Next we deal with treating skin diseases and mould. It all sounds like voodoo to me. What distinguishes this stuff from witchcraft? Only the fact that it’s your own religion and not someone else’s. I keep hearing ‘double double, toil and trouble’ in my head when reading these passages.
Re verse 34 “When ye be come into the land of Canaan, which I give to you for a possession, and I put the plague of leprosy in a house of the land of your possession…” does anyone else think this is nuts? The almighty omnipotent god cannot manage to give the leader of his chosen people a decent house, free of disease???? And worse, admits to planting the disease there himself? The exact disease here is actually not defined. The Hebrew and KJV call it leprosy, but more modern translations (NLT and NIV) refer to mould or some sort of infection. Mould makes more sense given that subsequent verses describe red or green growths on the walls. Verses 36-48 also appear to be a reasonable way to deal with mould. But then verse 49 goes back to the voodoo.
I just don’t want to touch this chapter. It’s making me squirm. I’ll just quote Edward Falzon
“When a person leaks goo – Welcome to what may be the most disgusting chapter in the whole book. Only a gross perv like Moses could be so explicit and descriptive about bodily fluids. Let’s just get through it, shall we?”