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.
2013. “Life of Adam and Eve,” in Outside the Bible: Ancient Jewish Writings Related to Scripture, eds. L. Feldman, J. Kugel and L. Schiffman, 1331-1358. Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society.
2014. “Forgive Us Our Debts,” in Biblical Essays in Honor of Daniel J. Harrington, SJ, and Richard J. Clifford, SJ: Opportunity for No Little Instruction, ed. Christopher G. Frechette, Christopher R. Matthews, and Thomas G. Stegman, SJ, 56-67. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press.
2013. “How Does Almsgiving Purge Sins,” in Hebrew in the Second Temple Period: The Hebrew of the Dead Sea Scrolls and of Other Contemporary Sources. Proceedings of the Twelfth International Symposium of the Orion Center for the Study of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Associated Literature, Jointly Sponsored by the Eliezer Ben-Yehuda Center for the Study of the History of the Hebrew Language, 29-31 December 2008, ed. S. E. Fassberg, M. Bar-Asher, and R. Clements, 1-14. Leiden: Brill.
2013. “Does Tobit Fear God for Nought,” in The Call of Abraham: Essays on the Election of Israel in Honor of Jon D. Levenson, eds. G. Anderson and J. Kaminsky, 115-143. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press.
2013. “You Will Have Treasure in Heaven,” in New Approaches to the Study of Biblical Interpretation in Judaism of the Second Temple period and in Early Christianity, ed., G. Anderson, R. Clements and D. Satran, 107-132. Leiden: Brill.
2012. “The Baptism of Jesus Christ: On Jesus’ Solidarity with Israel and Foreknowledge of the Passion,” in Explorations in the Theology of Benedict XVI, ed. J. Cavadini, 236-53. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press.
2012. “The Akedah in Canonical and Artistic Perspective,” in Genesis and Christian Theology, ed., N. MacDonald, M. Elliott, and G. Macaskill, 43-61. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.
2012. “Almsgiving as an Expression of Faith,” in Emotions from Ben Sira to Paul, eds. R. Egger-Wenzel and J. Corley, 121-132. Berlin: de Gruyter.
2011. “Did Jesus Confess His Sins at Baptism? Evidence from the Book of Tobit,” in Method and Meaning: Essays on New Testament Interpretation in Honor of Harold W. Attridge, ed. Andrew B. McGowan and Kent H. Richards, 453-464. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature.
2011. “What About the Canaanites?” in Divine Evil? The Moral Character of the God of Abraham, ed. M. Bergmann, M. Murray, and M. Rea, 269-82. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
2011. “Tobit as Righteous Sufferer,” A Teacher for All Generations: Essays in Honor of James C. VanderKam, ed. E. Mason et al., 493-507. Leiden: Brill.
2011. “Redeem Your Sins through Works of Charity,” in To Train His Soul in Books: Syriac Asceticism in Early Christianity, ed. R. Darling Young and M. Blanchard, 57-65. Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press.
2012. “A Treasury in Heaven: The Exegesis of Proverbs 10:2 in the Second Temple Period,” Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel, 3 (2012): 351-67.
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