A Pastoral and Contextual Commentary
The Asia Bible Commentary Series empowers Christian believers in Asia to read the Bible from within their respective contexts. Holistic in its approach to the text, each exposition of the biblical books combines exegesis and application. The ultimate goal is to strengthen the Body of Christ in Asia by providing pastoral and contextual exposition of every book of the Bible.
The book of Leviticus has a two-fold mission. Leviticus 1–16 symbolizes the order of the world through sacrifices, purity law, and sacred boundaries, so that God’s people can acknowledge his presence and lordship in their different aspects of life. The second part of the book, from Leviticus 17–27, extends the belief of holiness through moral laws of sex and social justice, so that God’s people can be holy, as he is holy. This commentary helps believers to integrate God’s holiness into their daily lifestyle with particular attention to Asian contexts.
My sincere congratulations to Ming Him Ko who has just finished writing yet another book, a readable and concise commentary on Leviticus, with lots of illustrations to show readers how to apply the seemingly irrelevant teachings of the book to our daily lives. May it be the goal of every Christian to live a holy life before God and men.
Mary W. Y. Tse
Chair, Biblical Studies Department,
Professor, Alliance Bible Seminary
Leviticus is not an easy book! However, Ming Him Ko deftly combines scholarly insights with clear and thoughtful application of the scriptural text to the life of Christian faith and discipleship today.
Professor, Department of Theology and Religion,
Written by one who is thoroughly at home in both the world of Pentateuchal studies and the contemporary struggles of Asian (especially Chinese) communities, this commentary provides a strong challenge to a reductionistic worldview as it invites the readers to live out a life of embodied holiness. All who are willing to work through this insightful volume will not only gain a deeper understanding of the book of Leviticus but also a powerful vision of faithful existence in the midst of the mundane reality.
David W. Pao
Chair, New Testament Department,
Professor, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Table of Contents
- Series Preface
- Author’s Preface
- List of Abbreviations
- Commentary on Leviticus
- Marriage and the Symbolism of the Grain Offering
- Clerical Clothing and Leviticus
- Should Christians Eat Blood?
- Ancestor Worship