Leviticus 15: Rules for bodily fluids


Synopsis:

If there is any issue from your body or skin, you are unclean. Anything you touch is unclean. If anyone touches anything you touch, they are unclean. When the issue stops, wait 7 days, clean yourself every day for seven days then make a sacrifice of two turtledoves. If you merely touched something unclean, go have a bath and you will be clean by evening. If you have sex, clean yourself afterwards because you are unclean until evening (no word on how long you are unclean if you have sex in the evening, that isn’t addressed. These rules are the same for men and women. If a woman has her period, she is unclean for 7 days as is anything she touches. If a man has sex with her while she is menstruating, he is unclean for 7 days, same as her.  After her separation, she is to sacrifice two turtledoves.

In other word:

Bodily fluids are gross. Don’t touch them.

Favorite bit: 

Leviticus 15: 24 – “And any man who lie with her at al and her flowers be upon him, he shall be unclean seven days, and all the bed whereon he lieth shall be unclean.” What a great way to describe a menstrual flow.

Moral Lesson learned:


  • Clean up after having sex. (Leviticus 15:18)
  • If you are sick, stay in bed and don’t infect anyone else (Leviticus 15)