Leviticus and the Liturgy
The Book of Leviticus can be a difficult read for modern Christians, which simply means that we have to work harder at getting to the heart of it. When we do, we discover that Leviticus contains some of the Bible’s richest insights on what it means for God’s people to be a liturgical community. In fact, Leviticus is the one biblical book devoted entirely to the complementary themes of holy liturgy and holy living, and the essential relationship between the two. This is reflected in the book’s structure, where chapters 1-16 focus on formal worship at the Tabernacle (holy liturgy), and chapters 17-27 on the kind of conduct that flows from and befits a liturgy-centered existence (holy living).
Following an introductory lecture acquainting us with Leviticus and its contribution to the life and liturgy of the Church generally, this course will focus on selected portions of the book which inform our understanding of sacrifice and worship, the priesthood, the ritual states of “cleanness” and “uncleanness,” and what a liturgically shaped life looks like.
Vern Steiner is the founding president of the newly formed Emmaus Institute for Biblical Studies, based in the Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska. Prior to entering the Catholic Church in 2015, he enjoyed a long career as an evangelical protestant pastor, seminary professor, and founder and president of a Bible institute. His teaching specializations include biblical introduction and interpretation, languages and exegesis, exposition and theology. His academic degrees are in Bible, History, and Philosophy (B.A.), Pastoral Ministry (M.Div.), Biblical Literature (Th.M.), and Exegetical Theology (Ph.D., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Chicago). Vern has authored published and unpublished materials at both general and technical levels. When he is not in his study, Vern enjoys watching sports, woodworking, and especially spending time with his wife Carol, their two married children, and their ten grandchildren.
StartClass 1: Listening to Leviticus and why the health of the church depends on it (45:26)
StartClass 2: Sacrifice and worship, holy liturgy in Leviticus (45:05)
StartClass 3: Lordship and leadership (holy orders) in Leviticus (58:51)
StartClass 4: Ritual states in the liturgy of Leviticus (59:05)
StartClass 5: What a liturgically shaped life looks like (55:20)
StartFinal Quiz for Certificate of Completion