Disease and Healing in a Changing World: 'Medical' Vocabulary and the Woman with the 'Issue of Blood' in the Vetus Latina Mark 5:25–34 and Luke 8:40–48 - 10.1628/219944617X15008820103414 - Mohr Siebeck
Religious Studies

Annette Weissenrieder

Disease and Healing in a Changing World: 'Medical' Vocabulary and the Woman with the 'Issue of Blood' in the Vetus Latina Mark 5:25–34 and Luke 8:40–48

Volume 3 () / Issue 2, pp. 265-285 (21)

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The Vetus Latina, or 'Old Latin Bible,' comprises a diverse collection of Latin biblical texts which encompasses unauthorised versions of the Bible translated into Latin. These Old Latin manuscripts reflect the early struggle for a 'proper' understanding of biblical texts, which is interesting for the healing stories of 'female patients' like the woman with 'the issue of blood'. This paper argues that parallel to the spread of medical knowledge beyond medical circles, medical designations arise, some similar to, some strikingly different from, those current in medical discourses. The Vetus Latina 'Afra' and 'European' text tradition avoid all references to uncleanness for Mark 5:25–34 and Luke 8:40–48: In the Markan narrative, however, the manuscripts condense the medical nomenclature of illness in a medical correct manner, which is not seen consistently in Luke 8:40–48.
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Annette Weissenrieder Born 1967; associate professor of New Testament at San Francisco Theological Seminary and the Graduate Theological Union; Dr. theol. (University of Heidelberg); 2014–15 associated fellow at the Max Weber Kolleg for Advanced Studies; visiting scholar at Union Theological Seminary in New York, McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Harvard Divinity School and guest professor at the University of Freiburg.