The earliest account of the disease appears in an Egyptian Papyrus around 1550 B.C.
Hansen's or Leprosy infected around 100-200 people in the U.S each year and most are
in the south, Texas and Louisiana no idea why.
In the Bible leprosy is mentioned upwards of 40 times. The main reason why leprosy is talked
about so much is the Bible is that it is a graphic illustration of sin's destructive power. In ancient Israel
leprosy was a powerful object lesson of the debilitating influence of sin in a person's life.
My question what did these unfortunate folks do???
Leviticus 13: God had given his people very specific instruction on how to deal with leprosy.
Lev.13:2-3 Go to a priest and if found infected "wear torn clothes and let the hair of his head hang loose,
and he shall cover his upper lip and cry out, 'Unclean, unclean. He shall live alone and his dwelling shall
be outside the camp.
Lev. 13:45-46 the leper then was considered utterly unclean-physically and spiritually.
How are they spiritually unclean?
The all knowing God of the OT was cruel...