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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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But Maccoby builds his case on centuries of Talmudic and New Testament scholarship; and his reasoning, though daring, is scrupulous. Paul and the Invention of Christianity by Hyam Maccoby.

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

Jan 29, Anna rated it really liked it Shelves: For some, this is a damning claim, but it makes a lot more sense to me than most of the Christian hermeneutics that I have seen. Oct 07, Jengordon rated it really liked it.

There is no confusion here, except by Maccoby, who is reading into Paul’s work an argument that he is not making at all. Talmudic mythmakdr has Pharisee bias: After all, who has ever heard of a group of Sabbath-observing angel-worshippers? Paul used a special type of language which hjam called “spiritual words,” which he distinguished from the ordinary kind of language, which he called “speaking as a human being. This entire line of thought is well reasoned and is, by and large, accepted by most scholars who don’t have a theological ax to grind.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Other topics of Maccoby’s scholarship include the Talmudic tradition and the history of the Jewish religion.

Finally, a catalog of insults that Maccoby heaps upon Paul. We will never know precisely who Jesus was, what he said, or what he meant: Perhaps he w The Mythmaker is a profound book. With glasses, a mustache, and blacked-in teeth; with Paul as the “originator of Christian anti-Semitism” and “the greatest fantasist of all. That is what Paul says; and if Maccoby did not understand, it was because there are some enormities the mind cannot encompass. Their work is cited only seven times in pages, and never in relation to evidence.

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Let us examine the statement “Scripture has locked-up all under sin” again: A great clarification of Paul’s role in myth making of the Christian religion which is vastly different from the Judaism Jesus and James were part of.

Hyman Maccoby, a critique

I found its arguments clear and convincing, but I suspect that those devoted to the teachings of the Christian church might be more apt to find fault in its claims. It was a manifestation through myth of the practical situation during Paul’s ministry, when the vast majority of his converts did not consciously reject God or imagine Paul would have wanted ths to.

A mediator of one is not. So, my brothers, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit to God. Maccoby accuses the Apostle Paul of creating “a new religion” in which the Jews “were the villains, instead of the heroes, of sacred history” [50] – and in service of allegedly destroying anti-semitism, he wishes to prove that Paul was the real villain.

What we have here is what the Greeks call a syllogism, a sequence of facts tending towards a conclusion.

We remember the result of their deeds at this season along with those of our Savior. Since the only witnesses known are Jesus and the devil, scholars have been puzzled how such an account might have been transmitted. But their attempts at discipline ths to an end, along with their political hopes and, in most cases, their ,accoby, when in 70 AD the Romans responded to an insurrection in Judea with mass executions, wholesale deportations, and the physical destruction of Jewish society.


Maccoby also wrote extensively on the phenomenon of ancient and modern Anti-Semitism. As we have seen, Paul was of another opinion.

Still even here, Maccoby is on fairly solid ground among modern academic scholars of early Christianity. Klausner he dismisses by simply calling his arguments names “unconvincing” – [61]. So there is no excuse. The book convincingly argues that Paul is more of a mythologist than a theolgian. Paul stresses the importance of believing in Christ, and particularly the crucified Christ, going so far as to make this act synonymous with salvation, although as we have seen in his epistle to the Galatians it was not.

God, not Jesus, gives life; 2.

Hyam Maccoby

They knew God created the heavens and the earth and everything in it; if God is not beautiful, how could anything He created be beautiful? Part of the reason is no one ever thought to look for mythmamer another is that it was re-interpreted, the Rebellious Tenants became Jewish Christ-killers, etc. This he rejects, citing the Torah that God alone is the source of life.

It allowed me to see that Paul, a man, was as flawed as we all are, and his words don’t necessarily reflect God’s stance.