This post will refer to some of the things discussed in my blog post from last week about Holiness/Cleanliness in Leviticus (https://hebrewbible.wordpress.com/2011/02/16/allegory-makes-rules-more-interesting/).
The focus of my essay will concern the idea of Holiness presented in Leviticus. I hope to expand a basic understanding of the concept of Holiness to an appreciation for the universal application of the theme.
A major goal of the essay will be to explain cleanliness as defined by Leviticus and it’s relationship to Holiness. I also intend to use this relationship to give purpose to the strict set of laws proposed in the book, as well as their significance to modern humanity. In doing so, I hope to persuade the reader to consider how a non-Jewish person can benefit from knowing and understanding the structure of Jewish law outlined in Leviticus, even in a non-religious way.
I plan to discuss the importance of a few laws in Leviticus and how often they are overlooked because it seems that they would only apply in the Biblical context. These might include laws concerning the uncleanliness of disease and separation of the sick from the healthy. While it may seem that modern medicine has eliminated the need for such precautions, the concept implied by the idea of separation is a much more universal and modernly applicable interpretation.
Finally, I intend to relate the previous points by suggesting that the detailed and strict laws given to the people by God help us to characterize Him as both a demanding and merciful god, who is willing to provide a ritual for atonement. This suggestion will further support the universal idea that humanity is destined to fall to corruption and chaos, and only through guidance from a divine being, such as God, can we be able to be saved from ourselves. Furthermore, I hope to point out that the type of laws and rules God gives the Israelites can be applied to our own lives, suggesting that we may personally benefit from living our lives a certain way as described in Leviticus.