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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Leviticus  \Le*vit"i*cus\  (-[i^]*k[u^]s),  n.  [See  {Levitical}.] 
  The  third  canonical  book  of  the  Old  Testament,  containing  the 
  laws  and  regulations  relating  to  the  priests  and  Levites 
  among  the  Hebrews,  or  the  body  of  the  ceremonial  law. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  :  the  third  book  of  the  Old  Testament;  contains  Levitical  law 
  and  ritual  precedents  [syn:  {Leviticus}] 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
  the  third  book  of  the  Pentateuch;  so  called  in  the  Vulgate, 
  after  the  LXX.,  because  it  treats  chiefly  of  the  Levitical 
  In  the  first  section  of  the  book  (1-17),  which  exhibits  the 
  worship  itself  there  is  (1.)  A  series  of  laws  (1-7)  regarding 
  sacrifices,  burnt-offerings,  meat-offerings,  and  thank-offerings 
  (1-3),  sin-offerings  and  trespass-offerings  (4;  5),  followed  by 
  the  law  of  the  priestly  duties  in  connection  with  the  offering 
  of  sacrifices  (6;  7).  (2.)  An  historical  section  (8-10),  giving 
  an  account  of  the  consecration  of  Aaron  and  his  sons  (8); 
  Aaron's  first  offering  for  himself  and  the  people  (9);  Nadab  and 
  Abihu's  presumption  in  offering  "strange  fire  before  Jehovah," 
  and  their  punishment  (10).  (3.)  Laws  concerning  purity,  and  the 
  sacrifices  and  ordinances  for  putting  away  impurity  (11-16).  An 
  interesting  fact  may  be  noted  here  Canon  Tristram,  speaking  of 
  the  remarkable  discoveries  regarding  the  flora  and  fauna  of  the 
  Holy  Land  by  the  Palestine  Exploration  officers,  makes  the 
  following  statement:,  "Take  these  two  catalogues  of  the  clean 
  and  unclean  animals  in  the  books  of  Leviticus  [11]  and 
  Deuteronomy  [14].  There  are  eleven  in  Deuteronomy  which  do  not 
  occur  in  Leviticus,  and  these  are  nearly  all  animals  and  birds 
  which  are  not  found  in  Egypt  or  the  Holy  Land,  but  which  are 
  numerous  in  the  Arabian  desert.  They  are  not  named  in  Leviticus 
  a  few  weeks  after  the  departure  from  Egypt;  but  after  the  people 
  were  thirty-nine  years  in  the  desert  they  are  named  a  strong 
  proof  that  the  list  in  Deuteronomy  was  written  at  the  end  of  the 
  journey,  and  the  list  in  Leviticus  at  the  beginning.  It  fixes 
  the  writing  of  that  catalogue  to  one  time  and  period  only,  viz., 
  that  when  the  children  of  Israel  were  familiar  with  the  fauna 
  and  the  flora  of  the  desert"  (Palest.  Expl.  Quart.,  Jan.  1887). 
  (4.)  Laws  marking  the  separation  between  Israel  and  the  heathen 
  (17-20).  (5.)  Laws  about  the  personal  purity  of  the  priests,  and 
  their  eating  of  the  holy  things  (20;  21);  about  the  offerings  of 
  Israel,  that  they  were  to  be  without  blemish  (22:17-33);  and 
  about  the  due  celebration  of  the  great  festivals  (23;  25).  (6.) 
  Then  follow  promises  and  warnings  to  the  people  regarding 
  obedience  to  these  commandments,  closing  with  a  section  on  vows. 
  The  various  ordinances  contained  in  this  book  were  all 
  delivered  in  the  space  of  a  month  (comp.  Ex  40:17;  Num.  1:1), 
  the  first  month  of  the  second  year  after  the  Exodus.  It  is  the 
  third  book  of  Moses. 
  No  book  contains  more  of  the  very  words  of  God.  He  is  almost 
  throughout  the  whole  of  it  the  direct  speaker.  This  book  is  a 
  prophecy  of  things  to  come  a  shadow  whereof  the  substance  is 
  Christ  and  his  kingdom.  The  principles  on  which  it  is  to  be 
  interpreted  are  laid  down  in  the  Epistle  to  the  Hebrews.  It 
  contains  in  its  complicated  ceremonial  the  gospel  of  the  grace 
  of  God. 

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