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New Test Leper
"Test" here is presumably short for "Testament", as in the New Testament, the second half of the Bible, which discusses the life and teachings of Jesus. But perhaps also a "test leper" as a sort of "test case" (a representative case whose outcome is likely to serve as a precedent). [Chris Piuma]

"'Judge not lest ye be judged.'"
Jesus says this in Matthew 7:1 -- see also Matthew 8:1-4, where Jesus cures a leper. [Chris Piuma]

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