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In: Jews and Christians in the First and Second Centuries: How to Write Their History
In: Jews and Christians in the First and Second Centuries: How to Write Their History

Female grey treefrogs, Hyla versicolor, treat a call with an anomalously large gap between call pulses as relatively unattractive. However, whether such a ‘call’ is treated (or perhaps perceived) as a single call or two separate calls, an issue relevant to the problem of perceptual segregation of calls of different males, was unclear. We tested whether there could be gaps shorter than a typical inter-call interval that would be sufficient to elicit the latter percept by offering females a choice between a 5-pulse call and 13-pulse call separated by a 1575-ms gap and these pulse strings separated by shorter gaps. Preliminary results suggested that perception of inter-call gaps was categorical, and the distributions of such gaps between males in choruses were compatible with this finding. However, when we also offered females call alternatives designed to specifically test the hypothesis of categorical perception, predictions were only sometimes met.

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In: Jews and Christians in the First and Second Centuries: The Interbellum 70‒132 CE
In: Jews and Christians in the First and Second Centuries: The Interbellum 70‒132 CE
In: Jews and Christians in the First and Second Centuries: The Interbellum 70‒132 CE
In: Jews and Christians in the First and Second Centuries: The Interbellum 70‒132 CE
In: Jews and Christians in the First and Second Centuries: The Interbellum 70‒132 CE
In: Jews and Christians in the First and Second Centuries: The Interbellum 70‒132 CE
Jewish and Christian Perspectives on Religious Communal Identity
A Holy People investigates the various ways in which Jews and Christians define their religious identity, people or community, as being holy. Keeping in mind that historical studies can offer food for thought regarding contemporary issues, the study offers a large collection of essays, relating to the biblical, patristic and medieval period and especially to the modern period. The obvious question of many in the modern world as to whether the attribute of the ‘holiness’ allows for acknowledgement of authentic religion outside the own religious community, deserves an honest answer and well-documented study: too easily the claim of holiness intertwines with claims of power, whether by rivalling groups within the religious community, by groups divided along gender lines, or on the level of territorial claims. It will be of special importance to scholars and general readers interested in an interdisciplinary approach to theology, rabbinics, history, political science, and much more.