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Sin : the early history of an idea

Author: Paula Fredriksen
Publisher: Princeton ; Oxford : Princeton University Press, [2012]
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Ancient Christians invoked sin to account for an astonishing range of things, from the death of God's son to the politics of the Roman Empire that worshipped him. In this book, the author, a historian of religion tells the surprising story of early Christian concepts of sin, exploring the ways that sin came to shape ideas about God no less than about humanity. Long before Christianity, of course, cultures had  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paula Fredriksen
ISBN: 9780691128900 0691128901
OCLC Number: 761850987
Description: vii, 209 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: God, blood, and the Temple: Jesus and Paul on sin --
Flesh and the devil: sin in the second century --
A rivalry of genius: sin and its consequences in Origen and Augustine.
Responsibility: Paula Fredriksen.

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"Paula Fredriksen's vivid little book is calculated to make even the most inert churchgoer sit up."--Peter Brown, New York Review of Books "In her characteristically brisk and engaging prose, Read more...

 
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