A Physician
Any medical practitioner diagnosing and treating illnesses.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Physician [Heb. part of rāp̱āʾ—‘heal’; Gk. iatrós]; NEB also “stitching” (Job 13:4), DOCTOR. The earliest practitioners of the healing arts appear to have been priest-physicians. The Sumerian priest-physicians employed largely empirical methods and frequently utilized psychological suggestion in
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
PHYSICIAN One trained in medicine. The physician tended to and repaired wounds and administered medicines to the sick. In early Israel the diagnosis and treatment of sick people was officially the concern of the priests, although many nonprofessional people practiced the healing art in the small towns
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
physicians. The primary term for a professional healer in the Hebrew Bible is rophe’, a word that the nrsv translates “physician” in four passages. None of these inspire or encourage confidence in the physician’s abilities to assist the sick. In Gen. 50:2, the physicians in question are being employed
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
PHYSICIAN. The exclamation “Physician, heal yourself!” (Luke 4:23) was delivered by Jesus as part of a rebuke of the worshipers at the synagogue in Nazareth and represented what those worshipers wanted to say to Him. In earlier quoting Isa. 61:1 and applying it to Himself, Jesus had implied both that
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
PhysicianAsa, afflicted with some bodily malady, “sought not to the Lord but to the physicians” (2 Chr. 16:12). The “physicians” were those who “practised heathen arts of magic, disavowing recognized methods of cure, and dissociating the healing art from dependence on the God of Israel. The sin of Asa
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Physiciansphysicians, those healing illnesses by profession. The ot text does not provide a representative sample of the illnesses and therapies obtaining in ancient Israel. The physician healer (Heb. rofe’, ‘healer,’ Jer. 8:22; 2 Chron. 16:12) and midwife (e.g., Gen. 35:17; 38:28; Exod. 1:15–22 [following
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
PHYSICIAN — a person skilled in the art of healing the sick. Both the Old and New Testaments frequently mention the curing of ailments, but specific details about how this was done are few.In the ancient world, primitive medical practices were performed by magicians or priests. This was especially true
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
PHYSICIAN<fi-zish’-an> ([רפֵא, rophi]; [ἰατρός, iatros]): To the pious Jew at all times God was the healer (Deuteronomy 32:39): “It was neither herb nor mollifying plaister that cured them, but thy word, O Lord, which healeth all things” (The Wisdom of Solomon 16:12). The first physicians mentioned
Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
Physician. The Beloved Physician. Lucius, supposed to be St. Luke, the evangelist (Col. 4:14).The Prince of Physicians. Avicenna, the Arabian (980–1037).
The Westminster Bible Dictionary
Phy-siʹcian. For the region of the Mediterranean basin Egypt was the earliest home of medical skill. Every Egyptian mummy of the more expensive and elaborate sort involved a process of anatomy; hence “the physicians embalmed Israel” (Gen. 50:2). In Egypt the Hebrews acquired, most probably, some knowledge
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 4, M–P
physician. A person skilled in the art of healing (see also disease; medicine). Perhaps the earliest recorded physician in history was Imhotep of Egypt. He lived and practiced medicine c. 3000 b.c., and was so highly regarded by the Egyptians that they worshiped him as a god. The early Egyptian physicians