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Leper
Any person suffering from leprosy.
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Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Leprosy
Leprosy, Leper. Chronic infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium leprae, a bacterium similar to the tuberculosis bacillus. The disease is manifested by changes in the skin, mucous membranes, and peripheral nerves. In the skin there are often patches of depigmentation but rarely a total loss of pigment,
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Leper
Leper lepʹər; LEPROSY lepʹrə-sē [Heb. ṣāraʾaṯ; Gk. lépra].A leper suffers from a specific form of mycobacterial infection that was dreaded in antiquity and that until a.d. 1960 was regarded as intractable and incurable. To reduce the psychological trauma reported by sufferers, the condition has
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Leper, Leprosy
LEPER, LEPROSY One afflicted with a chronic infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium leprae, a bacterium similar to the tuberculosis bacillus. The disease is manifested by changes in the skin, mucous membranes, and peripheral nerves. In the skin there are often patches of depigmentation but rarely
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Leper, Leprosy
LEPER, LEPROSY. The precise meaning of leprosy in both OT and NT is still in dispute. It is a vague comprehensive term that may possibly have included modern leprosy.In the OT Heb. sāra˓ath, translated “leprosy,” connotes (1). scaly condition of human skin and of inanimate objects; and (2). human disease,
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Leper Leprosy
Leper, Leprosy. The predominant and characteristic form of leprosy in the Old Testament is a white variety, covering either the entire body or a large tract of its surface, which has obtained the name of Lepra mosaica. Such were the cases of Moses, Miriam, Naaman, and Gehazi. Ex. 4:6; Num. 12:10; 2 Kings
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Leper
LEPER (Heb. ṣāra˓, “smite”). A peson suffering from leprosy. The nature of leprosy is discussed in the article Diseases. Mosaic regulation of leprosy is discussed below, in the article Leprosy and the Mosaic Law.
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
Leper, Leprosy
Leper, LeprosyThe biblical word traditionally translated “leprosy” does not (at least usually) refer to what we call leprosy (Hansen’s disease) but rather covers a variety of skin diseases, including the different forms of psoriasis and vitiligo (both of which make the skin white, cf. 2 Kings 5:27).
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
LEPER; LEPROSY
LEPER; LEPROSY<lep’-er>, <lep’-ro-si> (צָרַעַת‎ [tsaràath]; [λέπρα, lepra]): A slowly progressing and intractable disease characterized by subcutaneous nodules (Hebrew [se’eth]; Septuagint [oule]; the King James Version “rising”), scabs or cuticular crusts (Hebrew [cappachath]; Septuagint [semasia])
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
Leper, Leprosy
LEPER, lepʹẽr, LEPROSY, lepʹro-si (צָרַעַת‎, çāraʽath; λέπρα, lépra): A slowly progressing and intractable disease characterized by subcutaneous nodules (Heb se᾿ēth; LXX oulḗ; AV “rising”), scabs or cuticular crusts (Heb ṣappaḥath; LXX sēmasía) and white shining spots appearing to be deeper
Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity
Leper
LEPER (iconography). Iconography concerning the healing of lepers (Mt 8:2–4 // Mk 1:40 // Lk 5:12–16; Lk 17:11–19) appears almost nonexistent, or at least difficult to identify, given that, as happens in the representations of Job, the effect of the wounds produced by the malady is not expressed figuratively,
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