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

I cannot imagine how the prior editions would read, as the book builds thematically toward that chapter. The strength of this volume are many, but the weaknesses are equally as numerous. Jerusalem and the temple will be restored to their former glory and God’s annointed one messiah shall reign securely, All of these eschatological doctrines This is perhaps another reason the religious authorities reacted strongly against him. A History of Israel, Fourth Edition.

Sectarianism would foster apocalyptic thought, especially eschatological speculation, but the dualistic social perspective seems antecedent. Cohen’s take, in brief, is that the ways did not part, because they never ran together in the first place.

This book was provided to me free by Westminster John Knox Press and Net Galley without any obligation for a positive review. In the Hellenistic period, he says, the books were closed, even though their texts remained fluid p.

Read it closely and carefully, and interact with it rigorously. A bit dry, but pretty useful and informative.

Such is the balance of power. I like his working definition of a sect entailing social separation and claim for exclusive truth p. The way Christians interpret and discuss Jews and Judaism of the ti needs to become more nuanced and charitable.

The Gospels open on a world entirely different from the one on which t Old Testament closed. This idea seems to contradict the documentary theories that Cohen seems to accept. I suspect that he is summarizing information that will come in a later chapter.


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

Why do the rabbis appear nonsectarian? Those familiar with the two previous editions of From the Maccabees to the Mishnah should welcome the revisions made to this third edition.

I think it erroneous to assume that Qumran Jews were typical. Cohen compares the decree of Acts 15 with a formula tue the Bar Kokhba period p. Anti-Judaism wasn’t anti-Semitism, Cohen argues at length, but he is giving semantic distinctions more emphasis than I think they are worth. The mmishnah begins by establishing definitions and a basic description In reading this book there were some great takeaways while there were hte some parts of the book that raised some concerns.

All opinions offered above are mine unless otherwise stated or implied. I read this book, 2nd edition, some years ago. From the Maccabees to the Mishnah remains the clearest introduction to the era that shaped Judaism and provided the context for early Christianity. Some synagogues may have been publicly owned, but most seem to have been privately controlled, another point favoring doctrinal diversity. I suppose if maccaabees is any value in it, it is a concise summary of a liberal perspective on the Canon.

One reason is the elimination of the temple, which had been a focus of sectarian dispute. Last book of !! I am not sure which step Cohen is dealing with at various points.

He explores the relationship between Jews and Gentiles and their tye 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 sects or lack thereof ; text and canon; development of rabbinic Judaism; he concludes with the separation of Judaism and Christianity.

Selected pages Title Page. Now completely updated fhe revised, this book remains the clearest introduction to the era that shaped Judaism and provided the context for early Christianity. I received a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Books by Shaye J. As a speculation, I note that during the time of Christ, sects were divided over the legitimacy of the temple and of the civil state.


The purpose ths rituals was to keep the people aware of God, so more rituals were developed. In this book Shaye Cohen asks that this crucial period in the history of Judaism be considered on its own terms, not merely crom a preamble to the story of Christianity. Some sects had a three-year probationary tue this makes me think of the period of Jesus’ disciples’ training.

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

Wright’s summary of the themes of early Judaism Monotheism, Tl, EschatologyCohen concludes, “” This new edition includes a brand-new chapter on the parting of ways between Jews and Christians in the second century CE.

The inclusion of this chapter is the primary reason for this review despite the fact that the book was first published in However, his point is valid: He argues tne this is appropriate in a work of history rather than theology, and would probably not agree misynah this in itself demonstrates a certain philosophical if not theological orientation. For most Christians we have not read the history of the Jews that is found most commonly in the Apocrypha.

The growth of Christianity may have also provided a stimulus to Judaism’s need to define what it was and which traditions and rabbis would be followed. This fits in with his emphasis on syncretism in chapter 2C. Ah, but some did. Another interesting fact was that the schools were not perpetual; they died with the master.