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“‘Holiness’ thus refers to Yahweh’s inner nature and ‘glory’ to his outward appearing.” (Page lvi)
“The concern of this book, however, is pure worship and holy living led by the priests, the sons of Aaron.” (Page xxx)
“Because only Yahweh is intrinsically holy, any person or thing is holy only as it stands in relationship to him. Thus there are degrees of holiness depending on the proximity of an item or person to Yahweh. The degrees of holiness are clearly witnessed in the description of the Tent of Meeting and the pattern of OT worship. The closer a person or thing gets to God the more holy it becomes, and the holier it must be lest it be consumed by his holiness.” (Page lvii)
“Leviticus is made up mostly of Yahweh speeches that Moses delivers to the congregation” (Page xxx)
“When Yahweh manifests himself, his holiness is visible as glory.” (Page lvi)