Numbers 35 describes the cities of refuge. Accidental killers find safety there, but also a prison – they must remain there until the high priest dies.
When the high priest enters the Holy Space on Yom Kippur, he enters into danger. How does burning incense provide cover from the threat of death?
With priests, sacrifices, and sins, Leviticus has lots of ways for people to ritually repair mistakes. What happens when the priests themselves mess up?
Jacob Milgrom identifies the radical shift that the monotheistic theology of Leviticus represents from surrounding pagan religions regarding the origins…