SOAS University of London

Department of Religions & Philosophies, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

Forget about Galen? Talmudic Medicine in Context

Prof. Mark Geller, University College London and Paris Institute of Advanced Studies

Date: 13 January 2021Time: 6:00 PM

Finishes: 13 January 2021Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Virtual Event

Type of Event: Webinar

The lecture will investigate to what extent rabbis of the Babylonian Talmud were familiar with the medicine of their era, as a reflection of larger questions regarding the extent of penetration of Hellenistic science into Babylonia.  Medicine serves as a useful barometer for the level of general scientific knowledge. Talmudic medicine can be used as a test to determine whether Babylonian rabbis were influenced by the medical writings of authorities such as Hippocrates or Galen, as is often assumed to be the case, or whether Talmudic medicine reflects other inspirations.

Mark Geller is Jewish Chronicle Professor of Jewish Studies at University College London since 1976. He is an expert on Semitic languages, including Aramaic, Akkadian, Sumerian, Ugaritic, and Arabic, and on the Babylonian Talmud. In 2005-6 he received a grant from the Wellcome Trust to work on ancient Babylonian medicine and is now working on a book on Ancient Jewish Medicine.

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