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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Despite impressive research, the author’s needlessly pugilistic stance–he comes off as one defending the honor of Judaism against pagan insurgents–bleeds his argument of real force.

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

And that is how Hyam Maccoby paints the portrait of Paul: It is literally the Anti-Christ. Ultimately, Maccoby doesn’t completely condemn Paul, but merely thinks that Paul is less original and authoritative than he is given credit for.

No wonder this book made someone cry. His work will probably strengthen the belief that Jesus was to some extent an anti-Roman political revolutionary, Paul a Hellenistic interloper.

Maccoby thinks that Jesus did see himself as the mythmakee, but as the messiah in completely Jewish terms: What is really happening here is revealed in part by the tribute Maccoby offers to those who funded his work – The Centre for the Study of Anti-Semitism. Paul says he is “dead to the law, crucified with Christ;” and the reason he is dead is that he has been crucified.

The Pharisees, as noted, were sympathetic to Jesus and, like him, were religious nationalists. Propagated by a self serving, megalomaniacal, narcissistic, probably epilepticgreedy, ruthless, The play centres about King James, who is portrayed as a complex, troubled soul who comes to accept the rabbi’s ideas.


The Mythmaker: Paul and the Invention of Christianity

Mar 10, Rose Anderson rated it really liked it. If using this material on another site, please provide a link back to my site. What was so important about the crucified Christ?

He himself declared that among Jews he acted like a Jew, among Greeks like a Greek; is it unlikely then that mythmaekr apostles he would macciby like an apostle? Jesus would have been aghast at what Paul taught in his name. He acknowledges that those who obey the Commandments serve the “ruler of this world.

Very thought-provoking, paradym-changing book. As it happens during the Christian Era Gnostics swung both ways on this issue: Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Perhaps he w The Mythmaker is a profound book. However, he did not claim that Jesus was the leader of an actual armed rebellion. I think we hardly need to comment on such blatant and unwarranted revisionism. After that, Paul had the field to himself.

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This is precisely the same dilemma Paul’s ministry presented to the apostles. Later Maccoby reworks the story of the disciples picking grain in the field [41] to suppose that Jesus was actually in flight from Herod and the Romans and justified the picking of corn on an emergency basis – this, done to make Jesus in perfect agreement with Pharisee law. Overall, this book seems to lack scholarly attributes, though raises important questions I would like to see handled by a more qualified researcher.

May 04, Pabgo rated it it was amazing. So, what did Paul serve in his youth? And here’s another profile of me at Times Higher Education.


Let us turn the passage front to back and see what we have: The anti-Pauline material starts early.

Mythmake 10 December at the Wayback Machine. As another attempt to rob Paul of his credentials, Maccoby cites this passage, Romans 7: According to Maccoby, all of the above is bosh. Klausner, who said, “It would be difficult to find more typically Talmudic expressions of scripture than those in the Myfhmaker 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.

Similarly, Maccoby’s claim that Jesus, unlike Paul, actually was a Pharisee, all texts representing him as attacking them notwithstanding, also needs far stronger documentary evidence than this book byam.

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. I doubt if anyone understands the complicated apostle Paul; however, thi The author, a Jew and Talmudic scholar, gives an impressive maccoby of imaginative scholarship in his account of Paul as a man of tremendous religious imagination himself having invented ‘Christianity.

James the brother of Jesus was executed because of his resistance to the Romans