Leviticus – Chapter 21: Rules for Priests

Leviticus 20 brought us the rules and punishments for having sex with certain people.  Chapter 21 brings us rules for the priests.  I wonder if one of these rules is to NOT have sex with underage boys!!!

“A priest must not make himself ceremonially unclean for any of his people who die, except for a close relative, such as his mother or father, his son or daughter, his brother, or an unmarried sister who is dependent on him since she has no husband—for her he may make himself unclean.” – Leviticus 21:1-3

It’s okay for a priest to be unclean for a relative but not a non-relative.  Okay, whatever.

“They must not marry women defiled by prostitution or divorced from their husbands, because priests are holy to their God.” – Leviticus 21:7

Another jab at women.  Once they’ve had sex, they are defiled.  The same is not true for men, however.

“If a priest’s daughter defiles herself by becoming a prostitute, she disgraces her father; she must be burned in the fire.” – Leviticus 21:9

We saw this in an earlier chapter.  No surprise.  Women must always be punished for having sex.

“The woman he (the high priest) marries must be a virgin. He must not marry a widow, a divorced woman, or a woman defiled by prostitution, but only a virgin from his own people, so that he will not defile his offspring among his people. I am the Lord, who makes him holy.” – Leviticus 21:13-15

A woman who has had sex would defile the offspring of the high priest?  Why do women follow Christianity again?  This chapter is nothing but a rant against women and how sexually immoral they supposedly are.

“For the generations to come none of your descendants who has a defect may come near to offer the food of his God.  No man who has any defect may come near: no man who is blind or lame, disfigured or deformed; no man with a crippled foot or hand, or who is a hunchback or a dwarf, or who has any eye defect, or who has festering or running sores or damaged testicles.” – Leviticus 21:17-20

God hates the disabled.  Even though he created the disabled, he hates them.  Especially those who have been kicked in the balls!  LOL!  I love that the Bible specifically points out damage to the testicles!

To sum up Leviticus 21, God rails against women and the disabled.  Only perfect men are worthy to be God’s creations.  Women are okay, but only if they have not had sex.  If they’ve had sex, they are forever defiled and not worthy of God’s praise.  The Bible is misogyny at its best.

Coming Soon:  Leviticus 22 – Chapter 22:  Rules for the Priest Part II

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