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In the face of Darrow’s daunting arguments, Bryan looked foolish when he was unwilling to concede the need for extra-biblical interpretation. Rabbi Herman Rosenwasser also played an important part in the trial by providing Darrow with an argument that the Hebrew text of Genesis, properly translated, supports the evolutionary narrative. (In this regard, see also my July 8, 2016 Collecting Jewish History column “Darwin, Jewish Theology, and the Holocaust.”)


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Saul Jay Singer serves as senior legal ethics counsel with the District of Columbia Bar and is a collector of extraordinary original Judaica documents and letters. He welcomes comments at at [email protected].