In OT times there were professional healers in Palestine but they were not well regarded (Job 13:4), even in the 1st cent. CE (Mark 5:26). But Ecclus.=Sir. 38:1 ff. urged respect for their services, so that it was not sarcastic to call Luke a ‘beloved physician’ in Col. 4:14, and Luke has traditionally been held to be the author of the third gospel and the Acts.

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