Concerning the selling and buying back of houses.
WE SEE in Leviticus three different laws concerning the selling and buying back of houses given by Moses, whose content we will first examine according to the literal sense so that after that we can also ascend to the spiritual sense. Certain houses are "in walled cities;" certain ones are "in villages or fields not having walls." 1. Therefore, it says that "if anyone should sell a house in a walled city, for a whole year he has the right to buy it back, but after a year no opportunity is given for it to be recovered. For the house will be a fixed possession of the buyer himself if within the year he who sold it could free it." 2.
(2) The second law is that "if a house, which was sold, were in a village which does not have walls but a field borders on this village, the seller is permitted, both after a year and at whatever time he could, to restore the price and to recover the house which he had sold." 3.
(3) The third law is that "if perchance it is the house of a Levite or a priest, wherever such a house was, either in a walled city or in a village which is not walled, it is permitted always and at any time that, at whatever time the Levite or priest would be able, he may buy back his house." 4. And the divine laws do not permit at any time a priestly or levitical possession to be established for another who is not of his order.
(4) These, therefore, are the laws, which that former people used and even according to that which is designated through the literal sense, which they consider religious and pious enough for the priestly or levitical orders.____________________