Christianity in Jewish Terms

By Tikva Frymer-Kensky; David Novak et al. | Go to book overview

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SIN AND
REPENTANCE

"Turn Us to You and We Shall Return":
Original Sin, Atonement, and
Redemption in Jewish Terms

STEVEN KEPNES

Therefore just as sin came into the world through one man, and death came through sin, and so death came to all because all have sinned . . . Yet death exercised dominion from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sins were not like the transgression of Adam. But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died through the one man's trespass, much more surely have the grace of God and the free gift in the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, abounded for the many. ( Rom. 5:12-15)

This quote from Paul is a pivotal text in the development of the Christian doctrines of "original sin" and "atonement." Adam's sin of disobedience in the garden brought death and the "condemnation" ( Rom. 5:16) of all humans, which placed them in a condition or state

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