Homilies on Leviticus: 1-16

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HOMILY 9

About the sacrifices of propitiation and about "the two he-goats," of
which
"one lot is of the Lord and one of a scapegoat" which "is
sent into the wilderness.
" And about the entrance of the high priest
"into the Holy of Holies." 1.

A DAY of atonement is necessary for all who have sinned and for this reason, among the festivals of the Law, which contain figures of heavenly mysteries, one certain festival is held which is called a day of atonement. This, therefore, which was read now, is the law of the very festival which, as we said, was called a day of atonement. But let us see first what the chief point of the letter itself may mean for us, that by your prayers (if you still so beseech the Lord that you may be worthy to be heard clearly) we might be able to receive the grace of the Spirit through whom we may have strength to explain the mysteries that are contained in the Law.

(2) "The two sons of Aaron, Nadab and Abiud, died while they offered an alien fire at the altar of the Lord." 2. It was necessary that Aaron be taught the heavenly doctrine, how he ought to ascend to the altar and by which rite of supplications he should make atonement to God that he should not incur the same fault which his sons has incurred heedlessly and improperly when they approached the altar of God and offered "an alien fire" and not that one which the Divinity had given. Therefore, for that reason, the law concerning these things was prefaced in this way: "And the Lord spoke to Moses after the two sons of Aaron died, when they offered an alien fire before the Lord and died. And the Lord said to Moses,

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1.
Cf. Lev 16.30f.; 16.8, 10, 2f.
2.
Cf. Lev 16.1.

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  • Origen - Homilies on Leviticus 1-16 *
  • Contents v
  • Abbreviations vii
  • Select Bibliography ix
  • Introduction *
  • Homilies 1-16 *
  • Homily 1 29
  • Homily 2 39
  • Homily 3 52
  • Homily 4 70
  • Homily 5 88
  • Homily 6 116
  • Homily 7 129
  • Homily 8 153
  • Homily 9 176
  • Homily 10 202
  • Homily 11 208
  • Homily 12 218
  • Homily 13 232
  • Homily 14 245
  • Homily 15 256
  • Homily 16 261
  • Indices *
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