Sanitary Practices

“You shall also have a place outside the camp and go out there, and you shall have a spade among your tools, and it shall be when you sit down outside, you shall dig with it and shall turn tocover up your excrement.”                                                                                  – Deuteronomy 23: 12 – 13

sanitary-practices

√ Image Source (Ebers Papyrus): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ebers_Papyrus

1.  I am sure that if I was teaching this to a grade school class, there would be a bunch of giggles and snickering in the audience

2.  The fact is that the Bible was light years ahead of the world in its understanding of proper sanitary practices

3.  The Scripture speaks about going to the bathroom outside of the camp and covering up the refuse

4.  Compare this with the medical practices of the most advanced society in the world in the 15th Century BC (when Moses is writing), namely Egypt

  • We know from the Ebers Papyrus, a collection of Egyptian medical remedies dating from just before the time of Moses, that the Egyptians actually believed excrement was beneficial and often applied it to wounds
  • Some 55 of the somewhere between 700 and 800 remedies / prescriptions described involve the use of excrement or urine

√ Source: http://books.google.com/books?id=3OWU1wnOy84C&pg=PA17&lpg=PA17&dq=ebers+papyrus+%2B+excrement&source=bl&ots=–8oUXv3Fy&sig=0_T5HCc2MWSEtJtemxhen7LU4nc&hl=en&sa=X&ei=nEEDUManNuTM6wGClq3dBg&ved=0CEQQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=ebers%20papyrus%20%2B%20excrement&f=false
√ Source: See Stanley Finger’s Minds Behind The Brain: A History Of The Pioneers And Their Discoveries
√ Source: http://bible.ucg.org/bible-commentary/Leviticus/Laws-concerning-leprosy/default.aspx
√ Source: http://suite101.com/article/the-ebers-papyrus-of-ancient-egypt-a76669
√ Source: http://writersforensicsblog.wordpress.com/2010/08/08/qa-what-medical-treatments-for-pain-and-injury-were-available-in-ancient-egypt/
√ Source: http://www.hennapage.com/henna/encyclopedia/medical/ebers.html
√ Source: http://students.cis.uab.edu/snow4312/project/Egyptian.html

3.  Arturo Castiglione was an Italian born American medical historian and a professor at Yale

  • He said this of the passage in Deuteronomy: “The regulations in Deuteronomy as to how soldiers should prevent the danger of infection coming from their excrement by covering it with earth constitute a most important document of sanitary legislation.” (see Arturo Castiglione, History of Medicine)

√ Source: http://creationwiki.org/Bible_scientific_foreknowledge#cite_ref-Castiglioni2_33-0