Notre Dame Theologian to Discuss Changing Notions of sin in Lecture Here Monday

Dr. Gary Anderson, the Hesburgh Professor of the Catholic Theology and professor of Old Testament at the University of Notre Dame, will speak on “Sin: A History” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, in the auditorium of O’Shaughnessy Educational Center on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas.

Dr. Gary Anderson

The lecture, free and open to the public, is co-hosted by St. Thomas’ Center for Catholic Studies and the Catholic Studies master of arts program, and the Monsignor Jerome D. Quinn Institute of Biblical Studies at the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity.

Anderson’s lecture will show how changing conceptions of sin and forgiveness lay at the heart of the biblical tradition, and that the changing notions of sin over time profoundly shape religious practices today.

Anderson has won numerous awards, including most recently grants from the American Philosophical Society, Lilly Endowment and Institute for Advanced Study at Hebrew University.

His recent articles include: "Redeem Your Sins by the Giving of Alms: Sin, Debt, and the 'Treasury of Merit' in Early Judaism and Christianity”; “To See Where God Dwells: The Tabernacle, the Temple, and the Origins of the Christian Mystical Tradition”; and “The Book of Tobit and the Canonical Ordering of the Book of the Twelve.”

His most recent book is Sin: A History. He now is working on a book on the Tabernacle narratives in Exodus and their influence on the rest of the Bible.

The seminary’s Quinn Institute was established to honor his memory and high level of biblical scholarship.

For more information contact Laura Stierman, (651) 962-5864 or