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What does the Bible say about menstruation? (Answered)

What does the Bible say about menstruations?

According to Leviticus 15:20-23, even touching something that the woman has also touched would be forbidden. Do these laws apply to us today? No, they do not. Why? It is important to remember the purpose of the Old Testament laws concerning blood. In the sacrificial system, blood was sacred (Leviticus 17:11). A woman’s “uncleanness” during her period was symbolic of the value placed on blood. As a result, contact with a woman who was having her period was forbidden.

I’ve never understood why periods are talked about the way they are in the Bible. So, I approached this post asking God a lot of questions.

And actually, the verse above is only part of the discomfort we have to deal with in Leviticus. A few chapters earlier we also learn that women are unclean during childbirth as well (Leviticus 12:1–7).

The topic of menstruation arises in the Bible in several different contexts. It figures tangentially in one early biblical narrative, in connection with a ruse. In biblical legal texts, it appears a source of ritual impurity and as the basis for a sexual prohibition. And in several passages in the Prophets and Writings, the impurity of menstruation functions as a metaphor for sin and punishment. Coming from different sources over a long period of time, these texts are sometimes contradictory and display a range of attitudes toward menstruation. While some passages present it matter-of-factly as a biological function, in others, menstruation becomes a paradigmatic source of defilement, symbolizing transgression and shame.

I know this isn’t how God views women’s reproductive systems. Jesus healed a woman who’d suffered from bleeding for 12 years (Luke 8:43–48). According to Old Testament teaching, she would have been unclean for the duration of her bleeding, which meant that anything or anyone who touched her would also be unclean (Leviticus 15:25–27).

Here are more Bible verses about period pains every Christian Should Know:

Leviticus 15:19-30 ESV

“When a woman has a discharge, and the discharge in her body is blood, she shall be in her menstrual impurity for seven days, and whoever touches her shall be unclean until the evening. And everything on which she lies during her menstrual impurity shall be unclean. Everything also on which she sits shall be unclean. And whoever touches her bed shall wash his clothes and bathe himself in water and be unclean until the evening. And whoever touches anything on which she sits shall wash his clothes and bathe himself in water and be unclean until the evening. Whether it is the bed or anything on which she sits, when he touches it he shall be unclean until the evening.Luke 8:43-46 ESV

And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, and though she had spent all her living on physicians, she could not be healed by anyone. She came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment, and immediately her discharge of blood ceased. And Jesus said, “Who was it that touched me?” When all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the crowds surround you and are pressing in on you!” But Jesus said, “Someone touched me, for I perceive that power has gone out from me.”

Leviticus 19:1-37 ESV

And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them, You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy. Every one of you shall revere his mother and his father, and you shall keep my Sabbaths: I am the Lord your God. Do not turn to idols or make for yourselves any gods of cast metal: I am the Lord your God. “When you offer a sacrifice of peace offerings to the Lord, you shall offer it so that you may be accepted. ..

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