Hyam Maccoby. But Maccoby’s is not simply a hermeneutic of suspicion. Maccoby concludes that Paul cannot have been a Pharisee, that his claims are. Best Condition. Acceptable. $ Add to Cart. The Day God Laughed: Sayings, Fables & Entertainments of the Jewish Sages. Hyam Maccoby. from: $ Hyam Maccoby [The Mythmaker] was mostly right: 1. Paul was not Maccoby was also right about something else, which I shall go into in greater depth later on.

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If Adam was “in the likeness” of God, and Christ was also “in the likeness of God,” for Paul says this and he should knowthen the only thing the believer is accomplishing by the exercise is an exchange of middle-men.

Lots in this book, and worth reading if you have any interest in where Christianity may have come from. I can imagine Christians would not like this book. This is the only place in the New Testament where the devil puts in an appearance after all. Paul preached “salvation by faith,” that is, by belief; yet, he did not believe in the Christian gospel himself. Antinomianism was an inseparable part of Paul’s teaching.

Historical Jesus Theories: Hyam Maccoby

This book helps me better understand the underpinnings of the Christian church and the dominance of the Apostle Paul in creation of Christian dogma. Maccobby 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.

A historical brief of questionable reliability–but undeniably fascinating. Finally, a catalog of insults that Maccoby heaps upon Paul.

Unlike other messianic claimants, Jesus was not a violent revolutionary but thought that God himself would usher in the kingdom of God by overthrowing Israel’s Roman oppressors through a miracle and then installing Jesus as king.

No trivia or quizzes yet. In retirement he moved to Leedswhere he held an academic position at the Centre for Jewish Studies, University of Leeds. Dunn describes Maccoby’s revival of Graetz’ accusations that Paul was a Gentile as “a regrettable reversion to older polemics”.


No one suspected, or wanted to suspect, that Paul was the enemy who sowed false teachings among the good, the “wolf in sheep’s clothing” as we say today, who took the guise of an apostle in order to proselytize Gentiles in Jewish synagogues, making capital on their leader’s reputation as a pious man in order to “lead the people astray. His particular Jewish perspective on Jesus, Paul and earliest Christianity was a revelation.

Klausner he dismisses by simply calling his arguments names “unconvincing” – [61]. Since “angels” are more than one, “angels” ordained the law. Thus in rejecting it Jesus cites the Commandment forbidding apostasy, “Do not put the Lord your God to the test. Ultimately, Maccoby doesn’t completely condemn Paul, but merely thinks that Paul is less original and authoritative than he is given credit for.

Bigotry is bigotry whether directed against a class of people or against only one.

When arguments do appear in the book, they generally take the form of assertions” p “As such it is but the mirror image of traditional Maccogy apologetic treatments of Mwccoby, couched in a polemic against the Pharisees.

Jul 13, Rob rated it liked it. 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. These expectations were not fulfilled and Jesus was arrested and executed by the Romans. Gnosticism is radically different from Judaism.

Thus Paul’s distress with the Galatians makes perfect sense: If using this material on another site, please provide a link back to my site.

The Mythmaker: Paul and the Invention of Christianity

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. The play has been widely performed, and was broadcast by Channel 4 starring Christopher Lee and Toyah Willcox. One evidence of Paul’s rabbinic background is that he uses a typical rabbinic exegetical method called qal va-homer – or “light and heavy”.


These people all know that the Torah was ordained by God Almighty, Ruler of heaven and earth. This sounds as if the author of the epistle were one of the “perfect” disciples of Paul, acquainted with the “mystery” of the Secret Gospel of Paul. According to Maccoby, Barabbasfrom the Aramaic Bar Abba”Son of the Father”, originally referred to Jesus 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.

There is also no attempt being made by Paul at a “logical” argument, so it is misplaced to attack Paul’s “logic” or his “form.

The weakest part of the book was where he tried to psychoanalyze Paul and what happened on the road to Damascus. 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.

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

Maccoby was educated at Bede grammar school, and read classics, and then English, at Balliol College, Oxford. It is written in a clear and direct style and Macvoby recommend it to anyone interested in the topic.

They can, however, be deciphered. The central thesis of another work, The Mythmaker: 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.

Once again, all he does here is argue in circles. He wants us to stop being human beings subject to the Ruler of the Universe, in the only way, legally, this can be brought about: