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 section was interesting, good reference material, frlm I had reaction to only a few portions. He doesn’t offer evidence for either view. Cohen does tend to use “I” too much. Westminster John Knox Press, The Dead Sea Scrolls, Volume 7. Wright, which is frankly apologetic: It was interesting that rabbinic thought was so cut off from the world that some rabbis hadn’t misgnah heard of Plato or Aristotle. It was also interesting that he treated Scripture study as a part of prayer.

It is scholarly but written for even the layman to understand.

Review and Reaction, Cohen, From Maccabees to Mishnah

This maccabeex Judaism was the unity within the diversity 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. Ah, but some did. These are helpful pointers for further study!

May 07, Tommi Karjalainen rated it liked it. Oct 10, Zacharygs rated it liked it. Preexilic Israel believed that God administered justice in this world. The righteous and the wicked were not always the direct recipients of God;s attentions, because God could reward or punish their offspring in their stead emphasis fhe the collective. However, Cohen writes from a predominantly liberal Jewish perspective and his presuppositions can be seen on almost every page—especially the material on canonization and its implications.


The council of Jamnia did not have the authority to dictate a canon. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. This is great brief account of Jewish history from the early years of the Roman empire to formative period of rabbinic Judaism.

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

Rabbinic texts with some notable exceptions do not reflect anti-Christian polemics so much as a general disinterest; in fact, given the volume of this material, the relative scarcity of references to Christianity is remarkable. Since the temple was a place of prayer, Jerusalem synagogues were primarily places of study.

The purpose of rituals was to keep the people aware of God, so more rituals were developed. Christianity made religion meaningful to the masses, made piety attainable even by the Gentiles.

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 I am not sure which step Cohen is dealing with at various points. The Sanhedrin was an ad hoc committee controlled by the high priest; I had tye it was a more powerful, independent body.

Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a mmishnah link. As a mccabees, I note that during the time of Christ, sects were divided over the legitimacy of the temple and of the civil state.

This was the most interesting part of the chapter – a comparison of pre-exilic and second temple people and religion. I appreciated his insistence that Second Temple Judaism and Gentile paganism, for that matter were not creedal, based on belief, as Christianity and Islam would be, but orthopraxic in nature.

Yes, doing so will challenge us in how to mizhnah and present new understandings, and it will challenge our congregations. He traces some of this back to Ezekiel’s proclamation that each person is rewarded according to his own works.


From the Maccabees to the Mishnah

On the other hand, it is sometimes argued that there was no clear boundary between church and synagogue until several centuries into the Common Era. Cohen does a great job at opening up the Maccabean and 1 Century Jewish world for us. It is also a helpful reference for pastors and teachers seeking to better understand the Bible.

Apr 20, Susan rated it it was amazing Shelves: This was a thought-provoking section. Because they looked to written material, they needed a community-accepted corpus of authoritative writings. Families in Ancient Israel. Refresh and try again.

He likewise includes, in his preface, a protest against the Presbyterian Church USA ‘s position on the Israel-Palestine conflict, which he believes to reflect an “obsess[ion] with the sins of Israel” on the part of Christians. Cohen examines three spheres of life and the degree to which gentile ideas influenced Jews.

I was not required frmo write a positive review. Read it closely and carefully, and interact with it rigorously.

From the Maccabees to the Mishnah by Shaye J.D. Cohen

This is actually likely a fine book for beginning studies, but it doesn’t really delve deeply into Early Judaism. Because this book is organized thematically, I might use a chapter but it doesn’t work as a main textbook for the course. The inscriptions give evidence. This book was provided to me free by Westminster John Knox Press and Net Galley without any obligation frkm a positive review. I read this book, 2nd edition, some years ago.

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