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IV. The healing of the lepers

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Those who were healed by Jesus also included a number of lepers. The Synoptists refer to a surprising ease, whilst Luke separately reports the healing of ten lepers. It is striking that the fourth Gospel makes no reference to the healing of lepers, whilst there is nothing more said about these patients in the other books of the New Testament either. Leprosy is the only disease to which very special attention is devoted in the Old Testament with reference to ritual life. When Moses put his hand into his bosom the first time, it became "leprous as snow" and when he repeated this action, it once again became: "as his other flesh". Not only Israel but also the old civilized nations had to contend with the dreaded disease of leprosy. In Jesus' mercy to all the Kingdom of God manifests itself as the salvation of the whole world.

Keywords: Gospel; Israel; Jesus; Kingdom of God; lepers; New Testament; Old Testament; Synoptists

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