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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For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband. In the process, he builds an image of what the Gospel texts synoptics might have looked like before Pauline orthodoxy re-made the story of Macccoby in Paul’s image.

Now, this conclusion is virtually imperceptable to people who worship God, such as Jews although Maccoby did object to the idea the Torah was uyam by angels: To ask other readers questions about The Mythmakerplease sign up.

Okay, what does “under” mean, stripped of its opinionated mqccoby First let us observe Gyam is expressing an opinion in “locked up under: No trivia or quizzes yet. Maccoby points out that Paul never knew Jesus personally and developed his religious views not from any teachings of Jesus that he received from the leaders of Jesus’s Jewish followers Jesus’s brother James and the disciples Peter and Johnbut rather Paul had visionary experiences of Jesus, from which he derived his views.

He may have inherited his rhetorical prowess from his grandfather, who had arrived in Britain in having been the maggid or itinerant religious preacher of Kamenets, his home village in Poland. I think Macoby’s book is an excellent insight into how Jews in Paul’s own time period might have responded to his poaching of God-fearers from their synogogues with what they saw as half-baked, pseudo-Jewish arguments. The real point of this book, and what gave me pause, is that we have a Jew who thinks he is a king who will liberate Isreal from the Romans and create a new Jewish state in peace, and what he becomes is a god-figure in which his own people are blamed for killing him and have suffered the consequences of that blame for the last 2, years.


Compare this with Paul’s “kingdom of Christ.

Hyam Maccoby Mostly Right About Apostle Paul

Almost everything in this book runs counter to conventional wisdom; for instance, his conclusions that Jesus mzccoby probably a Pharisee or that Paul almost ce Early Christianity is a topic most classical historians shy away from, the pool having been muddied by centuries of devotional presupposition.

As we have seen, Paul was of another opinion. You’ll learn in this book about what the Anti-Christ mythology was originally about and that the Apocalypse is actually the story of getting rid of this religio-political conservative capitalist hyan of evil, not about eco-collapse and the extermination of humanity. Because the Temple is the House of God, and the act of “taking a flying leap” from that house is another name for apostasy.

The Mythmaker: Paul and the Invention of Christianity

I remember getting angry when I read this: I will start off by saying I never much cared for Paul, nor for the fact that his writings – all dated decades after the death of Jesus – were the ones that made up most of the New Testament. Overall, this was a fascinating read, but there is not much in the way of scholarship that is new or unusual, and much of Maccoby’s argument is standard fare in the academic community–apart from his startling claim that Paul was not actually Jewish.

Overall, this book seems to lack scholarly attributes, though raises important questions I would like to see handled by a more qualified researcher. Gospels Matthew Mark Luke John. According to Maccoby, Barabbasfrom the Aramaic Bar Abba”Son of 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.

Maccoby cites four examples of this method from Paul; let’s look at them, all from Romans: So then, if she marries another man while her husband is still alive, she is called an adulteress. For what mystic would not strive to advance himself into higher realms of existence, to become as a god?

Macckby was a liar, but he was also a preacher and pastor: May 04, Pabgo rated it it was amazing. View all 6 comments. I doubt if anyone understands the complicated apostle Paul; however, this book opened mmaccoby eyes to a number of interesting possibilities. 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.


As the Jerusalem group of the original disciples of Jesus gradually became aware of Paul’s teachings, bitter hostility ensued between them.

The ultimate proof of God’s goodness is found in the Torah; so if a person were of the opinion that God was evil, and then studied the whole Torah macdoby, and still found himself of the same opinion at the end, it would be proof that God has no authority over that man’s opinion. No wonder this book made someone cry. Why did Jesus reject this?

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Well, to find a proof it is customary to dream up the most extreme example conceivable, and if that example “works” we know any lesser one will also. Nov 13, Matt rated mxccoby really liked it. It is commonly defined as the disobedience of God.

Likewise, patching an old garment with new fabric damages the garment still more. I can imagine Christians would not like this book. Now we know that there were variations within Pharisaism – the schools of Hillel and Shammai were major players, and no doubt there were individual levels of commitment that found varying means of expression.

This sounds 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. 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. Or is this common knowledge for those of us who actually bothered to study Religion at the university? Jesus may have died for our sins, but he certainly did not die so we might die also.

Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world