physicians

physicians

Those healing illnesses by profession. The OT makes reference to healers (Jer 8:22; 2Chr 16:12) and midwives (Gen 35:17; Gen 38:28; Exod 1:15-22). In addition, priests and prophets or miracle workers (1Kgs 17:17-24; 2Kgs 4:14-37; 2Kgs 4:5) are shown providing medical services; prophets (Isa 38; 2Kgs 20:1-11) and patriarchs (Gen 20:7; Gen 17-18:7) at times served as intermediaries between God and king on the occasion of illness. Practical aids included bandages, salves, poultices, and bone setting (Isa 1:6; Jer 8:22; Ezek 34:4; Ezek 34:16). In the NT, many healing miracles are reported of Jesus (Matt 8:1-4; Mark 5:1-20; Luke 13:10-13; John 9:1-7), but the term “physician” is applied to him only in a metaphorical sense (Mark 2:7). Jesus assumed that healing activity would also characterize his followers (Mark 6:13; Acts 3:1-8; Acts 14:8-10), but again, the title “physician” is never applied to them. Physicians were known in the NT world, however, even if their skills were not always held in high esteem (Mark 5:26). A physician named Luke, whom tradition has identified as the author of the Third Gospel, is mentioned as a companion of Paul (Col 4:14).

Jer 8:22

22Is there no balm in Gilead?
Is there no physician there?
Why then has the health of my poor people
not been restored?

2Chr 16:12

12In the thirty-ninth year of his reign Asa was diseased in his feet, and his disease became severe; yet even in his disease he did not seek the Lord, but sough ... View more

Gen 35:17

17When she was in her hard labor, the midwife said to her, “Do not be afraid; for now you will have another son.”

Gen 38:28

28While she was in labor, one put out a hand; and the midwife took and bound on his hand a crimson thread, saying, “This one came out first.”

Exod 1:15-22

15The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was named Shiphrah and the other Puah,16“When you act as midwives to the Hebrew women, and see them ... View more

1Kgs 17:17-24

Elijah Revives the Widow's Son
17After this the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, became ill; his illness was so severe that there was no breath left ... View more

2Kgs 4:14-37

14He said, “What then may be done for her?” Gehazi answered, “Well, she has no son, and her husband is old.”15He said, “Call her.” When he had called her, she s ... View more

2Kgs 4:5

5So she left him and shut the door behind her and her children; they kept bringing vessels to her, and she kept pouring.

Isa 38

Hezekiah's Illness
1In those days Hezekiah became sick and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz came to him, and said to him, “Thus says th ... View more

2Kgs 20:1-11

Hezekiah's Illness
1In those days Hezekiah became sick and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz came to him, and said to him, “Thus says th ... View more

Gen 20:7

7Now then, return the man's wife; for he is a prophet, and he will pray for you and you shall live. But if you do not restore her, know that you shall surely di ... View more

Gen 17-18:7

The Sign of the Covenant
1When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameles ... View more

Isa 1:6

6From the sole of the foot even to the head,
there is no soundness in it,
but bruises and sores
and bleeding wounds;
they have not been drained, or bound up,
or ... View more

Jer 8:22

22Is there no balm in Gilead?
Is there no physician there?
Why then has the health of my poor people
not been restored?

Ezek 34:4

4You have not strengthened the weak, you have not healed the sick, you have not bound up the injured, you have not brought back the strayed, you have not sought ... View more

Ezek 34:16

16I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, but the fat and the strong I will des ... View more

Matt 8:1-4

Jesus Cleanses a Leper
1When Jesus had come down from the mountain, great crowds followed him;2and there was a leper who came to him and knelt before him, sayin ... View more

Mark 5:1-20

Jesus Heals the Gerasene Demoniac
1They came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gerasenes.2And when he had stepped out of the boat, immediately ... View more

Luke 13:10-13

Jesus Heals a Crippled Woman
10Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath.11And just then there appeared a woman with a spirit that had cripple ... View more

John 9:1-7

A Man Born Blind Receives Sight
1As he walked along, he saw a man blind from birth.2His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that h ... View more

Mark 2:7

7“Why does this fellow speak in this way? It is blasphemy! Who can forgive sins but God alone?”

Mark 6:13

13They cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.

Acts 3:1-8

Peter Heals a Crippled Beggar
1One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, at three o'clock in the afternoon.2And a man lame from ... View more

Acts 14:8-10

Paul and Barnabas in Lystra and Derbe
8In Lystra there was a man sitting who could not use his feet and had never walked, for he had been crippled from birth.9H ... View more

Mark 5:26

26She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse.

Col 4:14

14Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas greet you.

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