The Literary Structure of Leviticus

The two most compelling structures proposed for Leviticus come from Christopher R. Smith and Moshe Kline.

Christopher R. Smith's Literary Structure of Leviticus

A - Law- Sacrifices (1-7)

       B -  Narrative - Priests (8-10)

           C -  Law- Uncleanness (11-15)

               X - Narrative - Day of Atonement (16)

           C’ - Law - Holiness (17-24:9)

       B’- Narrative - Blasphemer (24:10-23)

   A’ - Law - Redemption (25-27)


Moshe Kline's Literary Structure of Leviticus

A - Sacrifices (1-7)

       B - Priests, Fall, Food, and Childbirth (8-12)

           C - Day of Atonement, Laws Concerning Sacrifice, and Sex Laws Stipulations (16-18)

               X - Holiness (19)

           C’ - Laws Concerning Sacrifice, Sex Laws Sanctions (20:1-22:25)

       B’- Feasts and Capital Crimes (Blasphemy and Murder) (22:26-24)

   A’ - Redemption and Covenant Blessings and Curses (25-27)

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