By Gerald Gruman MD PhD
Textual content examines attitudes towards sturdiness and loss of life in Islamic and chinese language societies in addition to in Western civilizations. offers an realizing of the origins of medication, own hygiene and public future health, and the underlying mental and social concerns surrounding getting older. Softcover.
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80 Some of these problems of ancient Judaism are brought to the fore in the story of Job, the righteous man who feels that he has been afflicted unfairly with the ills and misfortunes of the world. After a series of beautiful and moving passages in which Job laments the condition of man, the Lord appears and states very forcefully the immense disparity between the puniness of man and the omnipotence of God. Job then confesses his utter insignificance and repents in dust and ashes. And after this Job lived a hundred and forty years, and saw his son, and his sons' sons, four generations.
12 From a literal interpretation of Old Testament chronology, support might be drawn for either apologism or meliorism. To some, the decrease in man's life span from above nine hundred to one hundred twenty years in Génesis (6: 3) and to seventy or eighty years in Psalms (90: 10) seemed an unmistakable indication that God's will was to shorten rather than lengthen earthly life. However, an unorthodox thinker like Roger Bacon was able to find inspiration in the long lives of the ancients. 13 Although the age of gold usually was placed in the remote past, the idea was so attractive that it reappeared in other forms.
79 Without any clear belief in human progress, and lacking a compelling scheme of supernatural salvation, the ancient Hebrews sometimes gave way to severe pessimism. Thou dost sweep men away; they are like a dream, like grass which is renewed in the morning; in the morning it flourishes and is renewed; in the evening it fades and withers. . 80 Some of these problems of ancient Judaism are brought to the fore in the story of Job, the righteous man who feels that he has been afflicted unfairly with the ills and misfortunes of the world.