Five Themes of the Pentateuch: Sin

Sin is a concept that was absent from God’s perfect creation in Genesis 1-2. God’s world was one that was perfectly ordered in the beginning. When Adam and Eve ate from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, sin entered into the cosmos. Sin can be defined as “any offense against life as [...]

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Hamartiology – Some Observations on the Nature of Sin

Scripture tells us anything done apart from faith is sinful in God’s sight (Hebrews 11:6; Romans 14:23). Sin is mentioned some 465 times in the Bible (NIV). It translates the Hebrew word חַטָּאת and the Greek word ἥμαρτες from which we derive the noun hamartiology. Its first explicit mentionis in Genesis 4:7, where God admonishes [...]