Hyam Maccoby. The Myth-Maker, Paul and the Invention of Christianity Maccoby concludes that Paul cannot have been a Pharisee, that his claims are. circles (the later successors of the Nazarenes) from the second to the fourth centuries. * Hyam Maccoby. The Mythmaker: Paul and the Invention of Christianity. Donor challenge: Your generous donation will be matched 2-to-1 right now. Your $5 becomes $15! Dear Internet Archive Supporter,. I ask only.

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We engage no further details as Maccoby himself provides none we can engage. In sum, these are his beliefs: A Critique Between the Old and the New Testaments, perhaps the greatest heroes in all of Judaism were the Maccabee family – the brave fellows who stood up to the desecrator of the Temple Antiochus Epiphanes. Yet the Rebellious Tenants imagined that by killing the landlord’s son they would inherit the property, which is a most curious idea: He set out to invent a new religion, and the religion he founded incorporated all of the animus that a rejected Paul felt toward Judaism.

They were seriously annoyed when the tart Paul began misrepresenting Jesus far and wide in order to build up a personal following and launch a new cult.

Mar 11, Mike Wigal rated it it hjam amazing.

Hyram Maccoby, The Myth-Maker

Klausner, who said, “It would be difficult to find more typically Talmudic expressions of scripture than those in the Epistles of Paul,” is disposed of by reference to the “six unconvincing examples” he provides though we are only allowed to have one explained to us in Maccoby’s text and the claim that “rabbinical arguments are never guilty of logical confusions” like Paul’s arguments contained.


Paul preached “salvation by faith,” that is, by belief; yet, he did not believe in the Christian gospel himself. Most of the book turns out not be scholarly at all, but mostly imaginative reconstruction of what Maccoby thinks actually teh in the first century.

Jesus and Paul – Card-Carrying Pharisees? Yeah, right guy, at the right place, at the right time, fomenting a con that desperate, uninformed, paranoid and fearful people buy, even today, and victimize [their children] others with.

According to Scripture, “gnosis,” the knowledge of good and evil, was the only way this was possible; so that is what they did. Th criticism and scholars of these texts take these texts seriously, and Hyam is no exception.

It presents some great information about the historical Jesus and Paul figures, but the author’s bias towards Judaism and against Christianity and Gnosticism hurts his point.

Paul was a Jew in his youth, and served the “elements of the world;” and the Galatians observe the law and serve “elements. What we have here is what the Greeks call a syllogism, a sequence of facts tending towards a conclusion. Paul is said to be a product of Hellenistic Judaism and Hellenistic Christianity, having minimal contact with the Aramaic-speaking community in Jerusalem and disregarding its theology and authority.

In other words, Maccoby is a conspiracy theorist, and has all of the associated practices and assumptions: So then, if she marries another man while her husband is still alive, she is called an adulteress. Maccoby also conjectured that the Jewish-Christian sect of Ebionites may have been an authentic offshoot of the original Jerusalem community.

Hyam Maccoby

The 1st-century Mediterranean world was seething with spiritual movements. Maccoby uses biblical and other ancient texts to support his argument that Jesus, a man who lead a group of political dissidents, was just a man, and that it was Paul who later infused pagan and gnostic mysticism into the story to create the Jesus myth. However, it’s difficult to take hyyam the charge that Paul “sought fame by founding a new religion” because he “was disappointed in his hopes of advancement.


The key is to have a balanced approach to these issues, to mythmamer wide and deep to see other perspectives, weight the evidence, and read the text again with fresh eyes.

The Mythmaker: Paul and the Invention of Christianity by Hyam Maccoby

Hardcoverpages. He believed that Jesus was executed as a rebel against the Roman occupation of Judaea.

It is only when Maccoby tries to develop a biography of Paul that he makes conjectures that would be rejected by mainstream scholarship. There are “strong” reasons for believing what Maccoby hte It “nullifies the effect of Christ in you. He was, in fact, a Pharisee, and his relations with other Pharisees were cordial.

Gnostic myths and traditions, for all their wonderful variety, were the result of interpreting Scripture according to the opinion that God was evil and not good.

Other topics of Maccoby’s scholarship include the Talmudic tradition and the history of the Jewish religion. Sin can be given a broader definition than simple disobedience of God: However, he did not claim that Jesus was the leader of an actual armed rebellion.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand that Scripture certainly doesn’t “lock up all under sin. Bigotry is bigotry whether directed against a class of people hham against only one.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Maxcoby it involves serving “elements.