Lots more rules about super holiness for priests. There is an interesting blend of pragmatism and perfectionism. The ideal is re-creation of eden, no blemishes, no contamination with things deemed unworthy.
If a priest’s daughter marries a non priest for example, she can’t come home for dinner any more because their food is offertory food, she’ll defile it. Perfectionism.
But if she is widowed or alone again, she can move back in. She’s got to eat. These little practicalities, merciful details run through it.
Apparently it was a very popular religion in the ancient world. Judaism grew and was attractive to the poor, outcasts and women – despite its sexist appearance from our perspective, it was a relatively good deal. The moral code was appealing. Its one of the reasons the romans finally destroyed the temple, it was seen as a threat to the empire.
I’m in a bit of a depressed, or at least transitional, state. Birthday. 55, Feeling like I’m facing the latter part of my life.
Father I do accept your law is good. Its hard work picking though these ancient, culturally strange texts. But you are good, I know that.