Yitzhaq Feder is a lecturer at the University of Haifa. He is the author of Blood Expiation in Hittite and Biblical Ritual: Origins, Context and Meaning (Society of Biblical Literature, 2011). His research attempts to create a synthesis between traditional philological study of ancient texts and naturalistic lines of inquiry pursued by the cognitive science of religions, integrating psychological and philosophical approaches to the human mind and behavior. He has published numerous articles on purity and pollution in the ancient Near East, Hebrew Bible, and the Dead Sea Scrolls, including a recent article in Cognitive Science exploring the implications of this research for psychological and evolutionary theory. His most recent research focuses on biblical notions of taboo and their implications for understanding the relationship between emotion and morality. He is currently serving as a guest editor of a special issue of Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel on the topic “Formation and Transformation of Moral Norms in Ancient Israel.”


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