Leviticus: An Introduction and Commentary, By Jay Sklar
  • Length: 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.25 in
  • Published: January 30, 2014
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: 4284
  • ISBN: 9780830842841

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Levitical rules and regulations can at first appear irrelevant to contemporary Christians—but they provide important Old Testament background for understanding large portions of the New Testament. Leviticus describes a point in human history when God came and dwelt in the midst of the ancient Israelites and taught them what their purpose in life really was. Jay Sklar's commentary makes clear what it is that the Lord said to them and, in so doing, makes clear what he says to us today.

"If you have always baulked at reading Leviticus, then get this book, and use it as a guide. It will be money and time well-spent."

John de Hoog, Vox Reformata, 2016

"Pastors, seminarians, and Bible teachers will surely benefit from this volume, and its readers will likely quote many of Sklar's moder-day analogies."

Kazuyuki Hayashi, Journal for the Evangelical Study of the Old Testament, 5.1 (2016)

"Most Christians find Leviticus rather difficult to grasp. Here is a volume aimed at Bible students and pastors that will provide real help at an economical price. Mr. Skylar has spent much of his career on this portion of Scripture and it shows. . . . In the commentary proper every passage is given sufficient, interesting, and helpful discussion. You could not help but gain by this fine volume."

Jimmy Reagan, The Reagan Review, April 25, 2015

"Professor Sklar deserves our gratitude for the way in which he has set about his task of providing an entry-level work for what many newcomers to the OT view as a daunting part of the Bible."

James F. Coakley, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, March 2016

"Too often Bible readers overlook the book of Leviticus. By offering a balanced and readable commentary that focuses on the person and purpose of Christ, Sklar reminds us that the rich text of Leviticus loudly proclaims the gospel message."

Jason Brueckner, Bible Study Magazine, November-December 2014

"This is an outstanding commentary that will serve pastors and preachers well for at least another generation. It opens up the world of ancient Israel's laws and ritual in a clear and understandable way, rejoicing in the grace of the law of the Lord that is more to be desired than gold, a law which leads us to the majesty and glory of Jesus."

Paul Barker, Themelios, December 2015


General preface
Author's preface
Chief abbreviations


1. Context and title
2. Authorship and date
3. The Hebrew text of Leviticus and the English version used here
4. The theology of Leviticus
5. Special issues in Leviticus
6. Leviticus and the NT: the 'how much more' of Jesus



Additional notes


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Jay Sklar (Ph.D., University of Gloucestershire) is professor of Old Testament and dean of faculty at Covenant Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri.