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Naphtali Lewy (Halevi)


Polish Hebrew scholar and merchant. Born in Kolo, Poland. Pursued Judaic studies; studied science and modern languages in Posen. Tutor and merchant in Radom, 1860–76. Moved to London where he had failed ventures as a publisher of Jewish newspapers and with an import-export shoe business, before becoming a kosher animal slaughterer, 1876–92. Retired to Southport, Lancashire, in 1892. Author of several works on Jewish law and biblical interpretation, including Toldot Adam, a Hebrew work that argued for the compatibility of CD’s theory of evolution with Jewish theology.


Colp and Kohn 1996, p. 1721

Dodson 2000, p. 48


Dodson, Edward O. 2000. Toldot Adam: a little-known chapter in the history of Darwinism. Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith 52: 47–54.

Kohn, David. 1996. The aesthetic construction of Darwin’s theory. In The elusive synthesis: aesthetics and science, edited by A. I. Tauber. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers.