March 26, 2007

Breadcrumb: Food for the whole family

In Lev. 22:10-13, we learn that a priest's entire family may eat of the sacrificial offerings. Hired servants could not eat it, but bought servants could. Daughters married off to strangers could not, but widowed or divorced daughters living in her father's house could. In other words, anyone permanently living with the priest was allowed to eat it. In an earlier Breadcrumb, I bemoaned the fate of the priest's daughters, who would undoubtedly starve because only the priest's sons could eat sacrificial offerings. I am glad here to correct myself and note that priestly daughters would not starve to death on a regular basis.

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