Hesburgh Professor of Catholic Theology
Biblical Studies/Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity
(B.A. Albion College, 1977; M.Div Duke University, 1981; Ph.D Harvard University, 1985)
Research and Teaching Interests
Anderson’s interests concern the religion and literature of the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible with special interest in the reception of the Bible in early Judaism and Christianity. His interests span the entire Bible but as of recent he has put special focus on the book of Genesis as well as priestly literature. He is also interested in biblical narrative, canonical exegesis, biblical theology, Jewish culture and religion and Jewish-Christian relations.
Anderson has won numerous awards including most recently grants from the American Philosophical Society, Lilly Endowment and the Institute for Advanced Study at Hebrew University. His most recent book, Sin: A History (Yale University Press, 2009) treats the way in which metaphors for sin change from the First to the Second Temple period and how those changes decisively shaped the way Jews and Christians came to view the effect of sins and how they might be forgiven. He is currently working on a book on the Tabernacle narratives in Exodus and their influence on the rest of the Bible. Some 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.” Anderson was recently elected Vice-President of the Catholic Biblical Association for 2012-13 and will serve as President for 2013-14.
Charity: The Place of the Poor in the Biblical Tradition. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013.
"A Treasury in Heaven: The Exegesis of Proverbs 10:2 in the Second Temple Period," Hebrew Bible in Ancient Israel, pp. 351-67. 2013
“Moses and Jonah in Gethsemane: Representation and Impassibility in Their Old Testament Inflections,” in B. Gaventa and R. Hays eds., Seeking the Identity of Jesus: A Pilgrimage (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2008) 215-231.
“To See Where God Dwells: The Tabernacle, the Temple, and the Origins of the Christian Mystical Tradition,” Letter & Spirit 4 (2008) 13-45.
“The Book of Tobit and the Canonical Ordering of the Book of the Twelve,” in J. Ross Wagner, A. Katherine Grieb and C. Kavin Rowe eds., The Word Leaps the Gap: Essays on Scripture and Theology in Honor of Richard B Hays (Grand Rapids, MI: .Eerdmans, 2008) 67-75.
"Mary in the Old Testament," Pro Ecclesia, 16 (2007) 33-55.
"Redeem Your Sins by the Giving of Alms: Sin, Debt, and the 'Treasury of Merit' in Early Judaism and Christianity," Letter & Spirit 3 (2007), 37-67
"King David and the Psalms of Imprecation," Pro Ecclesia 15 (2006) 267-280.
"From Israel's Burden to Israel's Debt: Towards a Theology of Sin in Biblical and Early Second Temple Sources." In Reworking the Bible: Apocryphal and Related Texts at Qumran. Edited by Esther G. Chazon, Devorah Dimant and Ruth Clements. Leiden, Brill, 2005: 1-30.
"The Culpability of Eve: From Genesis to Timothy," in From Prophecy to Testament. The Function of the Old Testament in the New. Edited by Craig A. Evans. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2004: 233-251.
"Joseph and the Passion of Our Lord." In The Art of Reading Scripture. Edited by E. Davis and R. Hays. Grand Rapids MI: Eerdmans, 2003: 298-215.
"'As We Have Heard So We Have Seen': The Iconography of Zion," Conservative Judaism, 54 (2002) 50-59.
"Biblical Origins and the Problem of the Fall," Pro Ecclesia, 10 (2001) 1–14.
Genesis of Perfection: Adam and Eve in Jewish and Christian Imagination. Westminster-John Knox, 2001.
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