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This book is an edited volume of science-based essays written by biological
anthropologists/psychologists and Judaic scholars. Can there be rational examples of
the compatibility between natural science and Judaism? This book offers a strikingly
novel perspective on traditional and contemporary Judaic practices. For those with
some Judaic knowledge, there are biological explanations in these chapters not seen
elsewhere. For those well-versed in evolutionary theory, the authors’ perspectives
suggest new approaches to the scientific study of religion. Topics include the
monistic tendency, biblical polygyny, biblical family conflict, circumcision and
proselytes, sacrificial-ritualistic mitzvot (obligations), periodic conjugal
separation, Judaic traditionalism, male and female reproductive strategies, and the
relationship between costly signaling and prestige.
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