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The Mythmaker: Paul and the Invention of Christianity

MacCoby, Hyam

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ISBN 10: 0060155825 / ISBN 13: 9780060155827
Published by Harper & Row, New York, 1986
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Title: The Mythmaker: Paul and the Invention of ...

Publisher: Harper & Row, New York

Publication Date: 1986

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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Biblical Studies; Jewish interpretations; New Testament; Non-Fiction; Origin; Paul, the Apostle, Saint; Person and offices; Reader's Catalog; Reference; Religion

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Maccoby's book, written for the intelligent general reader, presents in clear and persuasive but controversial form his thesis that Paul synthesized Judaism, Gnosticism, and mystery religion to create Christianity as a cosmic savior religion. According to Maccoby, Paul's Pharisaism was his own invention, though actually he was probably associated with the Sadducees. Maccoby attributes the origins of Christian anti-Semitism to Paul and claims that Paul's view of women, though inconsistent, reflects his Gnosticism in its antifeminist aspects. A Talmudic scholar, Maccoby believes that Paul's wide variance from the Jerusalem Church (Nazarenes, under James and Peter) led to the separation of Christianity from Judaism. Recommended for theological and larger public libraries. Carolyn M. Craft, English, Philosophy & Modern Languages Dept., Longwood Coll., Farmville, Va.
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