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Leviticus 22:11 Commentary - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

(11) But if the priest buy any soul.—The case, however, was different with heathen slaves whom the priest purchased. These were admitted into the Jewish community by the rite of circumcision, they were allowed to partake of the paschal lamb, and of every privilege of the Israelites. Hence they became incorporated in the priestly family, and were allowed to eat of the holy things. During the second Temple this privilege was extended to that kind of domestic whom the priest did not actually acquire by his own purchase-money, but whom the wife brought with her as part of her dowry, as well as to those whom the slaves of the priestly family purchased.

Born in his house.—That is, the house-born servant or the child of the slave. (See Gen. 17:12-13.) Even when the priest himself could not eat of the holy things by reason of his having contracted some legal defilement, his wife, children, and slaves were permitted to partake of the sacrificial repast.

Consult other comments:

Leviticus 22:11 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Leviticus 22:11 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Leviticus 22:11 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

Leviticus 22:11 - College Press Bible Study Textbook Series

Leviticus 22:11 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Leviticus 22:11 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 22:11 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Leviticus 22:11 - Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 22:11 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Leviticus 22:11 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Leviticus 22:11 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 22:11 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Leviticus 22:11 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)