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An elevated body temperature or a disease accompanied by such symptoms. The “burning ague” (Leviticus 26:16 ) is an acute fever marked by regular periods of fever, sweating, and then chills. Fever accompanying “consumption” or “wasting disease” (Deuteronomy 28:22 REB) could refer to any number of diseases: malaria, typhoid, typhus, dysentery, chronic diahhrea, or cholera. The “extreme burning” of Deuteronomy 28:22 is understood by most modern translations as a reference to the weather (“fiery heat” RSV, NAS; “scorching wind” TEV) rather than to a fever. Jesus healed two persons afflicted with fevers—Peter's mother-in-law ( Matthew 8:14 ; Mark 1:30 ; Luke 4:38 ) and an official's son (John 4:52 ). In Luke the healing was portrayed as an exorcism. In Acts 28:8 Paul healed Publius of a fever and dysentery (“bloody flux” KJV). See Diseases, Treatment of.

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Fever'. Holman Bible Dictionary. 1991.

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