The rules and regulations regarding the conduct of the priests and people of Israel in approaching God, especially in worship. They were to be holy as God is holy. The perfect sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross is seen by NT writers as fulfilling this demand for holiness and obedience.
The priests had to avoid ceremonial uncleannessContact with the dead caused uncleanness and was forbidden to the high priest:Lev 21:1-3,11; Nu 19:11,14 Lev 21:16-23 No-one with a physical defect could serve as a priest; Lev 22:20-25 The sacrifices offered by the priests also had to be without defect.
Dictionary of Bible Themes Scripture index copyright Martin H. Manser, 2009. As Editor, Martin Manser wishes to thank all those who compiled or edited the NIV Thematic Study Bible, on which this work is based.
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