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Holman Bible Dictionary

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Hebrew - itch

A skin disorder characterized by an irritating sensation in the upper surface of the skin. The itch included among the curses on those unfaithful to the covenant (Deuteronomy 28:27) was possibly eczema or prurigo. NIV, NRSV use itch to distinguish a minor skin disorder from leprosy (Leviticus 13:30-37). The KJV termed this disorder “scall,” a malady characterized by dry scales or scabs. Other translations rendered this disorder “infection” (NAS), “scale” (REB), or “sore” (TEV). It has been suggested that alopecia areata, which produces patches of baldness (compare Leviticus 13:40-41), or ringworms are the cause of this disorder. Animals suffering from a skin disorder were unsuitable for sacrifice (Leviticus 22:22). English translators divide over the nature of this disorder: eczema (NAS), itch (NRSV), scab (REB), scurvy (KJV), skin eruption (TEV). See Diseases, Treatment of.

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

Bibliography Information
Butler, Trent C. Editor.. "Entry for 'ITCH'". "Holman Bible Dictionary".
<>. 1991.


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