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Biblical Games: Game Theory and the Hebrew Bible

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BACK IN PRINT with a new preface and a new chapter

In this unusual book, first published by The MIT Press in 1980 and now updated with a new chapter, Steven Brams applies the mathematical theory of games to the Hebrew Bible. Brams's thesis is that God and the human biblical characters acted rationally―that is, given their preferences and their knowledge of other players' preferences, they made strategy choices that led to the best attainable outcomes. Beginning with the Creation and focusing on those stories richest in conflict and intrigue, Brams uses elementary game-theoretic tools to elucidate the rational calculations of biblical players and to show precisely the manner in which they sought to achieve their goals. He relies almost exclusively on noncooperative theory, making use of both game tree and matrix forms of games. Brams uses his strategic analyses to build a detailed assessment of God's character and motivations, including the reasons for His frequently wrathful behavior. Brams's insights have application to biblical studies, the philosophy of religion, political theory, and game theory and methodology.In the new chapter, Brams surveys the literature of the past twenty years on political-strategic interpretations of the Hebrew Bible. He also extends the game-theoretic analysis, using the theory of moves, to study a counterfactual situation―what if Abraham had refused God's command to sacrifice Isaac?―and to examine the rationality of believing in a superior being.

Product Specifications

Author
Steven J. Brams
Binding
Paperback
EAN
9780262523325
EANList
  • 9780262523325
Edition
Revised
ISBN
0262523329
ItemDimensions
  • 900 hundredths-inches
  • 600 hundredths-inches
  • 73 Hundredths Pounds
  • 50 hundredths-inches
Label
The MIT Press
Languages
  • English, Published English, Original Language English, Unknown
Manufacturer
The MIT Press
NumberOfItems
1
NumberOfPages
224
PackageDimensions
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  • 62 Hundredths Pounds
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PackageQuantity
1
ProductGroup
Book
ProductTypeName
ABIS_BOOK
PublicationDate
2002-12-02
Publisher
The MIT Press
ReleaseDate
2002-08-30
Studio
The MIT Press
Title
Biblical Games: Game Theory and the Hebrew Bible
isbn-13-20
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