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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There are no discussion topics on this book yet. In my judgment, Cohen assesses the New Testament, and Christian evidence on the period more generally, scrupulously and even generously: Cohen compares the biblical concept of canonization with literary or artistic canons of classical works; works chosen as the best representatives of their age.

From the Maccabees to the Mishnah by Shaye J. Although most people could be categorized clearly in one group or another, the lines were a bit fuzzy at times. This common Judaism was the unity within the diversity The end of the book includes extensive bibliography and suggestions for further study for those who desire to go beyond this “introduction. This chapter discusses the “separation” that took place between Judaism and Christianity.

Previously read inand turned to again and again as a resource for studying the Second Temple period. Why do the rabbis appear nonsectarian? Jan 04, Ryan rated it really liked it. Here again he seems to be assuming too much. It was interesting that not all priests and aristocrats were Sadducee; some were Pharisee or nonsectarian.

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The most frustrating decision must be the omission of footnotes. Books by Shaye J. The way he describes it, the first centuries were the time of greatest diversity. 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. A timeline of the Second Temple period is one handy feature. The relationships th Jesus, the apostles, the various Jewish sects, the controversies, the intent of the New Testament writings, etc.


The religious and social chaos of the thw enabled Christianity’s variant ideas to flourish long enough to become stabilized well enough to survive expulsion from Judaism.

High priests the term includes their families were so much more powerful than ordinary priests that class tensions were strong. But I would ask, couldn’t their religious differences be the real source of midhnah

For a history book written by a Professor from Harvard I found that this text was completely readable and easy to follow. The way Christians interpret and discuss Jews and Judaism of the period needs to become more nuanced and charitable. Since Judaism was a book religion, translations and paraphrases were important.

A Jew might be accomodating in the political sphere but unyielding in other spheres; there was no uniform approach to the interrelationships of Jews and gentiles. Because this book is organized thematically, I might use a chapter but it doesn’t work as a main textbook for the course. Another loose brick in his foundation is: He also caution that sectarianism is not the same thing as mere diversity. Chapter Eight is new in this Third Edition. I prefer to admit ignorance” p.

Westminster John Knox Press, One thing that characterized the sects was separation; this is also relevant to Jesus’ activities across the social spectrum. Open Preview See a Problem? Priestly rituals were modified to become rituals required for the public.

Some people became more mindful of the rituals than of God. In one example of paraphrase, he noted that Pseudo-Philo and Artapanus added stories to their paraphrases of the Torah. Repentance became a virtue to be practiced by every Jew The first two reviews by David Blair and Bruce Marold are excellent and well worth your read. The priests were corrupt; I think it illegitimate to assume that they were at that time obsessed with genealogical purity.


From the Maccabees to the Mishnah

All opinions offered above are mine unless otherwise stated or implied. Cohen shows that in fact they were neither. This fine slim volume is not a chronological narrative of the feom, but rather exa This work covers the span of about years, during which time Judaism gradually morphed into a “book” religion – its previous incarnation was a Temple-based faith utilizing animal sacrifice as the major form of worship.

Cohen, describes in in a readable way nishnah history of second temple Judaism, and its impact on the development of early Christianity.

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

moshnah Nevertheless, overall, an important work for understanding the developments within Judaism through the Second Temple Period into the Rabbinic era. It was also interesting that he treated Scripture study as a part of prayer.

Very good book, but not organized usefully for my classes. By advocating standards of worship that accommodated more people, the God-fearing group of Christians became larger than the ethnic and pious elite. The description of communal prayers was interesting with some parallels to Christian prayers, specifically the use of first person plural, as we also see in the Lord’s Prayer.