In the Red

A History
Gary A. Anderson
Yale University Press, $30, 235 pp.

This wonderful and surprising book is a historical and exegetical recovery of the idea of sin as debt, and of almsgiving (and other works of mercy) as the principal means by which that debt may be repaid. Gary A. Anderson is professor of Old Testament at the University of Notre Dame. He is a theologically interested interpreter of the Old Testament, fully equipped with all the philological and historical skills necessary for that task, and yet also concerned with theological questions. He...

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About the Author

Paul J. Griffiths holds the Warren Chair of Catholic Theology at Duke University.