Chapter 28- Instructions for daily offerings, first of the month offerings, Sabbath offerings, Passover offerings, and feast of the firstfruits offerings.
Nothing here we haven’t talked about before. Lots of dead animals. I still don’t know how these people were supposed to procure so many unblemished baby sheep.
Chapter 29- The 7th month of the year involves extra days where they must make extra sacrifices and do no work. Instructions for those are given here.
The only thing that really stood out to me here was verse 6, where it describes the type of offering to be given for the New Moon (capitalized as such in the Bible.) Sacrificing based on the lunar phase seems like an awfully pagan thing for the Israelites to be doing.
Chapter 30- Instructions about making vows.
Are you ready for this? Put on your seat belts for the wild ride of sexism you’re about to experience.
If a man makes a vow, he shall not break his word. (1 simple, straightforward verse)
If a woman makes a vow, her father or husband gets to decide if she really has to keep the vow or not. (13 verses of detailed instructions) Seriously. Let me quote one for you: “Every vow and every binding oath to afflict her soul, her husband may confirm it, or her husband may make it void.”
Puh-lease. Aren’t women capable of making up their own damn minds? Aren’t we autonomous people who can do what we want, when we want? Nope, I guess the Bible thinks we’re some combination of property/children who need constant supervision and permission. Fuck.that.noise. I’ll pass on the biblical patriarchy, thankyouverymuch.