[b-hebrew] Rabbinic Exegesis of Psalm 51:7 (Hebrew Text)

Yigal Levin leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il
Sat Jan 21 16:49:02 EST 2006

Dear Clayton,

The short answer is that Rabbinic Judaism does not accept a concept of 
"original sin" in the way that it is understood by Christians. In Jewish 
thought, humans are created innately imperfect, because only by having the 
impulse to sin can they be rewarded for truly and freely choosing not to. 
What "David" is saying here, is that since you, God, created me sinful, you 
should be receptive to my honest repentance.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Clayton Javurek" <javurek at asu.edu>
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Sent: Friday, January 20, 2006 7:19 PM
Subject: [b-hebrew] Rabbinic Exegesis of Psalm 51:7 (Hebrew Text)

> Clayton Javurek
> E-Mail:javurek at asu.edu
> Can anyone provide a summary of the Rabbinic Exegesis of
> Psalm 51:7 (Hebrew Massoretic Text) and how the Rabbis dealt with
> the concept of Original or Innate or Hereditary Sin?
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