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BEGINNINGS
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person ceremonially clean. It was only a rash. The person’s clothing must
be washed, and the person will be ceremonially clean. But if the rash continues to spread after the person has been examined by the priest and has
been pronounced clean, the infected person must return to be examined
again. If the priest finds that the rash has spread, he must pronounce the
person ceremonially unclean, for it is indeed a skin disease.
“Anyone who develops a serious skin disease must go to the priest for
an examination. If the priest finds a white swelling on the skin, and some
hair on the spot has turned white, and there is an open sore in the affected
area, it is a chronic skin disease, and the priest must pronounce the person
ceremonially unclean. In such cases the person need not be quarantined,
for it is obvious that the skin is defiled by the disease.
“Now suppose the disease has spread all over the person’s skin, covering
the body from head to foot. When the priest examines the infected person
and finds that the disease covers the entire body, he will pronounce the
person ceremonially clean. Since the skin has turned completely white, the
person is clean. But if any open sores appear, the infected person will be
pronounced ceremonially unclean. The priest must make this pronouncement as soon as he sees an open sore, since open sores indicate the presence of a skin disease. However, if the open sores heal and turn white like
the rest of the skin, the person must return to the priest for another examination. If the affected areas have indeed turned white, the priest will then
pronounce the person ceremonially clean by declaring, ‘You are clean!’
“If anyone has a boil on the skin that has started to heal, but a white
swelling or a reddish white spot develops in its place, that person must
go to the priest to be examined. If the priest examines it and finds it to be
more than s­ kin-­deep, and if the hair in the affected area has turned white,
the priest must pronounce the person ceremonially unclean. The boil has
become a serious skin disease. But if the priest finds no white hair on the
affected area and the problem appears to be no more than ­skin-­deep and
has faded, the priest must quarantine the person for seven days. If during
that time the affected area spreads on the skin, the priest must pronounce
the person ceremonially unclean, because it is a serious disease. But if the
area grows no larger and does not spread, it is merely the scar from the boil,
and the priest will pronounce the person ceremonially clean.
“If anyone has suffered a burn on the skin and the burned area changes
color, becoming either reddish white or shiny white, the priest must examine it. If he finds that the hair in the affected area has turned white and
the problem appears to be more than s­ kin-­deep, a skin disease has broken
out in the burn. The priest must then pronounce the person ceremonially
unclean, for it is clearly a serious skin disease. But if the priest finds no
white hair on the affected area and the problem appears to be no more





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