The Message of Leviticus: Free to Be Holy, By Derek Tidball
The Message of Leviticus
  • Length: 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.25 in
  • Published: January 25, 2022
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: A0457
  • ISBN: 9781514004579

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For many Christians, the book of Leviticus is largely unknown and unread. Yet this book is crucial for understanding the rest of the Bible and the nature of the gospel.

In this Bible Speaks Today volume, Derek Tidball shows how this vital part of Scripture is of foundational importance for our view of God and Christian living. Revealing the original message to the people of Israel in their day, he makes room for us to grasp its message to us in our day. Tidball demonstrates how Leviticus serves as a preliminary sketch of the masterpiece that was to be unveiled in Christ, testifying to a faith of grace, love, and gratitude—and one that sets God's people free to be holy.

Part of the beloved Bible Speaks Today series, The Message of Exodus offers an insightful, readable exposition of the biblical text and thought-provoking discussion of how its meaning relates to contemporary life. Used by students and teachers around the world, The Bible Speaks Today commentaries are ideal for those studying or preaching the Bible and anyone who wants to delve deeper into the text.

This revised edition of a classic volume features lightly updated language, current NIV Scripture quotations, and a new interior design.


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A. The manual of sacrifice: enjoying God’s presence (1:1—7:38)
B. The manual of priesthood: entering God’s service (8:1—10:20)
C. The manual of purity: encountering God’s design (11:1—15:33)
D. The manual of atonement: ensuring God’s forgiveness (16:1-34)
E. The manual of holiness: enacting God’s word (17:1—26:46)
F. The manual of dedication: enamoured of God’s grace (27:1-34)


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Derek Tidball

Derek Tidball is visiting scholar at Spurgeon's College, London. Previously he served as principal of the London School of Theology where he lectured in pastoral theology. His books include The Reality of Christ: The Message of Colossians for Today, Skillful Shepherds: Explorations in Pastoral Theology, and commentaries in the Bible Speaks Today Series. In addition, he is series editor for the Bible Speaks Today Bible Themes Series.