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Sin : a history

Author: Gary A Anderson
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"What is sin? Is it simply wrongdoing? Why do its effects linger over time? In this sensitive, imaginative, and original work, Gary Anderson shows how changing conceptions of sin and forgiveness lay at the very heart of the biblical tradition. Spanning nearly two thousand years, the book demonstrates how sin, once conceived of as a physical burden, becomes, over time, eclipsed by economic metaphors. Transformed from  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Gary A Anderson
ISBN: 9780300168099 0300168098 9780300149890 0300149891 1282415956 9781282415959
OCLC Number: 317471790
Description: xv, 253 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: pt. 1: Introducing the problem. What is a sin? ; A burden to be borne ; A debt to be repaid --
pt. 2: Making payment on one's debt. Redemption and the satisfaction of debts ; Ancient creditors, bound laborers, and the sanctity of the land ; Lengthening the term of debt ; Loans and the Rabbinic sages ; Early Christian thinking on the atonement --
pt. 3: Balancing debts with virtue. Redeem your sins with alms ; Salvation by works? ; A treasury in heaven ; Why God became man.
Responsibility: Gary A. Anderson.

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What is sin? Is it simply wrongdoing? Why do its effects linger over time? This book shows how changing conceptions of sin and forgiveness lay at the very heart of the biblical tradition. Spanning  Read more...

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