The Principles of Quarantine

We take so much knowledge for granted. Too often we assume that what we understand from our twenty-first centurary perspective as self evident, has historically been known. The principles of Quarantine is an example of this. Historically modern scinece didn’t understand them until around 1500 AD.

Historic records tell us that when the Black Plaque was killing much of Europe, desperate nations turned to the church for guidance. Returning to the Old Testament laws, they instituted principles practiced by the Israelites for dealing with diseases like leprosy, for handling the dead and waste disposal.
1500 AD
“Those who suffer from a serious skin disease must tear their clothing and leave their hair uncombed. They must cover their mouth and call out, ‘Unclean! Unclean!’ As long as the serious disease lasts, they will be ceremonially unclean. They must live in isolation in their place outside the camp…”
Leviticus 13:45-46 (NLT) 1400 BC

It is amazing that almost three thousand years before modern society recognised and adopted the practices of quaratine, Israel had embraced them. How did they know about this? Their writings state that it was by divine instruction. These writings are authenticated as being from 1400 BC. This once again is an example of the finger prints of the divine author of the Biblical writings.