Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship

Studies in the Bible and Antiquity


Julie M. Smith


In recent years, the study of Leviticus has been galvanized by anthropologist Mary Douglas. Douglas's central insight was that Leviticus relies on analogical thinking, which means that each part of the law cannot be understood on its own but only by comparing it with other parts of the law of Moses. This paper uses an analogical approach to Leviticus in order to explore what the law of Moses teaches about Jesus Christ. Details of the various offerings; laws regarding food, contact, and illness; and holy days are examined analogically in order to show what ancient prophets in the New and Old Worlds already knew: that the law of Moses can "[point] our souls to Christ."