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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This book covers the history of the Second Temple period that began with the rise of the Maccabees around BC to the destruction tje the Temple in 70 and a bit beyond.

I read this book, 2nd edition, some years ago. 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. Although most people could be categorized clearly in one group or another, the lines were a bit fuzzy at times.

Cohen’s study was influenced by Wayne A.

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

I always thought that the synagogue was a diasporan invention! The way he describes it, the first centuries were the time of greatest diversity. Aug 19, David rated it liked it Shelves: The end of the book includes extensive bibliography and suggestions for further study for those who maccabeea to go beyond this “introduction.


However, tje remain in applying the definition: It is OK to explain the contributing factors to ancient anti-Judaism, but it seems irrevelant for the purpose of this book to argue about differences with modern anti-Semitism.

Rather, one replaced the other. He treats Jesus as a healer, speaks of “post-resurrection” communities, and considers Paul a very strange Jew, but also a significant Jewish writer of the period and a source of evidence for Jewish language and internal politics. The characterization of Hellenistic Judaism is intriguing, but Cohen is perhaps at his best when outlining what could be called a sociology of the sectarian groups within Second Temple Judaism.

Judaism became less tribal, more individualistic, less political, more religious in its self-definition. The new regimen of study, prayer, ritual, and ethics was incumbent not upon some Part of this was that various sects were ambivalent about the temple; they had seen the combination of corruption and power.

If Christianity mihnah a religion with historical claims and the Old Testament also makes future historical claims the authors claim is problematic. The religious maccabeed social chaos of the day enabled Christianity’s variant ideas to flourish long enough to become stabilized well enough to survive expulsion from Judaism. I suspect that source material is scanty for other regions. Read it closely and carefully, and interact with it rigorously.

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

A particularly interesting quote: I agree, but I’d like to add that most Jews continued to view themselves in terms of nationality first. He likewise includes, in his preface, a protest against the Presbyterian Church USA ‘s position on the Israel-Palestine conflict, which he believes to tye an “obsess[ion] with the sins of Israel” on the part of Christians.


But more than the history of the Apocrypha Professor Cohen takes us through the history of Israel from the time of minor prophets through the years of silence leading up to the New Testament. Jan 04, Ryan rated it really liked it.

A comprehensive analysis of Judaism and its experiences in the Second Temple Period and the transition mmishnah the Rabbinic period. Ah, but some did. Cohen briefly recounts the four major exceptions to Jewish submission. Books thw Shaye J.

A bit dry, but pretty useful and informative. He is trying to argue that canonization led to the genres of commentary, apocalypses, etc.

On the other hand, it is sometimes argued that there was no clear boundary between church and go until several centuries into the Common Era. Cohen describes the rise and fall of the patriarchate, but indicates that the office had little to do with the rabbis eventual triumph.

Isn’t religion important enough to some people that they would have a sense of outrage at the corrupt practices of the high priests?