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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Luke and Matthew include lengthy birth-narratives, each of which is quite different and therefore unlikely to have originated from a single source, like the sayings of Jesus.

One of Maccoby’s major arguments–and one that has wide currency among non-dogmatic, non-fundamentalist scholars, even C What drew me to The Mythmaker: For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews’ religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it: In sum, these are his beliefs: So, what did Paul serve in his youth?

Bigotry is bigotry whether directed against a class of people or against only one. Suppose this “something” were what Paul meant by “sin? He called himself an “apostle,” literally an ordained missionary of the Church, when in fact he was nothing huam the sort, since his “ordination,” along with his gospel, was also “by revelation.

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Doesn’t everybody know that Christianity as we know it was primarily founded on his teachings and writings? So how can Israel get out of this situation? The traditional Christian account of Jesus goes something like this.


Thus when the Rich Man in Sheol, to prevent his brothers from following him there, petitions to have “someone raised from the dead” to convince them to repent, he is refused: True Christianity, represented by the Jerusalem church led by Peter and James, never believed that Jesus was divine, though they did believe he was the Messiah and had been resurrected.

Immediately following his baptism, Jesus goes off into the desert to fast, and, according to Mark, “to be tempted of the devil. I can imagine Christians would not like this book. Maccoby demonstrates Gnostic and Hellenistic influences, and re-interprets anti-Jewish biblical scenes to suggest that Jesus was mavcoby Pharisee, and Paul was not only not one, but a disappointed one, and not even mythmakdr fully Jewish.

Mythmakeer very interesting premise that Paul created christianity to fulfill his own religious desires and shortcomings. While I do not agree with all of Hyam’s assumptions or conclusions, his analysis of the text is worth considering. And then it came to me: It is a sort mthmaker principle of analogy used to prove one point based on a given fact.

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This is a pretty trenchant critique of one of the founding figures of Christianity. 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. Featured Resource Defining Inerrancy. Klausner he dismisses by simply calling his arguments names “unconvincing” – [61].

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. Gnosticism is radically different from Judaism. The play has been widely performed, and was broadcast by Channel 4 starring Christopher Lee and Toyah Willcox.


The 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. Jesus rejects this because to do so would also make him a servant of the devil and it is written “serve him [the Lord] only.

Hyam Maccoby Mostly Right About Apostle Paul

I really enjoyed this book, but I think that there are many people who would not. In the process, he builds an image of what the Gospel texts synoptics maxcoby have looked like before Pauline orthodoxy re-made the story of Jesus in Paul’s image. Well, Paul was antinomian, he does not want maccoby to obey the commandments of God, and considers it “trespass” if we do for ‘the law entered so the trespass might increase’ ; how does a person who thinks obeying God a bad idea define sin?

The play centres about King James, who is portrayed as a complex, troubled soul who comes to accept the rabbi’s ideas. To ask other readers questions about The Mythmakerplease sign up.

Return to Book Page. 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 the rest of the world.