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Is there such a thing as Medicine in the Bible?

Start: Mar 22, 2017 06:00 PM

Mark Geller

Wednesday March 22nd

In conjunction with the Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society 

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Was there ever such a thing as ‘medicine’ in the Bible? The identification of biblical ‘leprosy’ (Tzorat) has remained a perpetual problem for scholarship, since the ‘symptoms’ described in the Bible fit no modern patterns of illness, and certainly not leprosy or psoriasis. This lecture will view these passages from the point of view of contemporary medicine which is well documented in cuneiform tablets, to put biblical ‘medicine' into its proper context within ancient healing arts. Comparisons will show many of the descriptions of this condition in the Bible have parallels which cast light on the passages in Leviticus, so that these passages can take their proper place within the history of ancient medicine.

Mark Geller is Jewish Chronicle Professor and Director of the Institute of Jewish Studies in the Dept. of Hebrew and Jewish Studies at UCL. He is currently on secondment to the Freie UniversitaetBerlin, where he is Professor fuer Wissensgeschichte and Principal Investigator of a 5-year European Research Council Project “BabMed”, which investigates both cuneiform and Talmudic medicine. He has recently published books on ancient Babylonian medicine and on healing magic in ancient Mesopotamia and is currently working on medicine in the Babylonian Talmud.

Lecture 6.00pm at the J.Z. Young lecture theatre.

Followed by a reception in the foyer UCL Anatomy Building, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT (just south of UCL main entrance)


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For more events, see our Spring 2017 Public Lectures Programme.

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