Sin: A History

Gary Anderson, professor of Old Testament at the University of Notre Dame, has written an astonishing book that, in ways typical of his work, moves from close textual reading to the widest vistas of interpretation. As usual, he exhibits uncommon erudition, careful method and disciplined imagination that evokes connections his readers surely would not have otherwise noticed. The general idea of the book is that “sin has a history”—that over time understandings of sin reflected in the Bible and in nonbiblical literature changed in dramatic and significant ways.

 

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