Hesburgh Professor of Catholic Theology
University of Notre Dame
Anderson’s interests center on the religion and literature of the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible, and the reception of biblical texts and ideas in early Judaism and Christianity. In his 2009 book, Sin: A History (Yale), Anderson traces the way in which metaphors for sin changed during the First and Second Temple periods, and considers the way these changes shaped the way Jews and Christians came to view the effect of sins and how they might be forgiven. Anderson extends this discussion in his most recent book, Charity: The Place of the Poor in the Biblical Tradition (Yale, 2013), focusing on almsgiving and the theology of charity in the Bible and later Jewish and Christian texts. Anderson has been the recipient of numerous awards, including Henry Luce Fellow, Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Starr Fellow in Jewish Studies at Harvard University, and Straus-Tikvah Fellow at the Law School at New York University. He served as President of the Catholic Biblical Association in 2013-2014.