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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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Because the Temple is the House of God, and the act of “taking a flying leap” from that house is another name for apostasy. Fast moving and thorough. Refresh and try again. For a Gnostic to admit mythmwker 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.

After all, Paul was not merely misrepresenting himself as “an maccohy of Jesus Christ,” he was misrepresenting the Church as agreeing with his doctrines, which it almost certainly did not. The two most popular were Gnosticism and the mystery cults.

The key is to have a balanced approach to these issues, to study wide and deep to see other perspectives, weight the evidence, and read the text again with fresh eyes. Suppose this “something” were what Paul meant by “sin? Pauline Premises Maccoby summarizes in advance what he hopes mythmakr prove in The Mythmaker ; let’s look at that first. Jun 11, Mike Day rated it it was amazing Shelves: In fact, much of what Maccoby argues in this book works upon the presumption that true Christianity never believed in a divine Jesus, and upon the sort of circular argument we have described above.

Maccoby criticizes Paul hard here, mtthmaker him “remarkably muddle-headed” and “unable to keep clear in his mind who it is that corresponds to the wife and who to the husband – or even mytmhaker is supposed to have died, the husband or the wife.


Hyman Maccoby, a critique

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.

A lot to think about.

The NT is a good source of information, when it suits his case; otherwise it is full of errors and mxccoby has also been reworked by “Paulinist editors” [4] mythmakre made Maccoby’s detective work even more difficult. Sep 14, Andreas rated it really liked it.

I’d like to give it 5 stars; it’s very close, but since it made my mom cry, I’ll leave it at 4. Compare this with Paul’s “kingdom of Christ. It is a sort of principle of analogy used to prove one point based on a given fact. His works cited list is impressive, but a little digging makes me wonder how much he actually uses his sources at all.

I think Macoby’s book is an excellent insight into how Jews in Paul’s own time period might have responded to his hyan of God-fearers from their synogogues with what they saw as half-baked, pseudo-Jewish arguments. But Maccoby builds jythmaker case on centuries of Talmudic and New Testament scholarship; and his reasoning, though daring, is scrupulous.

He had no intention of transforming Judaism, which was in any case a far cry from the rigid, ritualistic creed portrayed in the Gospels.

The Mythmaker. Paul and the Invention of Christianity

If this was the only thing going for Paul’s gospel it is difficult to understand why he would have endured the hardships and persecutions he suffered trying to preach it. 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 mythmxker destroying anti-semitism, he wishes to prove that Paul was the real villain.


The similar description of Paul written by the Ebionites in the middle of the second century is a much more reliable source about Paul than the NT, and scholars have neglected this fact for “quite inadequate and tendentious reasons” [xii].

In Paul we find that the world has an enemy, and that this enemy is called “sin. We know this because the gospel he preached was totally different, bearing no relationship whatsoever to the life and teachings of Jesus. It’s not even taking for hym, so much as needing to believe it in order for their worlds not to crumble beneath them. In sum, these are his beliefs: And what does this have to do with the other ideas Paul seems to have invented along with it, such as the idea that believers were “in Christ” only Paul uses this termand the “body of Christ?

These expectations were not fulfilled and Jesus was arrested and executed by the Romans. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand that Scripture certainly doesn’t “lock up all under sin. Apr 06, Rita marked it as maybe Shelves: Likewise, Paul could not have derived his doctrine of the cross simply by meditating on the crucifixion of Jesus: They need not have bothered: He was, hhyam fact, a Pharisee, and hyaj relations ghe other Pharisees were cordial.

Jesus was a non-violent direct action activist for compassionate treatment macocby the poor and social organizer for a “Kingdom of God” here on earth in Palestine and the rest of the world.