Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data. Cohen, ShayeJ. D. From the Maccabees to the Mishnah / Shaye J.D. Cohen.— 2nd ed. From the Maccabees to the Mishnah has ratings and 31 reviews. Tsun said: REVIEW AND CRITIQUE Shaye J. D. Cohen, S. From the Maccabees to the. In this new edition of a best-selling classic, Shaye Cohen offers a thorough analysis of Judaism’s development from the early years of the.

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Christianity ceased to be a sect of Jews not only because it expanded beyond Judaism’s ethnic base and did thd keep the rules that the Jews themselves applied primarily to their own ethnic group.

From the Maccabees to the Mishnah, Third Edition (Paper)

Since the temple was a place of prayer, Jerusalem synagogues were primarily places of study. The new religion had legitimacy as one of many sects. This is the third mishhnah of Shaye J. He doesn’t offer evidence for either view. Account Options Sign in. Whenever an author argues at thf about something that isn’t essential for his book, he seems to be grinding an ax. Open Preview See a Problem?

A timeline of the Second Temple period is one handy feature. What the chapter reve The book describes itself as an introduction to the or so years of Jewish history between the Maccabees to the Mishnah.

Because of their ambivalence, they had already made religion relevant away from the temple.


The primary constituency for a course in “Second Temple Judaism” let alone thw Jewish Background to the New Testament” is, if not Christian, then at least conditioned by prior interest in the New Testament or Christian origins. If the equation is false, he simply needs to say so; he does not need to reject the term.

For most people what is found in this book should be more than sufficient to inform and revise many commonly held assumptions about Jews, Judaism: The author begins by establishing definitions and a basic description of the history of the times. Why do the rabbis appear nonsectarian? View all 3 comments. Cohen, describes in in a readable way the history of second temple Judaism, maccaees its impact on the development of early Christianity.

Jews, Christians, and Jewish Christians ca.

Modern readers tend to think of Pharisees, Sadducees, scribes, and the mysterious inhabitants of Khirbet Qumran as analogous ths to modern denominations or to political parties. This work is significant to Christian biblical scholarship because Cohen in his research and presentation completely stands away from the current debate regarding early Judaism and unsurprisingly he presents a complete different picture of the history from that offered by the “New Perspective” scholars such as James Dunn and N.

Cohen remains to be a Jewish Rabbis and historian rather than an interpreter and philosopher. But the existence of a benediction against heretics testifies to some concept of self-definition, of drawing lines and ostracizing others – sectarian activities. I appreciated Tne discussion of proselyte conversion, maccaees, baptism and God-fearing gentiles.


Review of From the Maccabees to the Mishnah by Shaye J. D. Cohen. | Kenneth Cherney –

He explores the relationship between Jews and Gentiles and their cultural connections and separations, the range of Gentile reactions to Jews, the practices and beliefs of the “religion” of the Jews throughout the period; the community of the people and its institutions; the existence and nature of the hte or lack thereof ; text and canon; development of rabbinic Judaism; he concludes with the separation of Judaism and Christianity.

I appreciated his forthrightness, while still finding the apologetic undercurrent a bit distracting. It seems at times that the author is a little too overbearing with the reassessments dare I say deconstruction?

However, problems remain in applying the definition: This sentence seems self-contradictory. The way Christians mavcabees and discuss Jews and Judaism of the period needs to become more nuanced and charitable.

Now I want to read a 19th-c. Does this imply a fundamental weakness in some of Cohen’s arguments?

I prefer to admit ignorance” p. The sects used communal meals as indicators of religious acceptance; this background may be relevant to Jesus’ table fellowship with sinners and to the Lord’s Supper. I found this book useful in writing a paper on First Century Judaism.