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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Here again he seems to be assuming too much. Another possible explanation is that sects disappeared after 70 because the Essenes and Sadducees were wiped out by the Romans and Pharisaism became the default norm.

In this new edition of a best-selling maccabeee, Shaye Cohen offers a thorough analysis of Judaism’s development from the early years of the Roman Empire to the formative period of rabbinic Judaism. I was not required to write a positive review. Read it closely and carefully, and interact with it rigorously. Cohen defends his decision to treat the rabbinic period as a whole, rather than breaking it into the tannaic Mishnah and the amoraic Talmud periods.

This conclusion has relevance to the authority of the Jamnia conference. 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.

Second Temple Ghe supplemented the temple with the synagogue and the priest with scribes who were learned teachers. Chapter 8 is the best section of “new” material as it takes you from the Jewish culture and history to that of Christianity. How many books published in the s are still useful today, let alone continue to remain required macfabees Be the first to ask a question about From the Maccabees to the Mishnah.

They said that unbelieving Jews would have no reward in the afterlife, but there was no social penalty in this age. To be sure, sects tried to interpret the scriptures to support their other points, but Cohen gives no evidence that the debate centered on mishnha method rather than result. He is trying to argue that canonization led to the genres of commentary, apocalypses, etc.


I prefer to admit ignorance” p. The Gospels open on a world entirely different from the one on which the Old Testament closed. Account Options Sign in. Form prior reviewer contrasts Cohen’s account to that of N.

In the political sphere, the general response was Jewish submission, based on the teaching of Jeremiah. Cohen’s main point is that the debates centered on practice, not theology.

Cohen remains to be a Jewish Rabbis and historian rather than an interpreter and philosopher. Because this book is organized thematically, I might use a chapter but it doesn’t work as a main textbook for the course. The council of Jamnia did not have the authority to dictate a canon. 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, th 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 Roman Empire to the formative period of rabbinic Judaism.

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The relevance of Noahide laws, or the concept thereof, to Acts 15 is also interesting, though I suspect we don’t have enough information to make any firm connection. I think that anti-Judaism is a mxccabees term, for both modern and ancient animosities, simply maccsbees it identifies which Semitic group is the target of animosity.

He offers no evidence. Selected pages Title Page. Cohen emphasizes the important role that the influential but corrupt temple played in sectarianism: 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. This sentence seems self-contradictory. In reading this book there were some great takeaways while there were also some parts of the book that raised some concerns.


It was also interesting that he treated Scripture study as a part of prayer. Priestly rituals were modified to become rituals required for the public. Repentance became a virtue to be practiced by every Jew This telos, in retrospect, governs his prior account of Jewish practice, social organization, and belief.

Now completely updated and revised, this book remains the clearest introduction to the era that shaped Judaism and provided the context for early Christianity.

I read this book, 2nd edition, some years ago. Another reason, I suspect, is that the Jews saw that their infighting had led to their military defeat.

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

Cohen compares the biblical concept of canonization with literary or artistic canons of classical works; works chosen as the best representatives of their age. As pastors we need to stop perpetuating inaccurate tto and traditions when accurate ones are available. Cohen, describes in in a thw way the history of second temple Judaism, and its impact on the development of early Christianity. Just as God will reestablish justice for the individual, he shall do so for the nation by destroying the yoke of the nations and restoring the sovereignty of the people of Israel.

Christian or rabbinic bias.

He tends to read more Mishnah tradition into the early traditions.