Editor, Courier Journal:

Leviticus is the third Book in the Old Testament and was written by Moses. The word “Leviticus” means ‘pertaining to the ‘Levites.’ It should be noted that the title for this Book is correct since the Israelite Priests were Levites and their ministry is discussed in the Book. Included in this Book are the five major offerings (burnt, grain, fellowship, sin, guilt) and laws to regulate holiness in all of life. Was this Book with its high standards, written strictly for the Levites, the Priests? Please continue and decide.

There is one law that some say applies today. This is the law about tattoo marks. In Leviticus, Chapter 19 it is stated “Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves.” In order to learn more about tattoo marks I went to the Moody Bible Commentary. The Commentary stated “Pagan practices, such as cuttings one’s hair and beard, or making tattoo marks on one’s body, were abominations to the Lord.” The most important word, for tattoo marks, in the sentence from the Commentary, is ‘Pagan.’ If a tattoo mark ain’t pagan, it is acceptable under Leviticus! I sure hope so since I have a tattoo mark. It is the outline of a Cross.

Those having tattoo marks and being told it’s against the Bible should reference another law. Chapter 11 of Leviticus provides comments about clean and unclean food. One source of food discussed is the ‘pig.’ It is stated, “It is unclean for you. You must not eat their meat or touch their carcasses.” From a pig we get bacon and sausage, but it is unacceptable to eat these foods under Leviticus!

The laws of Leviticus were not followed by all in Old Testament days. The law shown in Chapter 18 of Leviticus states: “Do not take your wife’s sister as a rival wife and have sexual relations with her while your wife is still living.” In the Book of Genesis, Chapter 29, we are told about Laban, the father, Leah and Rachel, his two daughters and about Jacob who was in love with Rachel. Jacob married Leah, thinking she was Rachel, and one week later married Rachel. It’s very clear that Jacob loved only Rachel. However, if we continue in Genesis to where Jacob speaks about his approaching death to his sons, we learn more about Leah. Jacob stated he wanted to be buried in the cave where “There Abraham and his wife Sarah were buried, there Isaac and his wife Rebekah were buried and there I buried Leah.”

The comments about Leviticus and Genesis came from New International Version Bible. My faith rests with Jesus and I believe the Bible is the Word of God.

Bill Smoak

Florence