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Lectures explore the history of sin, Oct. 9-11

"Sin: The Early History of an Idea" is the title of a three-night lecture series by religion scholar Paula Fredriksen scheduled for 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, Oct. 9-11, in McCosh 10.

Fredriksen, the Aurelio Professor of Scripture at Boston University, earned her Ph.D. in religion from Princeton in 1979. Her lectures will provide a historical survey of the idea of sin in the first Christian centuries and will illustrate dramatic mutations in religious teachings about original sin.

Fredriksen's books include "Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews," for which she won a National Jewish Book Award, and "From Jesus to Christ: The Origins of the New Testament Images of Jesus," for which she received the Yale Press Governors' Award for Best Book. Her forthcoming book is titled "Augustine and the Jews." Fredriksen also has edited and contributed to a collection of essays on Mel Gibson's controversial film, "The Passion of the Christ," and has been a historical consultant and commentator on numerous television and radio specials.

The talks, which are designated as the Spencer Trask Lectures, are part of the University Public Lecture Series and are cosponsored by Princeton University Press.

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