Wikopedia goes on to say, “The Talmud, and the majority of historic Jewish literature in general, regards tzaraath as a punishment for sin; it lists seven possible causes fortzaraath:
- an evil tongue (malicious gossip)
- a vain oath
- illicit sexual intercourse
- miserly behavior”
We do not know whether the priests really believed that there was a causal relation between our actions and our skin conditions, or whether this was a means to get us to behave. Did it work? How might have we behaved if there was not a lesson to be learned from bad behavior.