The Tragic Flaw
Sin, Salvation, and Human Nature
The Greek word that English Bible translators render as “sin” is ἁμαρτία, hamartia. According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, hamartia is derived from hamartanein "to fail of one's purpose; to err, sin," originally "to miss the mark," from the Proto-Indo-European root *hemert- "to miss, fail."
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