Sometimes seen as inaccessible, Leviticus nevertheless contains important material about holiness.
Democratization of the Esoteric
Some scholars believe that Leviticus was originally a set of instructions for kohanim, priests officiating at the altar and presiding over rituals of purification, detailing how they were to perform their duties properly. This professional guide became one of the five books of the Torah as part of the process of democratizing the Israelite faith, making all Israel "a kingdom of priests and a holy nation" (Exodus 19:6). There would be no secret lore accessible only to the clergy.
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