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Thursday, February 16, 2017
Leviticus 11 spells out the unclean animals. There are justifications given, like because the animal has a cloven hoof or whatever, that I find interesting because they remain arbitrary--which most acts of obedience are. It is not at all clear to me that these laws are about health or food safety as has been suggested, possibly by me, elsewhere.
Leviticus 12 spells out the ritual for a woman made unclean by childbirth. Note, she is necessarily unclear. Becoming unclear and being restored seems a necessity.
Leviticus 13 tells you what offerings to make when you are cured of illnesses including Leprosy. So, people are cured of Leprosy frequently enough that you need a ritual for it? I am not sure what this means, but it seems worth pausing for. Okay, so I was a little rushed when I was writing this, and a little overconfident in my Spanish. A reading in English reveals chapter 13 just tells you want is clean an unclean and reads like a medical journal about puss. [Update 2/17/17]
I am a forty something, married to a Montessori teacher and father of two adult children. My professional life has included seven years working in kitchens, eight years working in nuclear power (naval & civilian), and now my true calling as an attorney. Besides studying law, I have a B.A. in physics and in philosophy. I've lived in nine states and visited eight countries.
I am politically liberal. I have volunteered as a legal observer for elections and demonstrations, and part of my practice is political law.
I am theologically liberal. I've served as elder and church moderator. I never had a period when I stopped attending church. I love the struggle to grow my understand of God--which necessarily includes God's creation--as large as I can.
I am blessed and happy.