Why is leprosy talked about so much in the Bible?


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In the Bible, the word leprosy is mentioned upwards of 40 times, depending on the Bible version being used. Leprosy was common in Bible times, and the many references to it were well understood by ...

July 01 2013 6 responses Vote Up Share Report

Seth3 Seth Freeman
Because it was a prevalent disease at the time. We don't see it around much here because of modern medicine. But it was a disease that they could relate to quite well. It was pretty much terrible.

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Mini Evan Doan
Contrary to popular belief, biblical leprosy is not Hansen's disease (modern leprosy), but rather what we call candidiasis, dermatophytosis, or ringworm. In other words, a skin fungal infection. It doesn't take long to find medical literature discussing skin fungal infections that literally uses the exact same descriptions as Leviticus. Furthermore, the leprosy of clothing and in the walls of homes perfectly match mold and mildew, as well.

In addition to leprosy, implications of fungi arise for the Feast of Unleavened Bread, as well, aka Feast of Unfermented Food. In biblical times, the only leavening agent they had to use was yeast, which is a type of fungus (bacteria also ferments, but is arguably virtually impossible to manipulate or control). On the Passover afternoon of the crucifixion, John 19:30 specifically states that when Jesus received the sour wine, (vinegar, or a full spectrum product of fermentation) he said "It is finished" and gave up his spirit. So his receipt of vinegar was precisely when he died.

So, the question is, why is the fungus among us such a big deal?

The scriptures don't explicitly tell us, but my own speculations are that fungi constitute the mechanism by which we return to the dust. Originally, fungi were intended to recycle biological waste in the ground. However, once death became part of reality, fungi are now literally the mechanism by which God's statement in Genesis 3:19 manifests. Biologists claim that without fungi, the earth would be littered with carcasses everywhere.

Just some food for thought...

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