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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From the Maccabees to the Mishnah by Shaye J.

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Wright, which is frankly apologetic: Sometimes summaries make good material for introductory chapters, but it seems that this one does not. However, problems remain in applying the definition: He explores the relationship between Jews and Gentiles and their cultural connections and separations, the range of Gentile reactions fdom 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 sects or lack thereof ; text and canon; development of rabbinic Judaism; he concludes with the separation of Judaism and Macvabees.

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I always thought that the synagogue was a diasporan invention! I think it erroneous to assume that Qumran Jews were typical. He challenges assessments of the reasons for the separation of Judaism and Christianity and is far more sanguine about the “dominance” of the rabbis in Judaism during the Maccabeea and early Byzantine periods.

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For example, the picture of Pharisees in the gospels are more stereotypes and caricatures than what history reveals as reality of the period. Books by Shaye J. I cannot imagine how the prior editions would read, as the book builds thematically toward that chapter. Those familiar with the two previous editions of From the Maccabees to the Mishnah should welcome the revisions made to this third edition.

I should add, in this connection, that my training is in Christian systematic theology, so I am very much a part of this same audience. For instance in location Cohen assumes Ecclesiastes was a product of the Hellenistic period rather than Solomonic in origins. But, like any book, this was only realized after understanding and evaluating the presuppositions therein. Oct 10, Zacharygs rated it liked it. An Introduction to the Jewish Matrix of Christianity.

Although most people could be categorized clearly in one group or another, the lines were a bit fuzzy at times.

There is refreshingly little polemic here, at least on the surface where a non-specialist would notice it.

These are helpful pointers for further study! Ah, but some did. He received his Ph. I suppose other books have lengthier discussions of this topic. Suggestions for Further Reading. Read it closely and carefully, and interact with it rigorously. Cohen’s synthesis of religion, literature, and history offers deep insight into the nature of Judaism at this key period, including the relationship between Jews and Gentiles, the function of Jewish religion in the larger community, and the development of normative Judaism and other Jewish sects.


The only reason I give i This is a survey of Jewish culture, theology and politics from the time of Antiochus IV to the end of the first century, including an overview of the Rabbinic era.

Why do the rabbis appear nonsectarian?

From the Maccabees to the Mishnah

High priests the term includes their families were so much more powerful than ordinary priests that maccabeez tensions were strong.

The primary constituency for a course in “Second Temple Judaism” let alone “The Jewish Background to the New Testament” is, if not Christian, then at least conditioned by prior interest in the New Testament or Christian origins.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. This carried over into early Christian approaches to civil authority Rom. Jan 20, Steven Schwarzman rated go it was ok. He traces some of this back to Ezekiel’s proclamation that each person is rewarded according to his own works. By advocating standards of worship that accommodated more people, the God-fearing group of Christians became larger than the ethnic and pious elite.

But perhaps it was the other maccbaees around.