The origin of the strange concept called sin

By |2016-01-06T06:46:15-07:00January 6th, 2016|Thoughts|

                                                                               The Origin of Sin                                     There is no concept of “sin” in the Hebrew Bible as a distorting stain upon the soul that requires a kind of supernatural atonement or cleansing process, [...]

The truth about sin

By |2015-07-29T06:31:39-07:00July 29th, 2015|Book Reviews, Thoughts|

                                                                                 The Origin of Sin                                     Professor Paula Fredriksen of Boston University wrote “Sin: The Early History of an Idea.”[1] Her book is scholarly and informative. There is no concept of “sin” in [...]

The origin of “sin”

By |2014-10-18T22:04:06-07:00October 18th, 2014|Book Reviews|

                                                Review by Israel Drazin                                                                    Sin The Early History of an Idea By Paula Fredriksen Princeton University Press, 2012, 209 pages Paperback Cost: $14.28   Professor Paula Fredriksen of Boston University’s book [...]

Rosh Hashanah is not a biblical holiday

By |2014-09-20T23:20:15-07:00September 20th, 2014|Thoughts|

                                                                                                           Rosh Hashanah is not a biblical holiday[1]   Rosh Hashanah is not a biblical holiday, although it replaced a biblical one, and is notably different from the holiday it replaced. The biblical [...]

Behar – The destructive aspects of “sin”

By |2014-05-04T06:29:30-07:00May 4th, 2014|Thoughts|

                                                                                         Behar                                                               The destructive aspects of “sin”[1]   The idea of “sin” is seemingly found in Leviticus 25:18 and elsewhere. In Leviticus God promises prosperity to people who obey the divine commands: they [...]

Sin and repentance are not Torah concepts

By |2013-07-26T06:00:35-07:00July 26th, 2013|Thoughts|

                                                                           By Israel Drazin                                      Neither sin nor repentance is mentioned in the Torah.   Sin “Sin,” a prime element in Christian theology, is chet in Hebrew, and chet means nothing more [...]