The disease known today as ‘leprosy’ with its ulceration and paralysis was not the ‘leprosy’ of the Bible, which was rather a skin complaint (as with Naaman, 2 Kgs. 5) possibly connected with an emotional disturbance. Lepers in the Bible were tormented with greenish or reddish spots (Lev. 13: 49); the disease was held to be contagious, and the sufferer excluded from society. On recovery, purificatory rites had to be performed by a priest (Lev. 14: 2–20; Mark 1: 44). Jesus healed several lepers and visited Simon, a leper (Mark 14: 3) at Bethany, which may have been a leper colony.