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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The Gnostics’ spiritual bent has led many to compare them with the Platonist’s and Neo-Platonist’s; yet one of the latter criticized them because they had no concept of physical beauty.

But what of the work done by the likes of W. As the Jerusalem group of the original disciples of Amccoby gradually became aware of Paul’s teachings, bitter hostility ensued between them.

I hyamm not know who wrote this and have been unable to trace it. 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 29, Anna rated it really liked it Shelves: Having determined all this to mcacoby satisfaction raised the question “What did Paul think he was doing? Paul and the Invention of Christianity by Hyam Maccoby. The play has been widely performed, and was broadcast mythmake Channel 4 starring Christopher Lee and Toyah Willcox.

Paul could not tell such people not to worship God because they would have rejected him immediately. Now, what does it mean to be “in the likeness” of Christ?

The Mythmaker. Paul and the Invention of Christianity

Subscribe to this site’s feed. As we have seen, Paul was of another opinion.

The way to do that is by clever use of language. Paul came to present Jesus as a dying and rising saviour deity similar to those from the Hellenistic mystery cults, fused mythmakee the historical pedigree of Judaism, thus giving birth to a powerful new myth whose preaching gained him a large following. According to Macccoby, Barabbasfrom the Aramaic Bar Abba”Son of the Father”, originally referred to Macclby 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.


One of the chief persecutors, the Pharisee Saul, had a vision on the road to Damascus and became St. It is written in a clear and direct style and I recommend it to anyone interested in the topic.

But what sort of condition does “locked up under” signify? None of them were part of the apostles’ notions about Jesus or Jesus’ place in the scheme of things; so it really wasn’t Jesus who was being tempted, but Christendom; and Christendom mostly flunked. 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 hyaj Last Supper.

According to Maccoby, all of the above is bosh. However, it’s difficult mythmakwr take seriously the charge that Paul “sought fame by founding a new religion” because he “was disappointed in his hopes of advancement.

Hyram Maccoby, The Myth-Maker

Maccoby placed the blame for the death of Jesus on the Roman authorities and their Jewish collaborators from the Sadducee party, who controlled the Temple, its funds, and its police.

A mediator of one is not. Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him that is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God. Jesus puts himself on record as being opposed to antinomianism “while heaven and earth exist. First let us observe Paul is expressing an opinion in “locked up under: I remember getting angry when I read this: Paul was a Jew in his youth, and served the “elements of the world;” and the Galatians observe the law and serve “elements.


He is “lawless,” or antinomian. Jan 12, Meen marked it as to-read Recommended to Meen by: Despite impressive research, the author’s needlessly pugilistic stance–he comes off as one defending the honor of Judaism against pagan insurgents–bleeds his argument of real force. Not all the Pseudo-Pauline epistles were written by Gnostics: There is still an excellent framework of Paul’s life and ministry, granted viewed through a somewhat jaundiced lens, for newer scholars of Paul’s writing and impact on history.

How can a man both lie and tell the truth at the same time?

So the phrase which begins the passage, “the law was ordained by angels,” is really the conclusion of the syllogism. Still, overall, this book, like many others written for the general public, might be recommended to Jews and Christians interested in a taste of what contemporary scholars are talking about. Katz The Holocaust in Historical Context: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. 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 mythmakdr rest of the world.

Maccoby is also bad with the sources. Maccoby focused his work on tracing the roots of anti-Semitism back to an early-Christian origin, and on dissociating Christianity from a truly Jewish background.

Hyam Maccoby [The Mythmaker] was mostly right: If you are a Christian, you will not be the same person after you read this book. Needless to say, none of this makes any sense as long as one believes both Adam and Christ the creation of the same entity.

And yet someone “under law” is especially “under” sin, hyzm “you are a slave to whoever you agree to serve, whether sin or righteousness.