76 Things Banned in Leviticus

The pig is considered an unclean animal as foo...

The pig is considered an unclean animal as food in Judaism and Islam and some Christian denominations. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Here’s chapter and verse on a more-or-less comprehensive list of things banned in the Leviticus book of the bible. A decent number of them are punishable by death.

1.       Burning any yeast or honey in offerings to God (2:11)

2.       Failing to include salt in offerings to God (2:13)

3.       Eating fat (3:17)

4.       Eating blood (3:17)

5.       Failing to testify against any wrongdoing you’ve witnessed (5:1)

6.       Failing to testify against any wrongdoing you’ve been told about (5:1)

7.       Touching an unclean animal (5:2)

8.       Carelessly making an oath (5:4)

9.       Deceiving a neighbour about something trusted to them (6:2)

10.   Finding lost property and lying about it (6:3)

11.   Bringing unauthorised fire before God (10:1)

12.   Letting your hair become unkempt (10:6)

13.   Tearing your clothes (10:6)

14.   Drinking alcohol in holy places (10:9)

15.   Eating an animal which doesn’t both chew cud and has a divided hoof (11:4-7)

16.   Touching the carcass of any of the above (11:8)

17.   Eating – or touching the carcass of – any seafood without fins or scales (11:10-12)

18.   Eating – or touching the carcass of – eagle, the vulture, the black vulture, the red kite, any kind of black kite, any kind of raven, the horned owl, the screech owl, the gull, any kind of hawk, the little owl, the cormorant, the great owl, the white owl, the desert owl, the osprey, the stork, any kind of heron, the hoopoe and the bat. (11:13-19)

19.   Eating – or touching the carcass of – flying insects with four legs, unless those legs are jointed (11:20-22)

20.   Eating any animal which walks on all four and has paws (11:27)

21.   Eating – or touching the carcass of – the weasel, the rat, any kind of great lizard, the gecko, the monitor lizard, the wall lizard, the skink and the chameleon (11:29)

22.   Eating – or touching the carcass of – any creature which crawls on many legs, or its belly (11:41-42)

23.   Going to church within 33 days after giving birth to a boy (12:4)

24.   Going to church within 66 days after giving birth to a girl (12:5)

25.   Having sex with your mother (18:7)

26.   Having sex with your father’s wife (18:8)

27.   Having sex with your sister (18:9)

28.   Having sex with your granddaughter (18:10)

29.   Having sex with your half-sister (18:11)

30.   Having sex with your biological aunt (18:12-13)

31.   Having sex with your uncle’s wife (18:14)

32.   Having sex with your daughter-in-law (18:15)

33.   Having sex with your sister-in-law (18:16)

34.   Having sex with a woman and also having sex with her daughter or granddaughter (18:17)

35.   Marrying your wife’s sister while your wife still lives (18:18)

36.   Having sex with a woman during her period (18:19)

37.   Having sex with your neighbour’s wife (18:20)

38.   Giving your children to be sacrificed to Molek (18:21)

39.   Having sex with a man “as one does with a woman” (18:22)

40.   Having sex with an animal (18:23)

41.   Making idols or “metal gods” (19:4)

42.   Reaping to the very edges of a field (19:9)

43.   Picking up grapes that have fallen in your  vineyard (19:10)

44.   Stealing (19:11)

45.   Lying (19:11)

46.   Swearing falsely on God’s name (19:12)

47.   Defrauding your neighbour (19:13)

48.   Holding back the wages of an employee overnight (19:13)

49.   Cursing the deaf or abusing the blind (19:14)

50.   Perverting justice, showing partiality to either the poor or the rich (19:15)

51.   Spreading slander (19:16)

52.   Doing anything to endanger a neighbour’s life (19:16)

53.   Seeking revenge or bearing a grudge (19:18)

54.   Mixing fabrics in clothing (19:19)

55.   Cross-breeding animals (19:19)

56.   Planting different seeds in the same field (19:19)

57.   Sleeping with another man’s slave (19:20)

58.   Eating fruit from a tree within four years of planting it (19:23)

59.   Practising divination or seeking omens (tut, tut astrology) (19:26)

60.   Trimming your beard (19:27)

61.   Cutting your hair at the sides (19:27)

62.   Getting tattoos (19:28)

63.   Making your daughter prostitute herself (19:29)

64.   Turning to mediums or spiritualists (19:31)

65.   Not standing in the presence of the elderly (19:32)

66.   Mistreating foreigners – “the foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born”  (19:33-34)

67.   Using dishonest weights and scales (19:35-36)

68.   Cursing your father or mother (punishable by death) (20:9)

69.   Marrying a prostitute, divorcee or widow if you are a priest (21:7,13)

70.   Entering a place where there’s a dead body as a priest (21:11)

71.   Slaughtering a cow/sheep and its young on the same day (22:28)

72.   Working on the Sabbath (23:3)

73.   Blasphemy (punishable by stoning to death) (24:14)

74.   Inflicting an injury; killing someone else’s animal; killing a person must be punished in kind (24:17-22)

75.   Selling land permanently (25:23)

76.   Selling an Israelite as a slave (25:42)

(Source: leviticusbans)

31 Responses to “76 Things Banned in Leviticus”

  1. Some are actually pretty good:
    5. Upholding justice. Not 6, however; that’s hearsay.
    9. Not good policy for neighborly relations.
    10. Just think if you lost something.
    15-16. My brother (majored in animal husbandry) told me that at that time, in that part of the world, raising swine was about the fastest way for a farmer to go broke.
    18. I wouldn’t either.
    25-33. Ewwww!
    42. Not reaping to the edge was an act of charity, leaving some for the widows and orphans.
    44-53. Just common sense.
    63. Criminal today.
    65. Good manners. (I would love to be treated with such overt respect – nah).
    66. Proper hospitality.
    67. Fraud.
    74. Common law.
    75. The idea that property ownership was more an obligation to the society than a right to use as one pleased.

    But I didn’t need Ceiling Cat to tell me such things – any well-ordered, liberal society would embrace the sensible ones.

  2. Am I going blind, or does this fail to ban father-daughter sex?

    • No, you’re not going blind and yes, the Bible has several instances of father-daughter sex. Lot’s daughters were quite the pair.

    • It kind of does in number 34. If you’re having sex with your daughter, you’ve also had sex with her mother, and #34 says that’s not okay. Still, an explicit statement of the whole “no sex with your daughter” thing would be better.

  3. Wait a minute in Deuteronomy 25: 5 and Matthew 22:23 you’re supposed to marry you sister-in-law if your brother dies. Does the Bible still consider her your sister-in-law or does your brother dying change that?

  4. Ugli – Thanks for the list. It is worth keeping for reuse. I enjoy your blogs. You might enjoy my blog “The Kosher Pig”. Graygoosegosling

  5. Reblogged this on mccrabass and commented:
    I stumbled upon this post the other day and it is worth reposting.
    This country is under attack by right-wing religious zealots who use their fear, hatred, and the Bible as their Constitution and as their moral guide. Guess what? They expect the rest of the country to do the same. Once again, the group under attack are homosexuals, and the zealots are using the book of Leviticus as a guide to how we as society should ‘deal’ with homosexuals. “Hey, it’s the word of God, we can’t go against Him!”
    Oh really now? So, my question is, what about the rest of Leviticus? How can these hard-core, devout Christians who allegedly live and breathe by the Bible, only choose the parts of the Bible that suits their lame ‘arguments’? This is one of the finest examples of hypocrisy around.
    Take a gander at this post and at the rest of the blog. I’m still exploring it but so far, it’s chock-full of interesting stuff.
    The separation of Church and State is lost on some folks unless it’s the separation of Mosque and State, or Temple and State.


  6. I scored a 35 (ish)… and since “confession is good for a laugh” I posted my list on my blog. How did you all do?


  7. Reblogged this on leztalk3321's Blog and commented:
    Hmm…funny how nobody tries to outlaw these things. Nope, just gay marriage (or, as I like to call it, MARRIAGE). I will never understand how people arrive at such hateful and ignorant conclusions.

  8. Interesting. Does not ban sleeping with your wife’s sister.

  9. Wow. I am surprised I am not sent to hell before I die!

  10. Reblogged this on Atheists in Action and commented:
    It is natural for an atheist to pick and choose from this list of ancient suggestions concerning good behavior, but it is hypocritical for a believer to do the same because they imaging this to be the inspired word of God. The complete list should be honored.

    So believers, while number 25 makes sense and should be pretty easy to follow for any normal person, number 54 is utterly ridiculous, and I don’t even what to attempt to explain what is wrong with number 57.

  11. Uglicoyote – Keep up the good work. I enjoy them all. Check out my latest about “Giordano Bruno Murdered”. secularradiotheater on YouTube.


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