People/Characters: Naaman of Syria

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Adara by Beatrice GormleyGeneral Naaman

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Naaman the Syrian: General of the Kingdom of Damascus. His story is told in 2 Kings 5, which seems to derive from a collection of miracle tales about the prophet Elisha. Naaman contracted a skin disease (described as leprosy), and the King of Damascus sent him to the King of Israel (unnamed, but a member of the dynasty of Jehu) demanding a cure. The king of course could not provide one, but Elisha told Naaman to wash seven times in the Jordan and be cleansed. Naaman at first hesitated, but was talked into doing it -- and was healed. He returned to Syria but thereafter reportedly followed the God of Israel. He is last mentioned in an incident in which Gehazi servant of Elisha takes a gift from him, against Elisha's orders; thereafter it is Gehazi, not Naaman, who suffers from leprosy.

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