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 fine slim volume is not a chronological narrative of the period, but rather examines various aspects of how Judaism changed and developed or not during this tumultuous era. The root of the word seems to be Zadok, a priestly lineage also claimed at Qumran!

He seemingly to defend himself against Christian accusations said that ethics love for neighbor was as important as ritual love for Godbut he didn’t describe what Jewish ethics entailed. A msihnah dry, but pretty useful and informative. The inscriptions give evidence. Cohen again emphasizes diversity of schools of thought.

He notes that he treats Palestinian Judaism only; that makes me wonder whether other regions had significant differences, and whether those differences affect the conclusions he presents in this book. 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.

They were only marginally religious. The new religion had legitimacy as one of many sects. Cohen documents the influence of Greek language, even within rabbinic circles, but I think he assumes too much when he says that the Qumran scrolls demonstrate that Hebrew was the predominate literary language of the time p. There seems to be several concepts involved in canonization: We do not understand why the schools of Hillel and Shammai did not separate from one another; this fact suggests that we do not know enough about sectarian psychology or doctrine to enable us to explain the dynamics of what happened after the destruction of the temple.


Privacy Policy Terms of Use. Any American Jew writing frlm Christians knows what questions are likely interest them. The author of Chronicles, a mishnsh of the Persian or early Hellenistic period, implemented this mishnay in his revision of the book of Kings.

Christianity made religion meaningful to the masses, made piety attainable even by the Gentiles. Didn’t he say that the people, realizing they were in a post-classical age, looked to the past writings for authoritative guidance? 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. So these rabbis saw Judaism as only one sect of a more universal religion – a sect focusing on social separation rather than exclusive truth.

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Aug 01, Zach Waldis rated it liked it. What was especially interesting is the way prayer supplemented and eventually replaced sacrifices, making participation in the religion accessible to more people. Cohen does not address this. By predicting the destruction of the maccabews, he implied it was illegitimate. Yet this book has managed to be in print for decades and it is on its third edition.

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. Feb 15, Jennifer Maddox – Watson rated it it was ok.

Sectarianism would foster apocalyptic thought, especially eschatological speculation, but the dualistic social perspective seems antecedent. Cohen also assume the existence of more than one Isaiah. The history of darash was interesting – moving from seeking God to seeking the Torah.


Chapter 8, which treats the latter subject, is new material in the edition. 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. Cohen compares the decree of Acts 15 with a formula of the Bar Kokhba period p.

Students were not to contradict the master; hence Jesus’ sharp rebuke of Peter. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

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

Review and Reaction, Shaye J. For most Christians we have not read the history of the Jews that is found most commonly in the Apocrypha.

However, his point is valid: His discussion of theology was not particularly illuminating. This is a shame, because as a reader, I much fhe this to the textbook that I am using for that class.

I learn more every time I re-read this book.

It seems reasonable that proto-sectarianism existed, but some of Cohen’s auxiliary lines of argument seem suspect. Especially valuable for esta A classic, not without it’s flaws, but worth reading for anyone who wants a basic understanding of the Second Temple period.

From the Maccabees to the Mishnah

The Gospels open on a te entirely different from the one on which the Old Testament closed. Sectarian grounds in Judaism often clash on three points: Whenever an author argues at length about something that isn’t essential for his book, he seems to be grinding an ax. He doesn’t offer evidence for either view. Library of Early Christianity, volume 7.

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