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The next Freethinkers' Brieļ¬ng, held in coop- eration with the Lifelong Learning Academy (, will feature Marden Paru in a presentation titled Health and Medicine in the Bible, offering an overview of medical and health practices in the original Hebrew Bible, the Freethinkers has announced. The free program will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, April 25, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota, located at 3975 Fruitville Road in Sarasota. Among the questions Paru will address, a news release says, are the following: Did our ancestors get it right? Was early medicine "folk medicine" or science-based? Do ancient Israelite rituals prevent disease? Does modern medicine draw on early Biblical texts? Other remarks will focus on key elements of Biblical ethics pertaining to saving lives and Marden Paru/Contributed photo HEALTH AND MEDICINE IN THE BIBLE TO BE TOPIC OF BRIEFING RELIGION BRIEFS

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