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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Attis, Adonis, Osiris, Baal, et al. Because the Temple is the House of God, and the act of “taking a flying leap” from that house is another name for apostasy.

The is no debate, excepting, of course, biblical inerrancists who stand outside of any scholarly pale, that Christianity as we think of it bears little resemblance to what Jesus and his brothers and the later Ebionites believed. And that’s the basics; here are a few other Maccoby miscues to consider: One of the main focuses I really enjoyed this book, but I think that there are many people who would not. This is the story of how Christianity went wrong and literally became anti-Christ.

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.

We are only familiar with Sabbath-observing God-worshippers; which means “angels” must have meant “God” to this author. It then becomes understandable why Paul endured the hardships and persecutions and told all those lies. In fact, trying to do so misses the point, which is that someone during the process of transmission of the story of Jesus wanted us to think it had.

This is wrong however we look at it: What was their opinion of radical new doctrines disguised as old doctrines? 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.


Both are unacceptable as good history. How scholarly he actually is, is revealed in that most chapters have fewer than a dozen footnotes, and in that he tbe he can refutek the likes of Davies, Sanders and Klausner with a single chapter of only 10 to 12 pages. Of course, it is always possible to argue that words do not mean what they appear to say, but such a claim requires at least some form of argumentation.

A very interesting premise that Paul created christianity to fulfill his own religious desires and shortcomings. One reviewer said it made her mom cry and not for warm-fuzzy reasons.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. He provides a lot of evidence for his case, though I thought it was maccboy bit too much when he started to explain Paul’s motivations.

In fact, much of what Maccoby argues in this book works byam the presumption that true Christianity never believed in a divine Jesus, and upon the sort of circular argument we have described above. Reception of Maccoby’s view of Paul has generally been negative. After all ghe word “God” is not a name but a title, and the fact that Paul does not care to bestow the title does not know what is what.

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Maccoby cites four examples of this method from Paul; let’s look at them, all from Romans: That Paul employed deception, and most especially misrepresentation, to convince people to accept the gospel. 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.

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. Likewise, Paul could not have derived his doctrine of the cross simply by meditating on the crucifixion of Jesus: You’ll learn in this book about what the Anti-Christ mythology was originally about and that the Apocalypse is actually the story of getting rid of this religio-political conservative capitalist force of evil, not about eco-collapse and the extermination of humanity.


Paul was a Jew in his youth, and served the “elements of the world;” and the Galatians observe the law and serve “elements. It is commonly defined as the disobedience of God. The two most popular were Gnosticism and the mystery cults.

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.

The similar description of Paul written by the Ebionites in the middle of the second century is a much more reliable source about Paul than the NT, and scholars have neglected this fact for “quite inadequate and tendentious reasons” [xii]. But what sort of condition does “locked up under” signify? What is really happening here is revealed in part by the tribute Maccoby offers to those who funded his work – The Centre for the Study of Anti-Semitism.

Hyam Maccoby Mostly Right About Apostle Paul

Sin can be given a broader definition than simple disobedience of God: It is literally the Anti-Christ. Paul can’t be a Pharisee or a rabbinic exegete, because he comes to conclusions that are false by Pharisee thinking. This is why Republican Christianity is in our day mmythmaker greatest force for evil on the planet.