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This volume focuses on our present knowledge of pharmaceuticals in the Biblical and Rabbinic world, a subject which has received little attention. Although many aspects of ancient Near Eastern cultural life have been studied thoroughly, no one has dealt with the pharmaceutical knowledge of this period.
The essays in this study deal with their themes in different ways. They thus provide the best current information on a particular subject. They also demonstrate various approaches which may prove fruitful for further investigation.
References in specialized studies and archeological field work have demonstrated that our knowledge in this area continues to grow. The fragmented and isolated nature of this material has led to it remaining unknown to those interested in the history of medicine, pharmacy, and horticulture. The authors have sought to fill this gap.

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Editorial Reviews

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'...should prove attractive to people who may not be professional students of the Bible but who have an interest in the biblical world.'
M. Maher, SOTS, 1994.
'...this book is...for its speculative approach and readability, a good introduction to the subject.'
Olver Kahl, Journal of Semitic Studies, 1995.
'This volume makes an important contribution to the discussion of ancient medicine by exploring Ancient Near Eastern and talmudic sources that often have received litte attention. As such, it will be welcomed by students and scholars interested in the subject of ancient medicine and will be suggestive for additional research on this subject.'
David B. Palmer, Religious Studies Review, 1995.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004096431
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/1/1993
  • Series: Studies in Ancient Medicine Series , #7
  • Pages: 126
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.78 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Irene Jacob is Director of the Rodef Shalom Biblical Botanical Garden and Education Coordinator of the Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburgh. Publications: Biblical Plants (1989); (with Walter Jacob:) Gardens of North America and Hawaii (1985); (with Walter Jacob:) 'Flora', Anchor Bible Dictionary (1992), and numerous monographs.
Walter Jacob is Rabbi of the Rodef Shalom Temple. Apart from the publications above he has written Our Biblical Heritage (1965), and numerous books and monographs in the field of Jewish studies.
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Table of Contents

Pharmacology and Dietetics in the Bible and Talmud 1
Medicinal Plants of the Bible - Another View 27
Drugs and Pharmaceuticals in Ancient Mesopotamia 47
Ancient Egyptian Pharmaceutical Plants and The Eastern Mediterranean 69
Ricinus Communis - The Miracle Tree through Four Thousand Years 81
Medicinal Drugs in the Works of Flavius Josephus 95
Asaph the Jew and Greco-Roman Pharmaceutics 107
Index of Materia Medica 121
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