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Leviticus: Chapter 12

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1The LORD spoke to Moses, saying: 2Speak to the people of Israel, saying:

If a woman conceives and bears a male child, she shall be ceremonially unclean seven days; as at the time of her menstruation, she shall be unclean. 3On the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised. 4Her time of blood purification shall be thirty‐three days; she shall not touch any holy thing, or come into the sanctuary, until the days of her purification are completed. 5If she bears a female child, she shall be unclean two weeks, as in her menstruation; her time of blood purification shall be sixty‐six days.

6When the days of her purification are completed, whether for a son or for a daughter, she shall bring to the priest at the entrance of the tent of meeting a lamb in its first year for a burnt offering, and a pigeon or a turtledove for a sin offering. 7He shall offer it before the LORD, and make atonement on her behalf; then she shall be clean from her flow of blood. This is the law for her who bears a child, male or female. 8If she cannot afford a sheep, she shall take two turtledoves or two pigeons, one for a burnt offering and the other for a sin offering; and the priest shall make atonement on her behalf, and she shall be clean.

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12.1–8 . Childbirth.

According to its content this fits better next to ch 15 , which concerns genital discharges. It may be placed here because the length of purification is longer than that for surface affliction and abnormal genital discharges ( 14.1–10; 15.13,19,28 ).

2–5 :

The mother's first stage of impurity is like that of menstrual impurity; she can pollute other common persons and things (cf. 15.19–24 ). After seven or fourteen days, depending on the gender of the newborn, her impurity is lighter and she can only pollute what is holy, and is therefore restricted from that (cf. 7.20–21; 22.1–9 ). The double length of impurity for a female child probably has to do with the social position women were viewed as having (cf. 27.2–8; Num 30; 36 ).

3 :

On circumcision, cf. Gen 17.1–27 .

6–8 :

Even though the woman has not sinned, her impurity has polluted the sanctuary altar (see 4.1–35n. ). Hence she must bring a sin/purification offering.

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