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"'An extraordinary piece of detective work. Anderson shows how the central way of representing and conceiving sin changed dramatically within biblical times, and how this change in turn came to be elaborated in later Judaism and Christianity. This is an extremely important, indeed, mind-changing book for anyone interested in the history of these two religions.' James Kugel, Harvard University"
Gary A. Anderson is professor of Old Testament/Hebrew Bible Studies in the Department of Theology at Notre Dame, Indiana.
A caveat: This is one of the only times in my life I’ve put a book back on the shelf before finishing it. I gave up at page 51. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rick J. Strassman
Unfortunately, I can only give one star to Professor Anderson's book because it is not an original nor thorough and fair presentation. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Dennis
If you've grown up in the Judeo-Christian religious tradition, this book will blow your mind. It is amazing to think of something like sin, an eternal concept, as having changed... Read morePublished on August 1, 2011 by John-Michael Torres
Anderson's book does not attempt to define sin as any sort of transgression of God's commandments. He writes rather in order to describe sin as "debt" (hob 135) and how that debt... Read morePublished on July 11, 2011 by William S. Downer
Anderson offers an elegant and clear exposition of a particular academic thesis, namely, that the idea of "sin" is linked to the metaphor of sin as "debt. Read morePublished on September 8, 2010 by Dean Miller