Leviticus Difficult Questions
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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
it the sins of the nation of
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?
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
11. Is charging interest on loans permitted (Lev. 25:35-38)?
12. Does God approve of slavery (Lev. 25:39-55)?