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The ending of Exodus leaves the reader with the impression that the Israelites are about to depart from Mount Sinai and continue their journey toward Canaan. But no such narrative action takes place in the subsequent book of Leviticus. Leviticus consists almost entirely of instructions and regulations concerning religious practices and other matters that Yahweh relates to Moses at the tabernacle.
Leviticus focuses on several areas: the sacrificial system, regulations for all aspects of life, and issues of purity and impurity. The system of sacrificial offerings to Yahweh, orchestrated by the priests in the lineage of Aaron, is to be of central importance to the religious life of all Israelites. Israelites must also pay constant attention to their status of ritual purity or impurity, because the latter precludes any participation in the sacrificial cult. The Documentary Hypothesis assigns most of Leviticus to the Priestly source, and these themes represent some of its most striking features.The regulations restricting which foods are considered clean, or kosher, and unclean in Leviticus 11 have long been a topic of discussion. While various practical explanations have been sought for the prohibited foods—considering pork unhealthy or disease-prone, for example—none are convincing. Leviticus itself offers no rationale for these regulations other than divine mandate and the idea that these foods defile the body of the one who eats them. Though expanded and clarified by much later Jewish tradition, Leviticus is part of the foundation for the dietary system that continues to govern Jewish practice to this day.