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Isaac Alderman is a PhD candidate studying Hebrew Bible at the Catholic University of America. His dissertation, titled "The Animal at Unease with Itself," examines the cognitive basis for the artificial boundary which humans construct between themselves and other animals through creation stories. He is currently the project leader for the book of Jonah for the upcoming reworking of the New Jerusalem Bible. He has also published articles and presented at conferences on various biblical passages in the context of cognitive science, pedagogy, and reception theory. Isaac lives with his wife and two cats in Providence, RI.