My Study Bible helpfully divides Leviticus up into sections, so we can get a little sense of what we’re diving into:

  1. Laws dealing with sacrifices (chs. 1-7)
  2. The consecration of priests to their office (chs. 8-10)
  3. Laws setting forth the distinction between clean and unclean (chs. 11-15)
  4. The ceremony for the annal day of atonement (ch. 16)
  5. Laws to govern Israel’s life as a holy people (chs. 17-26)
  6. An appendix on religious vows (ch. 27)

If you haven’t guessed, this book belongs to the priests. Heck, it’s even named after them (the tribe of Levi being Aaron’s tribe).

Our taste of the priestly tradition from the latter chapters of Exodus has me thinking that this book may be a serious test of my mettle. Since there’s only so much I can say about pages upon pages of what really amounts to a Tabernacle Owner’s Manual, I’m considering tackling Leviticus thematically, reviewing several chapters at a time.