In II Samuel 24, King David builds an altar to God to end an epidemic among the people of Israel. With that act, he not only laid the foundation of what was to become the First Temple, he also established Jerusalem as a place of divinely sent remedies to divinely sent plagues, a place of both medical and miracle cures. From the moment he bought the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite as the site of his altar, Jerusalem became not just a political capital, but a capital of health and medicine as well.

That status of Jerusalem as a place where people have come from all over the world to cure and be cured is the focus of a fascinating new exhibition at the Tower of David Museum. Called “Jerusalem: A Medical Diagnosis,” the show takes the viewer on a journey through the Holy City’s history from King David to the present day, from the perspective of sickness and therapy.

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