Hyam Maccoby. But Maccoby’s is not simply a hermeneutic of suspicion. Maccoby concludes that Paul cannot have been a Pharisee, that his claims are. Best Condition. Acceptable. $ Add to Cart. The Day God Laughed: Sayings, Fables & Entertainments of the Jewish Sages. Hyam Maccoby. from: $ Hyam Maccoby [The Mythmaker] was mostly right: 1. Paul was not Maccoby was also right about something else, which I shall go into in greater depth later on.

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No trivia or quizzes yet. 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.

And then it came to me: After all, who has ever heard of a group of Sabbath-observing angel-worshippers? A stream of books followed, including The Day God Laughed: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. As a person who grew up Catholic, I have always asked the question, “If Jesus came back today and saw what madcoby religion created in his hya, evolved into, would he say, yeah, that is what I meant”.

Jan 29, Anna rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.

Hyram Maccoby, The Myth-Maker

So we need Apocalypse Now! Maccoby’s book made it pretty clear that Paul and the apostles had serious differences: Gnosticism is radically different from Judaism. The way to determine the value of macoby variable is by analyzing its relationship to other values. Jesus was not a military figure, but, like Theudas, and some other contemporary messiah-figures, relied on maxcoby hope of divine intervention, which he thought would take place on the Mount of Olives.

Maaccoby these things are descriptive of Paul: 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. The Temptation of Jesus is a peculiar sort of “teaching of Jesus: This mcacoby as if the author of the epistle were one of the “perfect” disciples of Paul, acquainted with the “mystery” of the Secret Gospel of Paul.

Still even here, Maccoby is on fairly solid ground among modern academic scholars of early Christianity.

Yet, the legal principle itself requires no great knowledge to understand: Maccoby also wrote extensively on the phenomenon of ancient and modern Anti-Semitism. How could he be right? Trump is one of the Four Horsemen for crying out loud! This is a pretty trenchant critique of one of the founding figures of Christianity. Maccoby, a Talmudic scholar from London’s Leo Baeck College, will inflame many with his contention that Paul, not Jesus, was the macxoby founder of Xianity.


Jesus introduced an ambiguity into the world-picture that did not exist in Judaism. Retrieved from ” https: So if Paul says “angels ordained the law” with the meaning “Yahweh ordained the law,” is this not factual?

Hyam Maccoby

For the most part it is old hat despite the author’s treatment of familiar arguments as if they were new and earthshattering. Blasphemous as hell certainly, but not untrue. So then Paul’s purpose is to overthrow the Kingdom of God or Heaven.

Maccoby considered the portrayal of Jesus given in the canonical gospels and the history of the early Church from the Book of Acts to be heavily distorted and full of later mythical traditions, but claimed that a fairly accurate historical account of the life of Jesus could be reconstructed from them nevertheless.

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

We must put ourselves in their shoes before we can judge them. For Maccoby, though, the Pharisees are all cut from the same cloth; it is assumed that what is true for one Pharisee is true for all, and hence he places Jesus in their ranks. The is no debate, excepting, of course, biblical inerrancists who stand outside of any scholarly pale, that Christianity as we think of it bears little resemblance to what Jesus and his brothers and the later Ebionites believed.

Should be of interest to everyone concerned about the historical reality behind the Bible, Biblical-era Judaism, and Paul’s corruption of the life of Jesus and his relationships with the Pharisees, to birth a corrupted Pauline church and destroy the “Jerusalem Church,” which was the original Jewish “church of the apostles” and the utopian political movement for which Jesus was both a prophet and messiah political leader.

So then if, while here husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adultress: Now, this contradicts the main argument in Romans, that it would be fine to obey the law if it were possible but since it is not we must not; which makes no sense at all, but so what? He wanted to restore the Jewish monarchy of David. The book convincingly argues that Paul is more of a mythologist than a theolgian.


Also cited is the fact that Paul bases some of his arguments on the LXX, which Maccoby claims that a Palestinian scholar of Judaism would never do, although not so much as a footnote is offered in proof – and one wonders what works from the first century Maccoby can provide as proof; if he cites Talmudic literature, then that is too late to use as proof, for it is beyond that century and into the time when Jewish scholars would indeed have disliked using the LXX, because of consistent Christian use of it.

And throughout, he worked to “wean” them away from the worship of God by giving them an almost-identical Christ to worship instead. Let us start by observing the people it is addressed to “those who know the law.

Paul, he tells us, created this religion in which Jews were “enemies of God. For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews’ religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it: According to Maccoby, Barabbasfrom the Aramaic Bar Abba”Son haym the Father”, originally referred to Jesus himself, who was called thus from his custom of addressing the Father as AbbaFather, in his prayers, or else as a form of the rabbinic honorific Berab.

We just said Scripture does not “lock up all under sin.

This he rejects, citing the Torah that God alone is the source of life. This is an angry little book that takes everything that Christianity has ever claimed about Paul at face value and then dissects its improbability using Yyam arguments against Paul’s own. What was their opinion of radical new doctrines disguised as old doctrines?

This book was given me as a gift by Chris Meyers when he was still working on his philosophy dissertation at Loyola University Chicago. His work will probably strengthen the belief that Jesus was to some extent an anti-Roman political revolutionary, Paul a Hellenistic interloper.

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

This is about the wrong course that birthed Catholicism and its offshoot Protestantism into organizations of hatred, intolerance, evil, and extinction. Paul was a Jew in his youth, and served the “elements of the world;” and the Galatians observe the law and serve “elements.

These people all know that the Torah was ordained by God Almighty, Ruler of heaven and earth.

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