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TXT: Isn’t leprosy contagious?

Question: If leprosy is contagious, then how was Namaan around people?

Answer: Leprosy is contagious and the laws in Israel strictly regulated lepers so that they were kept away from non-lepers. Naaman was a Syrian though, so it may be that they did not have the same kind of strict rules about leprosy. Also, it says in I Kings 5:1 that Naaman had great favor with the king of Syria because he was a successful military commander, so that may have kept him from being mistreated for his leprosy.

Author: Erick Cobb

Erick serves in leadership at Covenant Grace Church, having previously led FBC's college ministry.

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