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Leviticus 12 is the shortest chapter in the Bible so far. In fact, this post will probably end up being longer than the chapter itself.
And that was good because I am on my last page of Leviticus and need to print out some more but I am out of paper for the time being.
Ok, who wants to get awkward?
Babies: The Super Period
Ladies, if you are going to have a baby, be prepared to be ceremonially unclean for at least a week and to spend at least a month (maybe two) in a phase known as “Blood purification.” That sounds pretty cool. I bet that it is.
It would seem that from a ceremonial standpoint, having a baby is like having a period, but a super crazy huge one.
I told you this was going to get awkward.
Maybe the reason is that a heckuva lot more stuff comes out of there when you have a kid. Moms? Help me out? We can be real here. We’re just talkin’ ’bout the Bible.
Boys and Girls
The unclean and blood purification times are cut in half when the mother has a son.
Boys: 8 days and 33 days
Girls: 2 weeks and 66 days.
66 days? That is the same as the number of books in the Bible! Guess what you can do during that time!
So why is that? My first thought was that there was some stigma against girls. They are worse somehow and make you more uncleaner. And that may be what ends up being true. Which would totally suck.
But the boys need to get circumcised on the 8th day. That gives the mother just enough time to get clean and present the child.
I don’t know if I can make sense of the doubled blood purification time. Any thoughts?
New Job For The Priests
I have mentioned before that when things start getting repetitive in Leviticus, you need to look for the thing that is different. I found something that was just different enough to make me notice.
” . . . and the priest shall make atonement on her behalf, and she shall be clean.“
Earlier, the priests were making atonement and forgiving people. Now they are making atonement for people’s cleanliness. I was so used to the other way that I thought I had actually read the word “forgiven” instead of “clean.”
I think it’s a good change. I am glad that having a child isn’t a sin.
If only I could figure out why the woman would need to offer a sheep as a sin offering.