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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Apr 20, Susan rated it it was amazing Shelves: The fact that the term anti-Semitism was coined in the 19th century doesn’t froj the same attitudes did not exist earlier. But the existence of a benediction against heretics testifies to some concept of self-definition, of drawing lines and ostracizing others – sectarian activities.

What the chapter reve The book describes itself as an introduction to the or so years of Jewish history between the Maccabees to the Mishnah. There is refreshingly little polemic here, at least on the surface where a non-specialist would notice it.

There seems to be several concepts involved in canonization: Jul 04, Emily rated it really liked it Recommends it for: He points out that Ezra was a scribe and could reasonably have legitimated his religious authority with his erudition. Overall an excellent introduction to obviously a complex and transformative time for Jewish history.

Priestly rituals were modified to become rituals required for the public. There is no point in arguing for unity until evidence of diversity has been given.

Nevertheless, overall, an important work for understanding the developments within Judaism through the Second Temple Period into the Rabbinic era. Perhaps meager evidence is evidence in and of itself; perhaps it is only an indication of how much has been lost.


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

No trivia or quizzes yet. Didn’t they expel anyone from the synagogue? A brief history of the rfom years of “formative” Judaism. Many Jewish groups, as private clubs, functioned as miniature poleis. When the text was changeable, was it considered sacred? Cohen speculates about why Jewish literature was so unconcerned about the destruction of the temple.

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

More good than bad, but the parts where his scholarly facade drops or he makes groundless conjectures are hair-tearing-out frustrating. There were fewer points of interest in this chapter, though the basic framework of society is an important building-block for what Cohen may cover in later chapters. Why some books and not others? In reading this book there were some great takeaways while there were also some parts of the book that raised some concerns.

I suppose other books have lengthier discussions of this topic. This book is not yet featured on Listopia.

Chapter Eight is new in this Third Edition. The Sanhedrin was an ad hoc committee controlled by the high priest; I had thought it was a more powerful, independent body. I suppose he will in chapter 3. He lists various differences between them, but does not demonstrate that one evolved into the other.

From the Maccabees to the Mishnah

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.

They also led to ostracism of those who do not have the same practices; Jesus objected to these religious barriers. Students were ghe to contradict the master; hence Jesus’ sharp rebuke of Peter.


In a tribal society, repayment could be given to the tribe in later generations; with a focus on the individual, however, another life and another age was felt necessary. By proclaiming a kingdom, Jesus implied that the existing government was illegitimate and that the leaders were not divinely sanctioned. A chief problem of the requirements is that, by focusing on practice rather than belief, they encourage self-righteousness.

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

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 Mccabees. Click here to sign up. Cohen’s suggestions for further reading p. Description This is the third edition of Shaye J.

Aug 01, Zach Waldis rated it liked it. In this new edition of a best-selling classic, Shaye Cohen offers a thorough analysis of Judaism’s development from the early years amccabees the Roman Empire to the formative period of rabbinic Judaism.

He contrasts the OT anthropomorphic God with the philosophers’ abstract god, but did not explain the result of the conflict between these two concepts. True, rabbis tolerated great diversity of thought, even recording opposing arguments without selecting a winner.

The Dead Sea Scrolls, Volume 7. This was included in Catholic Bibles but is absent in Fhe Bibles.