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Leviticus 27 and a perceived contradiction

Postby Regnis Numis » Wed Jul 11, 2018 4:01 pm

Throughout Leviticus 27, owners are allowed to redeem their animals, houses, and family land by adding a fifth to their value, yet Leviticus 27:28 states nothing a person owns and devotes to God may be sold or redeemed. Doesn't this pose a significant contradiction?
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Re: Leviticus 27 and a perceived contradiction

Postby jimwalton » Wed Jul 11, 2018 4:18 pm

There are different ways to dedicate things to the Lord's use, and the chapter is going about explaining how to redeem various things, and the different kinds of dedications. Vv. 2-13 pertain to vows, and within that vv. 2-8 to the dedication of persons. 3-7 pertains to money. 9-13 is about animals. 14-25 is about houses or lands. V. 21 is about priest property. 28-29 are about herem. 31-33 about the tithe. So these are different categories and different treatments of "dedicated things" in different situations.
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