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Leprosy: What Was It? 


Season 2: Episode 56
Leprosy: What Was It? 
Date Aired: 3/04/2024

The history doctor is in! Helen and Dave welcome Dr. Ricky Shinall—an MD with a PhD in biblical studies—to help us diagnose leprosy in the ancient world. Did biblical leprosy have anything to do with modern Hansen’s disease? Were lepers considered “untouchable” pariahs? And what does all of this have to do with ritual impurity? 

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  • The Biblical Time Machine Podcast is hosted by Helen Bond and Dave Roos. Helen Bond is professor of Christian origins at Edinburgh University. She is the author of Women Remembered: Jesus’s Female Disciples, The First Biography of Jesus: Genre and Meaning in Mark’s Gospel, and The Historical Jesus: A Guide for the Perplexed. Her research focuses on the social and political history of first century Judaea, the historical Jesus and the canonical gospels. Dave Roos is a journalist and writer who contributes to, HowStuffWorks and the popular podcast Stuff You Should Know. Dave has a degree in religious studies from Duke University.