Vv 12-14: "One has but to read the Bible carefully and
thoughtfully to conclude that the wisdom expressed therein regarding health,
hygiene and sanitation form the groundwork of today's public health rules. As
one closes the book he must realise that these biblical rules on health and
hygiene were far in advance of, and superior to, any which then existed in the
world. Many of these hygienic precepts have been little improved upon to this
day, and are as worth following now as when they were first promulgated" (Wain,
"History of Preventive Medicine", 1970).
"Moses has been characterised as the greatest sanitary
engineer that the world has ever seen. His doctrines laid down in that fine
treatise on hygiene, the book of Leviticus, could be summed up by the objects of
sanitation today -- pure food, pure water, pure air, pure bodies, and pure
dwellings" (RH Major, "A History of Medicine", 1954).
"Recently medical historians have become sceptical about these
sorts of conclusions made by an earlier more God-fearing generation. It has been
pointed out that the reasons given for keeping the 'sanitary' rules are
explicitly to do with religion and not health. This is indeed the case, but it
makes the insights all the more remarkable. How was it possible that an overtly
religious code could, as it were in passing, capture such fundamental insights,
essential for the health of a huge and mobile 'refugee' camp?" (SP, Tes
EXCREMENT: Lit, "that which comes out". Cp Mar
7:15,20,21 and Mat 15:18,19 -- where sin is equated with excrement.