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A Leper Cured



(1) GEger 2b [35-47]
(2a) Mark 1:40-45 = Matt 8:1-4 = Luke 5:12-16
(2b) Luke 17:11-19



(1) GEger 2b [35-47]

/1/ Just then a leper comes up to him and says, "Teacher, Jesus, in wandering around with lepers and eating with them in the inn, I became a leper myself. /2/ If you want to, I'll be made clean." /3/ The master said to him, "Okay-you're clean!" And at once his leprosy vanished from him. /4/ Jesus says to him, "Go and have the priests examine <your skin>. Then offer your cleansing what Moses commanded-and no more sinning." [ . . . ] [Complete Gospels]


(2) Synoptic Gospels

(a) Mark 1:40-45 = Matt 8:1-4 = Luke 5:12-16

/40/ A leper came to him begging him, and kneeling he said to him, "If you choose, you can make me clean." /41/ Moved with pity, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, and said to him, "I do choose. Be made clean!" /42 / Immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean. /43/ After sternly warning him he sent him away at once, /44/ saying to him, "See that you say nothing to anyone; but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, as a testimony to them." /45/ But he went out and began to proclaim it freely, and to spread the word, so that Jesus could no longer go into a town openly, but stayed out in the country; and people came to him from every quarter.

=Matt 8:1-4
/1/When Jesus had come down from the mountain, great crowds followed him; /2 / and there was a leper who came to him and knelt before him, saying, "Lord, if you choose, you can make me clean." /3 / He stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, "I do choose. Be made clean!" Immediately his leprosy was cleansed. /4 / Then Jesus said to him, "See that you say nothing to anyone; but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them."

=Luke 5:12-16
/12/ Once, when he was in one of the cities, there was a man covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he bowed with his face to the ground and begged him, "Lord, if you choose, you can make me clean." /13/ Then Jesus stretched out his hand, touched him, and said, "I do choose. Be made clean." Immediately the leprosy left him. /14/ And he ordered him to tell no one. "Go," he said, "and show yourself to the priest, and, as Moses commanded, make an offering for your cleansing, for a testimony to them." /15/ But now more than ever the word about Jesus spread abroad; many crowds would gather to hear him and to be cured of their diseases. /16/ But he would withdraw to deserted places and pray.

(b) Luke 17:11-19

/11/ On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. /12/ As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, /13/ they called out, saying, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!" /14/ When he saw them, he said to them, "Go and show yourselves to the priests." And as they went, they were made clean. /15/ Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. /16/ He prostrated himself at Jesus' feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan. /17/ Then Jesus asked, "Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? /18/ Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?" /19/ Then he said to him, "Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well."




Relevant Texts in Hebrew Scriptures

Leviticus 13:2-17
/2/ When a person has on the skin of his body a swelling or an eruption or a spot, and it turns into a leprous disease on the skin of his body, he shall be brought to Aaron the priest or to one of his sons the priests. /3/ The priest shall examine the disease on the skin of his body, and if it is a leprous disease; after the priest has examined him he shall pronounce him ceremonially unclean. ... /17/ the priest shall examine him, and if the disease has turned white, the priest shall pronounce the diseased person clean. He is clean.

Deuteronomy. 24:8-9
/8/ Guard against an outbreak of a leprous skin disease by being very careful; you shall carefully observe whatever the levitical priests instruct you, just as I have commanded them. /9/ Remember what the LORD your God did to Miriam on your journey out of Egypt.

cf. Numbers 12:1-15 (Miriam's leprosy)



RCL: Year B, Epiphany 6
ECUSA & RC: Year
B, Ordinary Sunday 6


John Dominic Crossan

Item: 110
Stratum: I (30-60 CE)


Jesus Seminar

NB: The JS voted the words of Jesus BLACK at 90Cin session, but later voted the core event PINK.



JS Mtg





W Avg

 GEger 2:1-4  

GEger, Mark


 Mark 1:40-45  


 Matt 8:1-4  


 Luke 5:12-16  


 Luke 10:11-19  495





John P. Meier

Meier accepts that Jesus claimed to heal lepers and was thought by others to have done so, but is unable to offer a judgment on the historicity of the particular accounts in the gospels. [Marginal Jew II,700-701 & 706]


Muslim Jesus Traditions

Tarif Khalidi [The Muslim Jesus] provides the following tradition relevant to this cluster.

/225/ It is related that Jesus passed by a man who was blind, leprous, crippled, paralyzed on both sides of his body, and mutilated with lesions from leprosy. the man was saying, "Praise be to God, who healed me from what he has inflicted upon so many of his creatures." Jesus asked him, "You there—what kind of affliction can I see that has not been visited upon you?" The man replied, "Spirit of God, I am better than him in whose heart God has not planted the share of His knowledge that He has planted in mine." "You have spoken truly," said Jesus, "Give me your hand." The man stretched forth his hand—and behold, his face and form were transformed into the fairest and most comely, for God had cured him of his affliction. Thereafter, he accompanied Jesus and worshipped with him. [early 12C CE]



This poem originated as a contribution to the HODOS online community by Gene Stecher. It is published with Gene's consent but he explicitly retains full rights as the creative author. You welcome to use it for personal study and worship, but it should not be published in any other form without the author's prior consent. Index to Gene Stecher's poems


Trust was the precursor of good fortune,

I'm knocking, but it's your call, Jesus!

You can do it!

"Don't crowd me man!"

Mark's Jesus resented the intrusion [or

was full of pity],

who cares?

Just release me from my misery.

Unlike the scribes,

he has more than regurgitation authority (1:22)

Unlike the priests,

he has more than skin examination authority.


Mark's Jesus was definitely in a bad mood,

snorting and casting out

sternly warning and sending away

snaping at and curtly dismissing.

Not a very nice guy.

Deferring to skin examiner approval will do that.


Look! Look! Look! Everyone,

Jesus did it, Jesus did it, Jesus did it.

Echos of envy in the temple, plot hatching.

the thud of overturned tables,

exhortations of no stone left,

snorts, screams, and curtain ripping.


Better stay out in the country for awhile.


This prose poem recognizes the translation and textual ambiguities of this particular passage (1:41,43) as reflected, for example, in the NRSV and SV versions. The "snorting/casting" possibility comes from Perkins, Gospel of Mark: New Interpreters' Bible, 1995.


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