Monday, July 7, 2014

Leviticus: Chapter 5

What is known,
What unknown

Hiding the revealedLosing the foundTaking what is not yours

The guilt of holding

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From "sin" het/hatat we move to "guilt" asham. The consequence of sin (ve-asham) here becomes an object that can actually be offered to God: "And he shall bring his guilt to God for his sin." 
The Asham offerings comes for a variety of seemingly unrelated issues--withholding testimony, becoming unknowingly ritually unclean, breaking an oath; misuse of consecrated property; misuse of others' property . An underlying motif is the tension between the hidden/lost and the revealed/found: taking control of something that is not in your sphere]

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