Daniel Harrell’s new book on Leviticus (How to be Perfect) is out, and Patheos has a brief interview with him on the subject, including some tips on how to preach that tricky book:
The basic hunch is that Leviticus still matters for Christians and preachers. Central New Testament terms such as atonement, sacrifice, holiness, and blood are all Levitical terms that serve as the background for the gospel. Moreover, the second greatest commandment, “love your neighbor as yourself,” is found in the Old Testament only in Leviticus. Wrestling with the covenant demands of God, if not the particular commandments, remains essential for serious believers.