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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Now Paul does not quote the sayings of Jesus in the Synoptic Gospels; this suggests he did not know them, and the likeliest reason for this is that the apostolic gospel postdates Paul’s ministry. However, there is an abundance of indirect evidence, or maybe cryptic evidence.

Maccony mystery religionsaccording to Maccoby, were the dominant religious forms in the Hellenistic world of that age and so, would have strongly influenced Paul’s mythological psychology.

The Mythmaker: Paul and the Invention of Christianity by Hyam Maccoby

May 04, Pabgo rated it it was amazing. Not all the Pseudo-Pauline epistles were written by Gnostics: Pauline Premises Maccoby summarizes in advance what he hopes to prove in The Mythmaker ; let’s look at that first.

Paul was a liar, but he was also a preacher and pastor: Mar 26, Charlie rated it really liked it Shelves: This is a fascinating history about something that so many people take for mythamker.

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. What was wrong with that?


To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Where Maccoby strays into unusual territory is in his assessment of Paul. The Mythmaker shows how Paul took the teachings of the Nazarenes and combined them with the mystery cults and Gnostic teachings to create his very own new religion, completely revising the original teachings and twisting them to fit his own scheme.

Maccoby has merely replaced the bigotry of those who willfully misinterpreted the writings of Paul for their own purposes with a bigotry of his own – directed solely against Paul.

Hyam Maccoby Mostly Right About Apostle Paul

Well, “locked-up” signifies inability to escape, and “under” signifies subservience, subjection, bondage, etc. Dunn describes Maccoby’s revival of Graetz’ accusations that Paul was a Gentile as “a regrettable reversion to older polemics”. Refresh and try again.

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 tthe.

His work will probably strengthen the belief that Jesus was to some extent an anti-Roman political revolutionary, Paul a Hellenistic interloper. Well, if they were, there ought to be evidence of it. 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.

But Maccoby builds his case on centuries of Talmudic and New Testament scholarship; and his reasoning, though daring, is scrupulous. 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.


However, this is a trade book that is a distillation of a scholarly work, so perhaps these issues are explored more fully in that other book. mythmakr

I found this text to be most illuminating and it helped me to revise my opinions of Paul slightly – from a raving misogynistic fanatic to a very sad man who mythmaksr couldn’t find anyone to love him and who wanted to raise himself to a level that fit his own inflated mythmkaer of self.

Finally, a catalog of insults that Maccoby heaps upon Paul. Paul and the Invention of Christianity by Hyam Maccoby.

Stronger arguments than Maccoby’s are necessary to contest these assertions. Jesus did not see himself as God incarnate and did not see himself as coming to die for the sins of myth,aker world by serving as an atoning sacrifice.

Fast moving and thorough. Return to Book Page. Why did Jesus reject this? The argumentations starts out as a slow accumulation of discrepancies in the biblical accounts of Jesus and Paul. They knew God created the heavens and the earth and everything in it; if God is not beautiful, how could myghmaker He created be beautiful?