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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author van Eeden, Fay Clare
URN etd-04162010-172304
Document Title Illness and health care in ancient Israel : the role of the social-cultural context in interpreting 2 Chronicles 26:11-23
Degree Master of Arts
Department Ancient Languages
Supervisor
Advisor Name Title
Prof G T M Prinsloo Supervisor
Keywords
  • tempel
  • siekte
  • honour
  • shame
  • illness
  • health care
  • leprosy
  • ancient Israel
  • temple
  • social values
  • purity
  • impurity
  • melaatsheid
  • gesondheidssorg
  • antieke Israel
  • onrein
  • sosiale waardes
  • reinheid
  • eer
  • skaamte
Date 2009-09-01
Availability unrestricted
Abstract

Understanding illness and health care in the ancient world, and especially within ancient Israel, is not an easy undertaking. Most of the research done on Israelite health care focuses on the identification of disease rather than their sociological implications. This study hypothesises that to truly understand ancient Israelís thoughts on illness and health care it is important to take the wider social context, in which a sick person would have found himself, into account. This study analyses the illness of King Uzziah (2 Chronicles 26:11-23) against the backdrop of the ancient Near Eastís understanding of illness and health care, Israelís view of Yahwehís role in illness, as well as the interwovenness between illness and the social values of honour and shame. The notions of purity and impurity and the role they played in Israelís understanding of illness, as well as the role of the temple and other consultative options are also taken into account in the study. In so doing the study intends to shed some light on the interwovenness between illness and social values in ancient Israel and thus enabling a better understanding of 2 Chronicles 26:11-23 and illness and health care in ancient Israel.

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Please cite as follows:

Van Eeden, FC 2008, Illness and health care in ancient Israel : the role of the social-cultural context in interpreting 2 Chronicles 26:11-23, MA dissertation, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd < http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-04162010-172304/ >

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