Book Review

The Physically Disabled in Ancient Israel According to the Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern Sources

  • Dave Deuel, Ph.D.
Keywords: book review, Old Testament, Ancient Near East, physically disabled, disability and old testament


THE PHYSICALLY DISABLED IN ANCIENT ISRAEL ACCORDING TO THE OLD TESTAMENT AND ANCIENT NEAR EASTERN SOURCES by Michael D. Fiorello. Paternoster Biblical Monographs (Bucks, UK: Paternoster Press, 2014). 225 pages. Paperback. ISBN: 978-1-84227-848-2. In this book, Fiorello examines the ways in which people with disabilities were “regarded and treated” (p. 1) in the Old Testament and ancient Israel. Particular focus is placed on the perception of disability as revealed by the use of disability metaphors or imagery in scripture, with the goal of describing “theological patterns that may arise from a study of the use of disability motifs in the Bible” (p. 11)

Author Biography

Dave Deuel, Ph.D.
Dave Deuel, Ph.D. Senior Research Fellow – Special Projects, Christian Institute on Disability, Joni and Friends Academic Dean Emeritus, The Master’s Academy International Lausanne Catalyst for Disability Concerns, The Lausanne Movement
How to Cite
Deuel, D. (2016). Book Review. Journal of the Christian Institute on Disability, 5(1), 101-103. Retrieved from