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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Hyram Maccoby, The Myth-Maker

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. Regarding the matter of 1 Cor. Who told Paul he was naked? He considered the Gospel accounts of the hostility between Jesus and the Pharisees as an invention of the Pauline Church, and argued that Jesus himself subscribed to Pharisaic Judaism as revealed in such texts as the Sermon on the Mount.

Nov 13, Matt rated it really liked it. Paul turned his story into the religion of Rome. 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.

Two things stand out most starkly, to me: Well, if they were, there ought to be evidence of it. He is destructive, “ravaging” the flock. Witness his description of the communion, the mcacoby eating of Christ’s flesh and blood: And throughout, he worked to “wean” them away from the worship of God by giving them an almost-identical Christ to worship instead.

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. From these mystical experiences and his reflection on these experiences and his understanding of Judaism, Paul developed the Christian religion; Paul, not Jesus, founded the Christian religion.


Maccoby was educated at Bede grammar school, and read classics, and then English, at Balliol College, Oxford. Since “angels” are more than one, “angels” ordained the law.

Hyam Maccoby Mostly Right About Apostle Paul

Pauline Premises Maccoby summarizes in advance what he hopes to prove in The Mythmaker ; let’s look at that first. In fact, trying to do msccoby misses the point, which is that someone during the process of transmission of the story of Jesus wanted us to think it had. He believed that Jesus was executed as a rebel against the Roman occupation of Judaea.

Why did Jesus reject this? One of the main focuses I really enjoyed this book, but I think that there are many people who would not.

The Mythmaker: Paul and the Invention of Christianity

Now, this conclusion is virtually imperceptable to people who worship God, such as Jews although Maccoby did object to the idea the Torah was ordained by angels: He may have inherited his rhetorical prowess macciby his grandfather, who had arrived in Britain in having been the mafcoby or itinerant religious preacher of Kamenets, his home village in Poland. Thanks for telling us about the problem. To the apostles this amounted to a loss, since their authority was either ignored or diluted.

Maccoby dismisses Klausner and another scholar, Schoeps, by remarking that “it is quite startling to see how unconvincing they are” [64] and accusing them of bias, which is not an argument but a statement of evaluation without support. Paul believed that a person who was “in Christ” was both “dead” hence ‘dead to the lawand the “living husband,” or God, was also “dead.

Having promoted an idea and assumed the reader has accepted it, the writer then proceeds as if the point has macccoby proven rather than merely raised.

Hyam Maccoby Mostly Right About Apostle Paul

But what of the work done by the likes of Ham. As someone who grew up resenting Paul for his misogynistic views, I w 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. When it comes to asserting the Jewishness of Jesus, he stands on firm ground alongside most contemporary scholars.

Nov 30, Wolf rated it really liked it. Jesus may have died for our sins, but he certainly did not die so we might die also.

The first point at which the Synoptic Gospels coincide is the Baptism of John, commonly considered the beginning of Jesus’ ministry. Overall, this book seems to lack scholarly attributes, though raises important questions I would like to see handle Maccoby makes some great points but fails to follow them up with good footnotes which makes his points dubious. Paul and the Invention of Christianity was an interest in seeing how Christianity is viewed by an academic from another religion–in this case, a Jewish Talmudic scholar, Hyam Maccoby.


Kinda sounds like someone did not want Christians to believe things Christians today consider central to their faith, doesn’t it? Ultimately, Maccoby doesn’t completely condemn Paul, but merely thinks that Paul is less original and authoritative than he is given credit for. 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 allegedly destroying anti-semitism, he wishes to prove that Paul was the real villain.

This is the story of how Christianity went wrong and literally became anti-Christ.

The burning question is, how did Paul know, with such utter certainty, that the Galatians were serving anything we cannot say precisely what just yet because we have not determined the value of “elements” by obeying the Commandments? And that’s not because Rome got less imperial and loved the poor! Sin was just another name for God. Here also Maccoby selects from Acts that which suits his case, and discards the rest: Paul can’t be a Pharisee or a rabbinic exegete, because he comes to conclusions that are false by Pharisee thinking.

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. It was a manifestation through myth of the practical situation during Paul’s ministry, when the vast majority of his converts did not consciously reject God or imagine Paul would have wanted them to.

Maccoby deals with Davies and Sanders by the simple expedient of mostly ignoring them or broadly dismissing them. Then there is the warning against false prophets. In making an argument of such weight, I would have preferred he chose fewer points of contention and stuck to those he could backup easily with research.