Philosophical Society of Washington

Anthropology Looks at the Old Testament: The God-Nature Continuum

Milton Jacobs
Professor Emeritus Anthropology, State University of New York

2025th Meeting Abstract
Friday, March 04, 1994 at 8:15 PM


It is well known that the Old Testament covers Jewish history and experience of more than a millennium. Although the various books and sections have been written by different authors, it is read in a certain sequence and may be considered a closed narrative system. To talk about its impact seems gratuitous but the Old Testament has become sacred to Christians and Muslims and has remained sacred to the Jewish people.

To understand such a complex and lengthy narrative, one must invent different analytical approaches. What I propose to do is to attempt to gain understanding through a quantitative analysis of the animals in the Old Testament. The analysis attempts to answer the following questions:

About the Author:

Mr. Jacobs earned a B.A. in 1948 and M.A. in 1950, both in psychology from George Washington University. He became a research psychologist for the federal government upon graduation until 1950 when he resumed graduate studies in anthropology at Catholic University and earned a Ph.D. in 1956. Mr. Jacobs has lectured at the University of Virginia, Catholic University, City College of New York, Georgetown University, and the University of Maryland. In 1966, he founded the Department of Anthropology at the State University of New York and served as its chairman for six years. He has also published a number of papers on anthropology and Asian Studies.

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