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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If you are a Christian, you will not be the same person after you read this book. Since I don’t have a horse in the race I’m an atheistI didn’t mind the book’s polemical stance about Paul.

Want to Read saving…. But what sort of condition does “locked up under” signify? 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. Web site Copyright Lewis Loflin, All rights reserved. I really enjoyed this book, but I think that there are many people who would not. There is still an excellent framework of Paul’s life and ministry, granted viewed through 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 Talmudic arguments against Paul’s own.

Paul could not tell such people not to worship God because they would have rejected him immediately. Their work is cited only seven times in pages, and never in relation to evidence. A Christian would have had to perform considerably more ideological manipulation; he would have had to decide which god Jesus was the son of, for example: On the other hand, if the “father” of Adam and the “father” of Christ are different entities, then the story is quite different: Almost everything in this book runs counter to conventional wisdom; for instance, his conclusions that Jesus was 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.


These passages also show that Paul could not have believed the law “abrogated,” or nullified, for there can be no effect from obeying a nullified law, and if there is an effect there can be no nullification. Maccoby, a Talmudic scholar from London’s Leo Baeck College, will inflame many with his contention that Paul, not Jesus, was the true founder of Xianity. 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.

Hyam Maccoby

According to Maccoby, Paul fused the historical story of Jesus’ crucifixion with elements of contemporary mystery religions and Gnosticism, developing such new non-Judaic mythic ideas as the Trinity and the Last Supper. I thought it was well th the read. He says the believer has “been buried with him in the likeness of his death” so he might be “resurrected with him in the likeness of his resurrection.

Still, overall, this book, like many others written for the general public, might be recommended hya, Jews and Christians interested in a taste of what contemporary scholars are talking about. With this the meaning of madcoby final part becomes clear: What was so important about the crucified Christ? Views Read Edit View history.


And yet someone “under law” is especially “under” sin, for “you are a slave to whoever you agree to serve, whether sin or righteousness. The Gnostics’ spiritual bent has led many to compare them with the Platonist’s and Neo-Platonist’s; maccobg one of the latter criticized them because they had no concept of physical beauty.

Maccoby argued that the real Jesus was not a rebel against the Jewish lawbut instead a Jewish Messianic claimant whose life and teaching were within the mainstream of first-century Judaism.

This much of The Mythmaker I had to agree with after examining the evidence, even though I was extremely reluctant to part with the idea he had been a Pharisee. Paul and the Invention of Christianity by Hyam Maccoby. Now, what does it mean to be “in the likeness” of Christ? But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.

According to Scripture, “gnosis,” the knowledge of good and evil, was the hyqm way this was possible; so that is what they did.

For instance, Paul claims and was claimed to be a Pharisee. It was like mccoby man who sold new wine in old bottles: Once again, all he does here is argue in circles.

Unfortunately for Jesus, his calculations about himself and God’s performance of a miracle were wrong, and the Romans crucified him as a rebel.