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Ancient Medicine
In case of emergency, contact your local prophet
When an ancient Israelite got a raging bellyache, what did she do? Where could she—or he—go for help?
According to one recent scholarly study, the answer to the first question was “nothing”; to the second “nowhere”:
“In general a sick person had virtually no aids at his disposal worth mentioning, no physicians in the real sense, and no knowledge of medicine…In general he had access to no really recognized or tolerated healing procedures or practices including no ritualistic incantations or exorcism-related manipulations.”1

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