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צרע

Graham S. Ogden

(1) verb | צָרַעַת | noun f
(a) Wounds (State/Process) verb qal; verb pu
= to suffer from an infectious skin disease, which probably covers diseases such as psoriasis, favus, leucoderma, but also mildew on cloth and walls (Hulse); a person who suffers from this disease is considered ritually unclean, and therefore unable to participate in worship; clothes and buildings that are affected by it are unclean as well; seen as a curse and a punishment from God  - to suffer from a skin disease, to be affected by mildew  (EXO.4:6; LEV.13:2,3 ...)
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