Rashes and baldness (Lev 13:38-13:44)

“When a man or a woman has spots on the skin of the body, white spots, the priest shall make an examination.  If the spots on the skin of the body are of a dull white, it is a rash that has broken out in the skin.  He is clean.  If anyone loses the hair from his head, he is bald but he is clean.  If he loses the hair from his forehead and temples, he has baldness of the forehead but he is clean.  But if there is on the bald head or the bald forehead a reddish-white diseased spot, it is a leprous disease breaking out on his bald head or his bald forehead.  Then the priest shall examine him.  If the diseased swelling is reddish-white on his bald head or on his bald forehead, which resembles a leprous disease in the skin of the body, he is a leprous.  He is unclean.  The priest shall pronounce him unclean.  The disease is on his head.”

If a man or woman has dull white spots on their skin, it is a rash that is clean. The same is true of baldness on the forehead and temples.  Being bald does not make you unclean.  An ordinary rash and baldness are not a problem.  However, if there is a reddish-white swelling on the bald head, it is leprous and unclean.  The priest, who is the medical person, shall make the decision about clean and unclean.

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