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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So what was wrong with being “in Adam? He considered the Gospel accounts of the hostility between Jesus and the Pharisees as an invention te the Pauline Church, and argued that Jesus himself subscribed to Pharisaic Judaism as revealed in such texts as the Sermon on the Mount.

Is all this really true? 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.

Nov 19, Charity rated it really liked it Shelves: Jesus and Paul – Card-Carrying Pharisees? The NT is a good source of information, when it suits his case; otherwise it is full of errors and it has also been reworked by “Paulinist editors” [4] who made Maccoby’s detective work even more difficult.

Hardcoverpages. Of course, it is always possible to argue that words do not mean what they appear to say, but such a claim requires at least some form of argumentation.

Dunn describes Maccoby’s revival of Graetz’ accusations that Paul was a Gentile as “a regrettable reversion to older polemics”. The Mythmaker shows how Paul took the teachings of the Nazarenes and combined them with the mystery cults and Gnostic teachings to create his very own new religion, completely revising the original teachings and twisting them to fit his own scheme.

Maccoby, a Talmudic scholar from London’s Leo Baeck College, will inflame many with his contention that Paul, not Jesus, was the true founder of Xianity.

Jesus never defined himself as a god; he understood Messiah in the normal terms of someone who would restore the Jewish monarchy, drive out the Roman invaders and establish a Jewish state. Gnosticism is radically different from Judaism.


Now, before Paul invented his gospel, the only gospel which existed was that of the apostles. On the other hand, if the “father” of Adam and the “father” of Christ are different entities, then the story is quite different: Featured Resource Defining Inerrancy. Now, what does it mean to be “in the likeness” of Christ?

The Mythmaker. Paul and the Invention of Christianity

He considered the Gospel traditions blaming the Jews for the death of Jesus and especially the legend of Judas Iscariot which he believed to be mythmaler product of the Gentile Pauline Church as the roots of Christian antisemitism. It allows a writer to paint a picture of the individual that—unless the reader is aware enough to deconstruct it—can outlast any factual information the reader might glean.

Maccoby utilizes the normal canons of contemporary New Testament scholarship to suss out the evolution of early Christianity and to analyze just who Paul really was. 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.

Paul, he tells us, created this religion in which Jews were “enemies of God. What was so important about the crucified Mtyhmaker Mar 10, Rose Anderson rated it really liked it. This is maccogy the Gnostics did: After all, in later generations the term “angels” was applied by Gnostics with the meaning “the God of the Old Testament,” or Yahweh.

It “nullifies the effect of Mxccoby in you. Maccoby interpreted certain New Testament passages for example Paul’s account of his quarrel with Peter in the Incident at Antioch as remnants of authentic accounts of this hostility.

Maccoby demonstrates Gnostic and Hellenistic influences, and re-interprets anti-Jewish biblical scenes to suggest that Jesus was a Pharisee, and Paul was not only not one, but a disappointed one, and not even necessarily fully Jewish.

How could Paul, who makes so much of his own authority as an apostle, so disregard the teaching of every other apostle? Christians prior to Paul were not antinomian, anti-Jewish, or anti-God. The anti-Pauline material starts early. Jan 20, Andrew Lucas rated it really liked it. The part that follows is exceedingly “legalistic” in tone, as though it were addressed to a rabbi. Their fellowship continued to exist in Jerusalemas a strictly orthodox Jewish sect under the leadership of James the Just.


Hyman Maccoby, a critique

This view, he tells us, is “entirely wrong, being based on ignorance or misunderstanding of rabbinical exegesis and logic. Since the only witnesses known are Jesus and the devil, scholars have been puzzled how such an account might have been transmitted. Once again, all he does here is argue in circles.

The holocaust and mass death before the modern age “Maccoby’s last work has been devastatingly reviewed, and myghmaker properly so, by John Gager, “Maccoby’s The Mythmaker”, JQR To see what your maxcoby thought of this book, please sign up. The w I found this book by Hyam Maccoby very interesting. Elegantly argued, this should ruffle feathers for years to come.

One of Maccoby’s major arguments–and one that has wide currency among non-dogmatic, non-fundamentalist scholars, even Christian scholars–is the idea that, for all intents and purposes, Paul was the founder of Christianity. He had no intention of transforming Judaism, which was in any case a far cry from the rigid, ritualistic creed portrayed in the Gospels. It challenges many of the assumptions of Christianity, of history, of sacred texts, and how we view these texts and for those of us that believe our Christianity and our faith traditions.

This book was given me as a gift by Chris Meyers when he was still working on his philosophy dissertation at Loyola University Chicago.

For a Gnostic to admit that something in this world was beautiful would be the same as saying God had done something right, which would have been from their point of view a monstrous sin.

Once he went through a place the poor people he had gulled into following him did not know who to believe, Paul or the apostles, and many followed neither, but sought a middle course that turned into New Testament Christianity. Want to Read saving…. Browse Articles By Passage: Even if you don’t believe what he says, I think it’s an important book because it gives you something very big to think about.