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Medicine in the Bible
Wed 22 March 2017, 18:00 – 20:00 GMT
Lecture by Mark Geller
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.
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J.Z. Young lecture theatre, Anatomy Building
University College London, Gower Street