Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Sin: A History

I'm back from the Nova et Vetera Conference in Denver
The conference itself focused on Dr. Gary Anderson's recent book Sin: A History, which is an investigation into the ancient Jewish and Christians notions of sin, primarily the language of "debt" in the Old and New Testaments. Anderson has produced a slam dunk account of how Second Temple Judaism understood sin in terms of debt and repayment. This understanding also justifies the ubiquitous language of "debt" and "redemption" in the New Testament and Fathers (and especially in the writings of Saint Anselm).
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