Paqid Yirmeyahu
historical, logical, archeological, scientific Tanakh Halakhah

In Situ (Historic-scientific context= reality): Mᵊtzōr•âꞋ

Tzâ•raꞋat was not leprosy!


Like other pâ•râsh•ōtꞋ, the title is taken from the first line; a מְּצֹרָע (mᵊtzōr•âꞋ) is: “one who has צָרַעַת (tzâ•raꞋat), not a leper.”

Confusing tzâ•raꞋat with leprosy is primarily due to Hellenizing; namely, the rendering of the Hellenist perception in LXX as λεπρα (lepra, from lepros; leprosy).

“R’ Hirsch demonstrates at length and conclusively that ‘[equating tzâ•raꞋat to leprosy is] completely erroneous. Very briefly, he shows that the symptoms of tzâ•raꞋat, as outlined in [this week’s portion ], are far different than those of leprosy” (“Vayikra [sic],” Artscroll).

The symptoms given in Tanakh do not match leprosy.

“By modern scientific standards, the descriptions of tzâ•raꞋat indicate more than one type of affliction… Tzâ•raꞋat derives from the verb צֹרַע, which, in turn, parallels the Arabic “sara’a, (= he threw to the ground, threw down), sar` (= epilepsy), [and Old South Arabic] צרע(= to throw down, humiliate)” (Klein’s Etymological Dictionary for Readers of English, p.557).

“This malady periodically threw the victim to the ground, was often triggered by flickering light – as from a fire – and, if not rescued quickly from the fire, resulted in burn injuries that can resemble the symptoms of leprosy, yet from an entirely unrelated cause. Photos are too gruesome to include here, but readers who wish can Google photos of leprosy and burn victims.”

About the Author
Paqid Yirmᵊyahu (Ben-​David), Orthodox Jew & 16th Paqid of the Nᵊtzarim, dedicated to the historical, logical, archeological, scientific interpretations of Tanakh; B.Sc.B.A. (UF) and Master's work in computer science (artificial intelligence and knowledge based networks, UCF); former intelligence analyst (USAF); made aliya with his wife, Karen, (Law of Re­turn '85), served in the IDF (despite being age-exempt) and Israel Police Reserves, belonged to Or­thodox Yemenite syna­gogue 10 yrs in Ra'anana where they live today. In addition to the sole Netzarim website (, his commentaries have been published in magazines and newspapers from the Orlando Sentinel and Toronto Mensa to The Jerusalem Post, Times of Israel and Ynet. He has also authored many books available in the Netzarim website or Amazon; including: Who Are The Netzarim?, Atonement Under the Biblical 'New Covenant', The Netzarim Reconstruction of Hebrew Matityahu (NHM), The 1993 Covenant (of Daniel 9.27), Pishtah Kheihah (The Flickering-out Remnant, Yᵊshayahu 42.3) and The Mirrored Sphinxes (revealing Moses' Egyptian Pharaonic secret knowledge & symbolism for prayer and relating to the Divinity).
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