbit really chew the cud?  Why are these

animals included in the list of unclean animals (Lev. 11:3-6)? 


4.  How could leprosy have affected the peoples’ clothing and the walls of their

houses (Lev. 13:47-59)?  Is “leprosy” in the King James translation really

what we would label “leprosy” today?


5.  What is the purpose of the scapegoat?  Was the goat, as some scholars suggest,

an offering to Azazel, a desert demon believed to be able to eat an animal

and with it the sins of the nation of Israel (Lev 16:7-10)?


6.  Does Leviticus 18:5 offer salvation by obeying the law of God?  Was Christ’s

Death on the cross really necessary?


7.  Does Leviticus 18:18 make it lawful for a man to marry a second wife as long

as she is not the sister of his other wife?  Does the Bible approve of



8.  Does the Bible condemn homosexuality (Lev. 18:22)?  Is homosexuality (Lev.

18, 20) to be dismissed just like the dietary laws on not eating lobster? 

Why/why not?


9.  Do all of the crimes listed in Leviticus 20 and 24 really call for the death

penalty (Lev. 20:1-27, 24:10-23)?  How are those laws to be understood

in a post-modern context? 


10. Does the “law of the tooth” allow private retaliation when someone is wronged

(Lev. 24:19-20)?


11. Is charging interest on loans permitted (Lev. 25:35-38)?


12. Does God approve of slavery (Lev. 25:39-55)?