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Why the meaning of sin changed radically during the first centuries of Christianity

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, award-winning historian of religion Paula Fredriksen 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 articulated the idea that human wrongdoing violated relations with the divine. But Sin tells how, in the fevered atmosphere of the four centuries between Jesus and Augustine, singular new Christian ideas about sin emerged in rapid and vigorous variety, including the momentous shift from the belief that sin is something one does to something that one is born into. As the original defining circumstances of their movement quickly collapsed, early Christians were left to debate the causes, manifestations, and remedies of sin. This is a powerful and original account of the early history of an idea that has centrally shaped Christianity and left a deep impression on the secular world as well.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Prologue
  2. pp. 1-5
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  1. CHAPTER 1: God, Blood, and the Temple: Jesus and Paul on Sin
  2. pp. 6-49
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  1. CHAPTER 2: Flesh and the Devil: Sin in the Second Century
  2. pp. 50-92
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  1. CHAPTER 3: A Rivalry of Genius: Sin and Its Consequences in Origen and Augustine
  2. pp. 93-134
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 135-150
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  1. Timeline
  2. pp. 151-152
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 153-154
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 155-180
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 181-184
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 185-192
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  1. Index Locorum
  2. pp. 193-200
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  1. General Index
  2. pp. 201-209
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781400841592
Related ISBN(s)
9780691128900, 9780691160900
MARC Record
OCLC
794004267
Pages
208
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No

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