Mental Illness in the Bible

The Psych Talk

In the bible, Mental illness is seen as a punishment by God for sinning. In the book of Deuteronomy Moses warns that if the people do not follow the commandments from god then ‘the Lord will smite you with madness’ (Deuteronomy 28:28).

One instance of this being carried out was with King Saul. King Saul ruled Israel 3000 years ago and was punished with madness after disobeying the orders of prophet Samuel. Another notable occurrence was with king Nebuchadnezzar. King Nebuchadnezzar II ruled ancient Babylon in 600 BC. He had displeased God by becoming too prideful in this rule. The book of Daniel predicted that he would be driven away from his kingdom and will suffer a humiliating period of madness where he would live with wild animals. This punishment could be referring to a psychological condition where the king believes he is an animal. The name for this is…

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