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The Hebrew term for leprosy (tsaraath) covers a broader range of afflictions than does the modern term which is usually called Hansen's disease. The latter is certainly included, as in the case of Naaman (2 Kings 5), but so were other spreading, disfiguring, and contagious skin diseases. The Hebrew word was also used, as in this verse, to mean any type of fungus or mold that would attack a fabric in somewhat similar fashion. Analogously, the same word was used to refer to any type of fungus or mold that would spread on the wall of a house (Leviticus 14:33-57).

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KJV Defenders Study Bible, by Dr. Henry Morris, Ph.D.
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Language: English
DEF 10 ISBN 0-529-10444-x
DEF 10-1 ISBN 0-529-10445-8


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