Bible study 103 – Leviticus 13

God explains how to diagnose and treat tsara’at. The affliction is traditionally translated as leprousy, since it is a skin disease which spreads all over the body and turns the skin white (the same disease afflicts Moses in Exodus 4). On the other hand, this explanation clearly fails halfway through the chapter, when it is revealed that tsara’at also afflicts clothes. In other words, the term probably describes a mix of completely unrelated skin diseases, molds, fungus etc.

Basically, a priest sees the patient every seven days and checks if the disease has spread. If it hasn’t, he is clean; if it has, he has to tear his clothes, dishevel his hair, cry “Unclean, unclean,” and move into solitude outside the camp. (Seriously, look it up). If a piece of cloth is afflicted, you just burn it.

Leviticus 13:40
If anyone loses the hair from his head, he is bald but he is clean.


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