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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' p
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Paperback, 236 pages
Published August 30th 2002 by Mit Press (first published July 1980)
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Frank Ashe
Brilliant.
Why is God so enigmatic in the Old Testament? He wants us to believe through faith, not evidence.
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Jan 02, 2011 rated it liked it
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I'm a sucker for really weird books, and what could be weirder than applying game theory to famous biblical stories?

Ultimately, it's a little light on the math and a little heavy on the interpretation, but his interpretations are ever-fascinating. Brams has such an unconventional take on many stories that it's sort of mind-warping sometimes, particularly his theological interpretations. Although I should mention that he's frequently more literal to the story than I am, even growing up evangelica
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Jul 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
As random and unconventional as this book might appear, I have probably mentioned this book more times than any other book I've read about game theory. If you're looking for the extreme mathematics that you would expect in a traditional game theory text, you will be sorely mistaken. But for those of us who just want to think about how the logic of game theory can be applied to gain new insight on classic questions, I cannot recommend this book enough.
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