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People who take the Bible seriously never know what to do with the book of Leviticus. And yet Leviticus is historically considered by Jews, and thus by Jesus, as the pivotal book of the Hebrew Bible. It's impossible to fully comprehend such key New Testament terms as sacrifice, atonement, or blood without some understanding of Leviticus. The "second greatest commandment," which Jesus said was "Love your neighbor as yourself," comes from Leviticus (19:18).
As a longtime minister and preacher who had successfully skirted Leviticus for most of his life, author Daniel Harrell wanted to come to grips with all that Leviticus teaches--not just loving neighbors, but the parts about animal sacrifice, Sabbath-keeping, skin diseases, homosexuality, and stoning sinners, too. Yet rather than approaching Leviticus with a view toward mitigating its commands, he decided to simply obey them.
The surprising lessons they learned impressed on Harrell both the power of obedience and the necessity of grace. This book traces the adventures of a group of people eager to understand the Bible by living it.
"I think what I love most about HOW TO BE PERFECT by Daniel M. Harrell is the outrageousness of the idea. If there's one book that Christians most ignore in the entire Bible, it's got to be Leviticus. And yet Harrell and his posse dove in to the deep end of the levitical pool, attempting to live out the 253 commandments therein for a whole month. The audaciousness of the idea is enough to be admired. But the result-this book-is even better, for it becomes a meditation on what it really means to love and follow the Lord."
"Knowing Daniel as a friend, I appreciate the clever way he encouraged eighteen real world, working adults to live the laws of Leviticus. Through their candid, heartfelt, provocative, and at times hilarious journeys, they helped me grasp that wonderful--and sometimes glazed-over--Old Testament book in a more endearing way. What's more, I came to grasp my own faith as a child of God on a deeper level."
Located in: Minneapolis
Submitted: December 18, 2010
Tell us a little about yourself. I'm Senior Minister at Colonial Church, Edina, MN and previously served for 23 years at Park Street Church, Boston, MA. I hold a PhD in psychology from Boston College and live in Minneapolis with my wife and daughter.
What was your motivation behind this project? Most Christians skirt Leviticus thinking it to be obsolete, irrelevant, esoteric or just plain boring. I wanted to change those attitudes. The book is about 20 people trying to live by the book for a month.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? An appreciation for holiness, obedience and the way that following Jesus transforms our ethics and attitudes in every aspect of life.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? It was a powerful experience in seeing how Leviticus would have been obeyed by Jesus and how the New Testament is shaped by this centerpiece of Torah. My own understanding of the New Testament was dramatically changed.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? For this project, I was deeply indebted to AJ Jacobs, Allen Ross, Jacob Milgrom, Gordon Wenham, Samuel Ballentine, John Hartley and the congregation of Park Street Church in Boston.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: I hope you enjoy the book!
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