Deleterious Mold

“On the seventh day the priest shall return to inspect the house. If the mildew has spread on the walls, he is to order that the contaminated stones be torn out and thrown into an unclean place outside the town. He must have all the inside walls of the house scraped and the material that is scraped off dumped into an unclean place outside the town. Then they are to take other stones to replace these and take new clay and plaster the house.
“If the mildew reappears in the house after the stones have been torn out and the house scraped and plastered, the priest is to go and examine it and, if the mildew has spread in the house, it is a destructive mildew; the house is unclean. It must be torn down–its stones, timbers and all the plaster–and taken out of the town to an unclean place.
“Anyone who goes into the house while it is closed up will be unclean till evening. Anyone who sleeps or eats in the house must wash his clothes.
“But if the priest comes to examine it and the mildew has not spread after the house has been plastered, he shall pronounce the house clean, because the mildew is gone.”  – Leviticus 14: 39 – 48

1.  The Bible uses the term “leprosy” for several diseases – not all of which have been identified with certainty

  • The term translated “mildew” or “mold” here in several versions, is called a “plague” or even “leprosy” in other versions

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2.  Science has certainly confirmed in recent years that there are molds and mildews that have a negative impact on people’s health

  • The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has done several studies connecting mold with serious health issues

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