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Leviticus 15 Commentary

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The first case is secretion caused by some disease affecting man's sexual organs. The Hebrew word basar, translated flesh, has a wide range of meanings. In this context, it clearly refers to a woman's vagina and so, apparently, to man's penis in Leviticus 15: 2-3. Writers do not describe physical problems in detail. Terms used seem to refer to either diseased flow OF semen or discharge OF pus from urethra. In either case, this was a fairly lengthy ailment. Another possibility is that this first case describes some affliction that both men and women suffer, such as diarrhea. Hebrew words translate any man permit this. However, the structure of the chapter and references to sexual organs argue against this view. Note that things that man sits on during his defilement, those things under him, become unclean and source of defilement themselves. Also, any direct contact with an unclean man results in uncleanness for those who TOUCH him. Here basar evidently refers to any part OF man. It is the uncleanness of man and its consequences that are the main concern of this section. The striking thing about uncleanness associated with these discharges is that not only the affected person becomes unclean, but also people and objects that come in contact with him, and these in their turn can become secondary sources of uncleanness. In this regard, uncleanness described here is much more infectious than uncleanness OF skin diseases dealt with in chs13-14. In this respect, then, gonorrhea in men and menstrual and other female discharges are viewed as much more potent sources of defilement than others. Nevertheless, the uncleanness that these discharges cause was less serious ritually than those associated with skin disease. A man could live at home; he does not need to move outside the camp. He just had to wash and wait until evening; He did not need to go through more elaborate ritual. He also need to offer only two inexpensive sacrifices. 4. Uncleanness due to bodily discharges associated with reproduction ch15 uncleanness laws start with uncleanness that is permanent: that associated with various animals and food. Then they deal with uncleanness OF childbirth, which may last up to eighty days. Chs13 14deal with uncleanness OF indefinite duration; it all depends how long serious skin disease persist. Finally, ch15 deals with discharges associated with reproduction, pollution which usually only affect person for up to a week. Whatever explanation OF order OF material within chs11-15, these laws illuminate Day OF Atonement rituals, which are designed to cleanse tabernacle OF uncleannesses OF Israelites. Without these chapters, we would be at a loss to know what the purpose of ceremonies described in ch16. Moses describes four cases of secretions from reproduction organs that result in ritual uncleanness in this chapter.

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John Wesleys Explanatory Notes

Woman also with whom man shall lie. Better, and if man lies with a woman, that is, even when what is specified in Leviticus 15: 16 takes place in intercourse between man and woman lawfully marry, it pollutes both husband and wife. They have accordingly both to immerse their whole bodies, and remain unclean till sundown, and were debar from privileges of sanctuary during that day. Hence, abstinence from conjugal intercourse was regarded as necessary preparation for performance of sacred duties. He who had approached his wife could not draw nigh to God, and was not allowed to partake in sacred meals. The law of pollution was not designed to put check upon marriage, since matrimony is a Divine institution, but it is intended to prevent husband and wife from making immoderate use of their conjugal life, and thus to preserve them in health and vigour by prescribing such constant purifications after it. This is probably the reason why other nations of antiquity enact similar laws. Thus, Hindoos and Babylonians bath after conjugal intercourse. Egyptian priests abstained from it when they had to perform sacred duties, and laity were not allowed to enter precincts of Temple unless they submit to ablutions. Mahommed, for the same reason, enjoins lustrations upon all faithful before reciting their prayers. Copyright Statement These files are public domain. Text Courtesy of Biblesupport. Com. Use by Permission. Bibliography Ellicott, Charles John. Commentary on Leviticus 15: 18. Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. Https: https: / www. Studylight. Org / commentaries / ebc / Leviticus-15. Html.

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