#179. What is the portion due to the officiating priest: right thigh OR sholder, cheeks, and stomach? (Lev 7:32-34 vs Deut 18:3)

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It’s been a while since I last posted, but this contradiction, like the previous ones, is best seen in the larger context of the differences between the Aaronid written text of Leviticus, where only descendants of Aaron are priests, and the Levite written text of Deuteronomy wherein all Levites are deemed priests.

Here there seems to be a difference with respect to the meat portion allotted for the priests. In Leviticus the priest’s portion of the sacrificial animal is the right thigh. But the Deuteronomic text indicates that it is the shoulder, cheeks, and stomach of the animal.

2 thoughts on “#179. What is the portion due to the officiating priest: right thigh OR sholder, cheeks, and stomach? (Lev 7:32-34 vs Deut 18:3)

  1. One way to reconcile these texts is Leviticus 7:11 shows the text was referring to peace offerings, while Deuteronomy 18 is referring to offerings in general. Priests probably received thigh, shoulder, stomach and cheek for peace offerings, while a thigh wasn’t given in other instances of animal sacrifices.

    As to the confusion about Levites and the priesthood, only Aaron’s descendents were priests, but all Levites served in the Tabernacle in some way, shape or form. (Numbers 3:21-37, 4:4-15, 7:9), so they all received a portion of animal offering for food.

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