Day 38

Leviticus 19-21

Chapter 19

There is finally some good advice mixed in with the superstition. And some of the admonitions might make sense in terms of good farming practices or health standards. But others I cannot fathom, like wearing fabric made from two fibres. And what’s the big deal about beard-trimming or tattoos?

Chapter 20

dawkinsThis is nothing but a list of all the acts which warrant killing people by various means including stoning or burning. This seems like a fitting place to share one of my favorite quotations.

Chapter 21

Other than the obvious fact that verses 17-23 are disparaging and unkind toward people with disabilities, the ‘flat nose’ reference in v 18 of the KJV does not appear in other versions. The direct-from-Hebrew translation reads “For whatsoever man he be that hath a blemish, he shall not approach: a blind man, or a lame, or he that hath any thing maimed, or anything too long”. Modern translations such as the NLT or NIV have eliminated the ‘flat nose’, eg “No one who has a defect qualifies, whether he is blind, lame, disfigured, deformed” (NLT). So where did the flat nose idea come from? Edward Falzon suggests in his book that it might be a racist bias of the 17th century English translators against Asians. Makes sense to me.

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