Jacob Milgrom, a rabbi and Bible scholar, has devoted the
bulk of his career to examining the laws of the Torah. His incisive commentary
on Leviticus, which began with Leviticus 1-16, continues in this last
volume of three. It provides an authoritative and comprehensive explanation of
ethical values concealed in Israel's rituals. Although at first glance Leviticus
seems far removed from the modern-day world, Milgrom's thoughtful and
provocative comments and notes reveal its enduring relevance to contemporary
Leviticus 23-27 brings us to the climactic end of the book and its revolutionary innovations, among which are the evolution of the festival calendar with its emphasis on folk traditions, and the jubilee, the priestly answer to the socio-economic problems of their time.
With English translations that convey the nuance and power of the original Hebrew, this trilogy will take its place alongside the best of the Anchor Bible Commentaries.
From the Hardcover edition.