(PRWEB) November 16, 2016
“Rophe: A Study of Medicine in the Bible”: an intriguing and thoughtful look at how illness was viewed and treated in the times of the Bible’s New and Old Testaments. “Rophe: A Study of Medicine in the Bible” is the creation of published author, Allan G. Cougle, M.D., a distinguished pediatric doctor and cardiologist, author, composer, proud father and grandfather.
Published by Christian Faith Publishing, Allan G. Cougle, M.D.’s new book explores the Old and New Testament views of medicine and physicians, and how they were opposite in many ways. According to most ancient interpretations of the Book of Deuteronomy, all misfortune, whether disease, calamity, etc. was a punishment from God for the commitment of some sin.
If illness was produced by God, then healing could only come directly from God, without the intervention of physicians and many times only through the priest. Many ancient theologians felt that physicians acted against God's will in trying to aid in healing. In fact, one writer in the Talmud says, in effect, that the best of physicians was destined to go to Hell, and the medical profession was counted among the seven professions who would not share in Heaven.
In spite of a rather low assessment of doctors, the ancient Jews were a healthy lot in large part due to dietary and sanitation laws. Contrast this with New Testament teaching. Indeed, Luke was the beloved physician and the writer of one of the Gospels. Jesus said, "It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick." Dietary laws were certainly relaxed under teaching of the New Testament.
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