13:47 garment also. 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 (II 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, as in Leviticus 14:33-57, to refer to any type of fungus or mold that would spread on the wall of a house.
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