An army officer under Benhadad of Syria who had contracted leprosy and heard from an Israelite slave‐girl about the miraculous powers of the prophet Elisha. Naaman was sent by his king to Samaria with a letter to the king of Israel (apparently then a vassal of Syria). Elisha ordered Naaman to wash in the River Jordan, and he was cured. Naaman then vowed to worship Yahweh and, in the belief that a god could only be worshipped on his own soil, carried back two mule‐loads of Israelite soil (2 Kgs. 5) to Syria.