Sin in the New Testament

ISBN : 9780190465742

Jeffrey Siker
232 Pages
140 x 140 mm
Pub date
Jan 2020
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Sin was an extremely important and serious concern for the earliest Christians and the authors of the New Testament writings. Early Christians came to see the life and ministry of Jesus as challenging presumptions about the meanings of sin and faithfulness. This book provides a comprehensive treatment of different understandings of sin in early Christianity. Jeffrey S. Siker describes how the earliest Christian voices represented in the New Testament writings understood "sin" not only as a theological abstraction, but also as a real reflection upon human thought and behavior that violated right relationships with both other human beings and with God. Siker explores language about sin in relation to the Jewish and Greco-Roman contextual worlds of the New Testament writings, and examines the development and change of these worlds in relation to the modern concept of sin.


Chapter 1: Whatever Happened to Sin?
Chapter 2: A Taxonomy of Sin in the New Testament Worlds
Chapter 3: Sin in the Gospel of Mark
Chapter 4: Sin in the Gospel of Matthew
Chapter 5: Sin in Luke-Acts
Chapter 6: Sin in the Gospel of John and the Johannine Epistles
Chapter 7: Sin in the Letters of Paul and Deutero-Paul
Chapter 8: Sin in Hebrews, James, and 1 & 2 Peter
Chapter 9: Sin in Jude, Revelation, and Beyond
Chapter 10: Sin Then and Now

About the author: 

Dr. Jeffrey S. Siker has taught at Loyola Marymount University since 1987 in the areas of New Testament, early Jewish/Christian relations, the Bible and Ethics, and the history of biblical interpretation. Dr. Siker has been awarded research grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Catholic Biblical Association, the Wabash Center, and has been a Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute for Advanced Studies in Jerusalem. Dr. Siker is an active Presbyterian minister. He is married to Judy Siker, herself a biblical scholar and PCUSA minister, and together they have five grown children.

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