Lecture 9 - The Priestly Legacy; Cult and Sacrifice, Purity and Holiness in Leviticus and Numbers

Introduction to the Old Testament


In this lecture, the Priestly source (P) found primarily in Leviticus and Numbers is introduced. The symbolism of the sacrificial cult and purity system, the differences between moral and ritual impurity, as well as holiness and purity are explained within the Priestly context. The concept of holiness and
imitatio dei
, or human imitation of God, is explained.