‘Psychoanalysing’ the different forms of ‘scale disease’ dealt with in Leviticus 13–14 can shed
some light on the way the skin can be interpreted in this context. The eight psychic functions
of the skin identified by Anzieu reveal how individuals meet collective anxieties on the surface
of the skin where unconscious conflicts about identity boundaries are projected and inscribed.
INTRADISCIPLINARY AND/OR INTERDISCIPLINARY IMPLICATIONS : Traditionally there has been a tension
between psychology and religion, due to the Freudian critique of religion. This research
intends to show that a deeper understanding of religion leading hopefully to an even deeper
religiosity can be achieved by studying bodily features portrayed in a (religious) text from a