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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The word does not even appear in the Mishnah! In areas in which the Jews formed social groups such as politeuma, maccabeew meeting-hall function was of greater importance. I prefer to admit ignorance” p. It is a cause for celebration that this book is now available to a new generation of readers.

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From the Maccabees to the Mishnah

Yet Paul describes himself as a Pharisee. However, problems remain in applying the definition: On the maxcabees hand, it is sometimes argued that there was no clear boundary between church and synagogue until several centuries into the Common Era. Rather, one replaced the other. They served as places for prayer, study, and meeting; the relative importance of these three functions differed according to location.


Review and Reaction, Cohen, From Maccabees to Mishnah

He does macxabees directly make this observation, but it seems that this diversity is what allowed the development of Christianity. From the Maccabees to the Mishnah Shaye J. Once again Cohen takes issue with terms. This section was interesting, good reference material, but I had reaction to only a few portions.

Didn’t he say that the people, realizing they were in a post-classical age, looked to the past writings for authoritative tbe This book is not yet featured on Listopia.

The Library of Early Christianity is a series of eight outstanding books exploring the Jewish and Greco-Roman contexts in which the New Testament developed.

Want to Read saving…. His historical look at prayer matches what I already knew.

A comprehensive analysis of Judaism and its experiences in the Second Temple Period and the transition into the Rabbinic mishhah. Open Preview See a Problem?

Cohen mentions but does not elaborate the diversity within Judaism. 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.

The strength of this volume are many, but the weaknesses are equally as numerous. Perhaps Greek-speaking would be descriptive for some, perhaps less-orthodox, syncretistic, or gentile-influenced for others. By proclaiming a kingdom, Jesus implied that the existing government was illegitimate and that the leaders were not divinely sanctioned.

Now completely updated and revised, this book remains the clearest introduction to the era that shaped Judaism and provided the context for early Christianity. Likewise, this telos is a function of the book’s audience.


Tge contrasts the OT anthropomorphic God with the philosophers’ abstract god, but did not explain the result of the conflict between these two concepts.

Did maccabses have custodians? For example, the picture of Pharisees in the gospels are more stereotypes and caricatures than what history reveals as reality of the period. Cohen, describes in in a readable way the history of second temple Judaism, and its impact on the development of early Christianity. Apr 20, Susan rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is the third edition of Shaye J. This is a shame, because as a reader, I much prefer this to the textbook that I am using for that class.

Cohen speculates about why Jewish literature was so unconcerned about the destruction of the temple. It is well written and has a very useful index for finding information on specific form. In this book Shaye Cohen asks that this crucial period in the history of Judaism be considered on its own terms, not merely as a preamble to the story of Christianity.

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