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Who Shall Ascend the Mountain of the Lord?: A Biblical Theology of the Book of Leviticus

“Who shall ascend the mountain of the LORD?” ―Psalm 24:3

In many ways, this is the fundamental question of Old Testament Israel’s cult―and, indeed, of life itself. How can creatures made from dust become members of God’s household “forever”? The question of ascending God’s mountain to his house was likely recited by pilgrims on approaching the temple on Mount Zion during the annual festivals. This entrance liturgy runs as an undercurrent throughout the Pentateuch and is at the heart of its central book, Leviticus. Its dominating concern, as well as that of the rest of the Bible, is the way in which humanity may come to dwell with God. Israel’s deepest hope was not merely a liturgical question, but a historical quest.

Under the Mosaic covenant, the way opened up by God was through the Levitical cult of the tabernacle and later temple, its priesthood and rituals. The advent of Christ would open up a new and living way into the house of God―indeed, that was the goal of his taking our humanity upon himself, his suffering, his resurrection and ascension.

In this stimulating volume in the New Studies in Biblical Theology, Michael Morales explores the narrative context, literary structure and theology of Leviticus. He follows its dramatic movement, examines the tabernacle cult and the Day of Atonement, and tracks the development from Sinai?s tabernacle to Zion’s temple―and from the earthly to the heavenly Mount Zion in the New Testament. He shows how life with God in the house of God was the original goal of the creation of the cosmos, and became the goal of redemption and the new creation.

About the Show

Ryan and Brian’s Bible Bistro got its start the summer of 2020. Ryan, a former student of Brian’s at Lincoln Christian College, called Brian to discuss a theology book he was reading. That sparked a two-hour conversation, and the idea that others might also be interested in talking about these topics. Brian called his office “The Bistro” while he was teaching at LCC, because he wanted it to be a place of discourse and conversation. It is that same idea that Ryan and Brian are bringing to this podcast. They discuss the Bible, theology, and all things related to the christian life and have a bit of fun while doing it. Join them every Tuesday in the Bistro and learn more about your faith.

Meet the Hosts

Ryan Sarver

Ryan was a student of Brian’s at Lincoln Christian College almost twenty years ago — not a good student, but a student nonetheless. He graduated with a degree in worship ministry and worked in the local church for several years. Now, Ryan owns and operates a video production and marketing company, telling stories for non-profits and businesses.  

Ryan loves reading books on theology and engaging in conversations. He and his wife, Lauren, share two children and live in the Indianapolis area. One of his claims-to-fame is making the best popcorn ever — just ask his kids.

Ryan’s favorite movie is The Tree of Life. He enjoys all kinds of ethnic foods, as well as pour-over coffee — keep your K-cups to yourself 🙂

Brian Johnson

Brian loves to teach the Bible, and he also loves a great cup of coffee! His students always appreciate his ability to make difficult concepts relatable. They also appreciate his sense of humor — well … most of the time. Throughout his career, Brian has taught all kinds of students in church, college, and seminary, both in the U.S. and internationally.

Brian really enjoys traveling, especially when there are good hikes and camping along the way. He shares those adventures with his wife, Josanne. Josanne and Brian have three children and one daughter-in-law.

Brian’s favorite movie of all time is Casablanca. He likes all kinds of food — no wonder he called his office “The Bistro.”

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