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There is no society without right and wrong. There is no society without sin. But every culture has its own favorite list of trespasses. Perhaps the most influential of these was drawn up by the Church in late antiquity: the Seven Deadly Sins. Pride, sloth, gluttony, envy, anger, lust, and greed are not forbidden acts but the passions that lead us into temptation. Aviad Kleinberg, one of the most prominent public intellectuals in Israel, examines the arts of sinning and of finger pointing. What is wrong with a little sloth? Where would haute cuisine be without gluttony? Where would we all be without our parentsandrsquo; lust? Has anger really gone out of style in the West? Can consumer culture survive without envy and greed? And with all humility, why shouldnandrsquo;t we be proud?

With intellectual insight and deadpan humor, Kleinberg deftly guides the reader through Jewish, Christian, and Greco-Roman thoughts on sin. Each chapter weaves the past into the present and examines unchanging human passions and the deep cultural shifts in the way we make sense of them. Seven Deadly Sins is a compassionate, original, and witty look at the stuff that makes us human.

Review:

"What's more sinful: angrily beating a child for no apparent reason, sleeping with a neighbor's wife or husband or eating all of the cheesecake so nobody else can have any? In his simplistic book, Tel Aviv University professor Kleinberg attempts a very partial answer to this question. He acknowledges that there is no sin without context, so that while child abuse may not be a wrong in one culture, it is horribly wrong in another. Using the Catholic Church's list of the seven deadly sins as his foil, Kleinberg proceeds to show that sin is relative and that even the worst of sins can be excused or seen in different lights depending on circumstances. For example, he understands sloth as the tendency to avoid the daily struggle against evil and injustice, and he counsels avoiding such slothfulness. Ultimately dissatisfying, Kleinberg's unfocused reflections comprise a book without a mission, for it fails to be either a deep personal meditation on the subject or a thoughtful theological exploration of a subject much better covered by Oxford University's series on the seven deadly sins." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

The Seven Sins is an intellectual gem that introduces the reader to a new world of ideas. It is a thought-provoking and passionate book. Kleinberg cites religious (Christian and Jewish) and non-religious texts. He widens our horizons and broadens our minds...Kleinberg's humor and learning invite the reader to a journey of self exploration and to a reexamination of the sources of evil.

Review:

"[A]n intellectual gem that introduces the reader to a new world of ideas. It is a thought-provoking and passionate book." Timeout (Israel)

Review:

"[A] learned, sometimes personal look at sloth, envy, lust, gluttony, greed, anger, and pride....He explores each deadly sin with great care and thoughtfulness and from both historic and very personal perspectives." Booklist

Review:

"Kleinberg offers a hard-hitting treatment of the seven traditional capital sins....Recommended." Library Journal

Synopsis:

The Seven Deadly Sins is a fascinating, amusing and highly readable book that offers a rethinking of our sins and passions through an examination of the Christian deadly sinssloth, envy, lust, gluttony, greed, anger and pride — to which Kleinberg adds an eighth, self-righteousness.

Synopsis:

The strength of this book is the link between the historian-philosopher Kleinberg and the boy Aviad that appears repeatedly in the book. It offers a successful connection between theoretical issues and the life of concrete human beings in our day and age.

Synopsis:

With intellectual insight and deadpan humor, Kleinberg deftly guides the reader through Jewish, Christian, and Greco-Roman thoughts on sin. Each chapter weaves the past into the present and examines unchanging human passions and the deep cultural shifts in the way we make sense of them.

About the Author

Aviad Kleinberg is Professor of History at Tel Aviv University and the author of Prophets in Their Own Country: Living Saints and the Making of Sainthood in the Later Middle Ages.

Table of Contents

  1. The Lizard’s Tail
  2. Sin for Beginners
  3. Sloth: Acedia
  4. Envy: Invidia
  5. Lust: Luxuria
  6. Gluttony: Gula
  7. Greed: Avaritia
  8. Anger: Ira
  9. Pride: Superbia
  10. Self-Righteousness
  11. Advanced Sin
  • Notes
  • Index

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peter in port, May 8, 2009 (view all comments by peter in port)
I chose to read this book because I thought it might offer some insight into theological matters. It turns out that Aviad Kleinberg is a history professor, not a theologian. However, this was a joyous read regardless of his specialty. The premise: examining what the Catholic church traditionally identified as the seven deadly sins from an historical point of view, charting how the interpretation of those sins has changed from the ancients to modern times. Being Jewish, and having studied the Talmud, Professor Kleinberg is a natural at exposing the nuances of sin. This book was a bestseller in Israel, written in Hebrew. Translated into English, it makes for a marvellous collection of essays on life. I recommend it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780674031418
Subtitle:
A Very Partial List
Author:
Kleinberg, Aviad
Translator:
Emanuel, Susan
Author:
Emanuel, Susan
Publisher:
Belknap Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Deadly sins
Subject:
Sin
Subject:
Ethics
Subject:
Sociology of Religion
Subject:
Christian Theology - Ethics
Subject:
Comparative Religion
Subject:
General Religion
Subject:
Philosophy | Ethics
Subject:
Social Science-Sociology of Religion
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
October 2008
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
FrenchFrench
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8 x 6 in

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Product details 208 pages Belknap Press - English 9780674031418 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "What's more sinful: angrily beating a child for no apparent reason, sleeping with a neighbor's wife or husband or eating all of the cheesecake so nobody else can have any? In his simplistic book, Tel Aviv University professor Kleinberg attempts a very partial answer to this question. He acknowledges that there is no sin without context, so that while child abuse may not be a wrong in one culture, it is horribly wrong in another. Using the Catholic Church's list of the seven deadly sins as his foil, Kleinberg proceeds to show that sin is relative and that even the worst of sins can be excused or seen in different lights depending on circumstances. For example, he understands sloth as the tendency to avoid the daily struggle against evil and injustice, and he counsels avoiding such slothfulness. Ultimately dissatisfying, Kleinberg's unfocused reflections comprise a book without a mission, for it fails to be either a deep personal meditation on the subject or a thoughtful theological exploration of a subject much better covered by Oxford University's series on the seven deadly sins." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , The Seven Sins is an intellectual gem that introduces the reader to a new world of ideas. It is a thought-provoking and passionate book. Kleinberg cites religious (Christian and Jewish) and non-religious texts. He widens our horizons and broadens our minds...Kleinberg's humor and learning invite the reader to a journey of self exploration and to a reexamination of the sources of evil.
"Review" by , "[A]n intellectual gem that introduces the reader to a new world of ideas. It is a thought-provoking and passionate book."
"Review" by , "[A] learned, sometimes personal look at sloth, envy, lust, gluttony, greed, anger, and pride....He explores each deadly sin with great care and thoughtfulness and from both historic and very personal perspectives."
"Review" by , "Kleinberg offers a hard-hitting treatment of the seven traditional capital sins....Recommended."
"Synopsis" by , The Seven Deadly Sins is a fascinating, amusing and highly readable book that offers a rethinking of our sins and passions through an examination of the Christian deadly sinssloth, envy, lust, gluttony, greed, anger and pride — to which Kleinberg adds an eighth, self-righteousness.
"Synopsis" by , The strength of this book is the link between the historian-philosopher Kleinberg and the boy Aviad that appears repeatedly in the book. It offers a successful connection between theoretical issues and the life of concrete human beings in our day and age.
"Synopsis" by , With intellectual insight and deadpan humor, Kleinberg deftly guides the reader through Jewish, Christian, and Greco-Roman thoughts on sin. Each chapter weaves the past into the present and examines unchanging human passions and the deep cultural shifts in the way we make sense of them.
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