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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Since “angels” are more than one, “angels” ordained the law. It is something all of humanity is subject to because we are all “in Adam,” in the likeness of Adam. One of the main focuses I really enjoyed this book, but I think that there are many people who would not. After that, Paul had the field to himself.

Hmm, looks kinda like the world is in the same shape as someone “under law,” doesn’t mythmaer

Why was it included in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke? Okay, what does this have to do with Christ? Paul provides two mechanisms, and we presume both operate simultaneously: We are only familiar with Sabbath-observing God-worshippers; which means “angels” must have meant “God” to this author.

Maccoby’s hypothesis is that Christianity as a separate religion didn’t exist until Paul invented it; that Jesus himself never intended to found a church separate from Judaism. We just said Scripture does not “lock up all under sin.

To ask other readers questions about The Mythmakerplease sign up. That man ate of the fruit of this tree clearly implies that man’s “knowledge of good and evil” is beyond God’s direct myth,aker, for men “become as gods in knowing good and evil.

Maccoby argues that Paul was, as Acts asserts though which Paul never mentions in any of his epistlesa native of Tarsus, maaccoby he was not among the Jewish diaspora living in Tarsus; macciby, Maccoby claims that Paul was a Gentile who converted to Judaism. Where Maccoby strays into unusual territory is in his assessment of Paul. Needless to say, none of this makes any sense as long as one believes both Adam and Christ the creation of the same entity.


Pauline sin is something both within and without a person, something with its own “desires and lusts” and commandments and decrees. Paul’s Christ was intended to serve as a kind of substitute for Yahweh during the Interregnum, the transitional period between the Rule of Yahweh and the Rule of the Gnostic deity.

I doubt if anyone understands the complicated apostle Paul; however, thi The author, a Jew and Talmudic scholar, gives an impressive show of imaginative scholarship in his account of Paul as a man of tremendous religious imagination himself having invented ‘Christianity. Today there is another “Maccoby” and he is neither warrior nor priest. Paul used a special type of language which he called “spiritual words,” which he distinguished from the ordinary kind of language, which he called “speaking as a human being.

Maccoby deals with Davies and Sanders by the simple expedient of mostly ignoring them or broadly dismissing them.

The Mythmaker: Paul and the Invention of Christianity

Let us take another mavcoby at Paul’s “legalism: I do not know who wrote this and have been unable to trace it. 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 mythmaksr utopian political movement for which Jesus was both a prophet and messiah political leader.

Fast moving and thorough.

Read in concert with Paul scholarship written by people with diametrically opposed beliefs to Macoby’s own, The Mythmaker does provide good counterbalance to otherwise ridiculous arguments as well as give some voice to those who found Paul’s message to be blasphemous. What is so crazy about saving the universe? Perhaps he was a charlatan in search of greatness, or perhaps he was just delusional. We do get to some specifics, however. Jesus introduced an ambiguity into the world-picture that did not exist in Judaism.

And yet someone “under law” is especially “under” sin, for “you are a slave to whoever you agree to serve, whether sin or righteousness. 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. No wonder this book made someone cry.


His misogynistic teachings and dogmatic approach to the system of philosophy created by Jesus would undoubtedly cause that good man to shudder and be shamed. Paul says he is “dead to the law, crucified with Christ;” and the reason he is dead is that he has been crucified.

He is destructive, “ravaging” the flock. We engage no further details as Maccoby himself provides none we can engage. And of course this is entirely possible: His book is full of what I refer to as “sleight of tongue.

Hyam Maccoby Mostly Right About Apostle Paul

Scholars would recognize the truth of Maccoby’s case if only they weren’t so biased and tendentious. He interprets Galatians 1: The writer may then tell the reader what “we have seen” or what “I have shown” or what they may surmise.

However, he did not claim that Jesus was the leader of an actual armed rebellion. Oct 07, Jengordon rated it really yhe it. Hardcoverpages. He was a Divine Being or, according to liberal Protestants, a divinely inspired man ; he came to transform legalistic, particularistic Judaism into a universal religion of love and grace; he was bitterly opposed by the narrow-minded, self-righteous Pharisees, who handed him over to the Romans on trumped-up political charges; and after his death, the Jews rejected his teaching and persecuted his followers.

Jan 16, Eric Fritz rated it liked it. Rather, Jesus and his followers, inspired by the Tanakh or Old Testament prophetic writings, were expecting a supernatural divine intervention that would end the Roman rule, restore the Davidic Kingdom with Jesus as the divinely anointed monarch, and inaugurate the Messianic age of peace and prosperity for the whole world.

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