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Maccoby, Hyam 1924-2004

Works: 69 works in 323 publications in 6 languages and 10,545 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Apologetic writings  Controversial literature  Myths  Drama  Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Historical films  Documentary-style television programs 
Roles: Author, Editor, Interviewee, Translator, Creator, Other
Classifications: BS2506, 225.924
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Most widely held works about Hyam Maccoby
Most widely held works by Hyam Maccoby
Ritual and morality : the ritual purity system and its place in Judaism by Hyam Maccoby( )

24 editions published between 1999 and 2009 in English and Spanish and held by 2,181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book describes in detail the ritual purity system of the Hebrew Bible, and its development into the system of the rabbis. It is argued that the impurities concerned all derive from the human cycle of generation, birth and death, from which the Sanctuary is to be guarded; not because it needs protection from demonic powers (as in other ancient purity systems), but because of the reverence due to the divine presence
Judaism on trial : Jewish-Christian disputations in the Middle Ages by Hyam Maccoby( )

42 editions published between 1982 and 2018 in English and Hebrew and held by 1,360 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book focuses on the major Jewish-Chrisian disputations of medieval Europe: those of Paris (1240), Barcelona (1263), and Tortosa (1413-14)
The philosophy of the Talmud by Hyam Maccoby( )

2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 1,140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book expounds the Talmud's contribution to questions central to present-day thought, expecially the scope and limits of moral relativism. The Talmud has a philosophy of revolution stemming from the Exodus. This produces a humanistic standpoint, an emphasis on this-worldly justice, and a utopian orientation to the future; also an emphasis on education and rationality. The resultant egalitarian structure of research is similar to that of the present-day scientific establishment."--Jacket
The mythmaker : Paul and the invention of Christianity by Hyam Maccoby( Book )

34 editions published between 1986 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 1,005 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author presents new arguments which support the view that Paul, not Jesus, was the founder of Christianity. He argues that Jesus and also his immediate disciples James and Peter were life-long adherents of Pharisaic Judaism. Paul, however, was not, as he claimed, a native-born Jew of Pharisee upbringing, but came in fact from a Gentile background. He maintains that it was Paul alone who created a new religion by his vision of Jesus as a Divine Saviour who died to save humanity. This concept, which went far beyond the messianic claims of Jesus, was an amalgamation of ideas derived from Hellenistic religion, especially from Gnosticism and the mystery cults. Paul played a devious and adventurous political game with Jesus' followers of the so-called Jerusalem Church, who eventually disowned him. The conclusions of this historical and psychological study will come as a shock to many readers, but it is nevertheless a book which cannot be ignored by anyone concerned with the foundations of our culture and society. -- Book jacket
Antisemitism and modernity : innovation and continuity by Hyam Maccoby( )

15 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and held by 671 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses the origins of antisemitism and especially its development in the modern world. Traces antisemitism to religious origins, to the fact that Christianity and Islam are both derived from Judaism and therefore have an Oedipal relationship to Judaism. Argues that non-religious antisemitism is all the more potent because of its unacknowledged religious roots. The modern world never quite emerged from the medieval world, and one of its unwanted legacies is its burden of antisemitism. Some of the chapters in this book are adaptations of articles published in "Midstream" (February & November 1970, May 1973, and March 1976), the "Times Literary Supplement" (25 June 1999), and "The Critical Survey" 3 (1967). Contents:
The sacred executioner : human sacrifice and the legacy of guilt by Hyam Maccoby( Book )

13 editions published between 1982 and 1999 in English and French and held by 625 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A study of myths linked to the ancient ritual practice of human sacrifice, and especially to the position in that ritual of the person who actually performs the sacrifice on behalf of the community. In regard to antisemitism, see ch. 11 (p. 134-146), "The Role of the Jews in the New Testament"; ch. 12 (p. 147-162); and ch. 13 (p. 163-175), "The Sacred Executioner in the Modern World" (this chapter focuses on antisemitic stereotypes of the Jew, including the Jew as usurer, the legend of the Wandering Jew, the Jew as Antichrist)
Revolution in Judaea : Jesus and the Jewish resistance by Hyam Maccoby( Book )

21 editions published between 1973 and 2007 in English and held by 606 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Early rabbinic writings by Hyam Maccoby( Book )

14 editions published between 1988 and 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 594 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rabbinic texts are often cited in New Testament and Old Testament studies, but hitherto there has been no easy way for a student to grasp the scope and variety of the relevant rabbinic writings. This book introduces the student to the full range of the early rabbinic writings, with a thorough introduction and notes, so that both a bird's eye view of the literature as well as close aquaintance with typical and important texts can be obtained. This will enable the reader to embark on further study with a clearer orientation. The book also aims to correct many mistaken views about rabbinic Judaism arising from outdated conceptions of the relation between Christianity and Judaism
Judas Iscariot and the myth of Jewish evil by Hyam Maccoby( Book )

16 editions published between 1991 and 2020 in English and German and held by 475 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this speculative study of the early Church, Hyam Maccoby raises the question of whether anti-Semitism has roots in Christian theology. This would not have been a controversial question a few generations ago, yet strangely, no one formally involved in Jewish-Christian dialogue was willing to be quoted, pro or con, for attribution on the subject. This refusal to discuss a legitimate issue that should deeply concern representatives of both religious groups suggests that Maccoby has hit a nerve. And indeed, that is precisely his intention in this closely argued book about the origin, development, and posthumous career of the shadowy Biblical figure called Judas Iscariot. Maccoby begins by asking, who was Judas, and how did he become the preeminent figure of evil in Christian myth? Maccoby shows that Judas was not marked out for any special role in the earliest accounts, rather he emerges in successive versions as the fated betrayer who leads Jesus to his necessary sacrifice. The Judas story, he concludes, is thus a fabrication which has more to do with the internal quarrels of the early Church--above all with the narrative requirements of a sacrificial myth--than with the actions of any supposed historical character. This mythic role of Judas as a "sacred executioner" is central to the understanding of his story and indeed to the subsequent history of the Jews within Christian civilization. For this role was transferred to the whole Jewish people, who have been branded with precisely those vices of envy, greed, and ultimate disloyalty displayed by Judas in the Gospels. Maccoby traces this association through the literature and art of Christian Europe to the present day--but he maintains that symbols of the Christian myth have greater power in the post-theological age than we realize, precisely because our rationalistic prejudice persuades us that we are immune to subrational influence. Thus, paradoxically, Enlightenment--which Jews regarded as the key to their emancipation--may actually have intensified anti-Semitism by driving the idea of evil to the margins of acceptable discourse. And it is just this "primitive" identification of the Jews as the people of evil that the well-meaning liberal exponents of interfaith dialogue refuse to discuss.--Adapted from dust jacket
Paul and Hellenism by Hyam Maccoby( Book )

10 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 350 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Seeks the origins of later Christian anti-Judaism in Gnosticism and Pauline theology. Describes Gnostic anti-Judaism as directed primarily against the Jewish God and his law, rather than against the Jewish people who are their blind servants. Judaism for the Gnostics is more contemptible than dangerous, since its power is only in this world, to which the Gnostics attached no importance. Suggests that their hostility was aroused by Judaism's claim to equate its God with the higher God of Hellenistic thought. Paul took over much of the Gnostic two-power scheme, including the view of the Jews as blind servants of the Law. Argues that his own anti-Judaism did not go beyond that of the Gnostics. But in seeing the Crucifixion as central to salvation, and in singling out the Jews for a special role in salvation history, he added to the Gnostic two-power theology elements that later took shape as the Christian view of the Jews as Christ-killers and instruments of Satan
Judaism in the first century by Hyam Maccoby( Book )

11 editions published between 1988 and 1989 in English and held by 168 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A pariah people : the anthropology of antisemitism by Hyam Maccoby( Book )

7 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author offers and anthropological explanation for the phenomenon. in making use of anthropological analysis this book provides an explanation of the failure of apparently promising strategies for Normalising the status of Jews
The Day God laughed : sayings, fables, and entertainments of the Jewish sages( Book )

7 editions published between 1978 and 1989 in English and held by 149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jesus the Pharisee by Hyam Maccoby( Book )

5 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Disputation : a theological debate between Christians and Jews by Films for the Humanities( Visual )

7 editions published between 1986 and 2019 in English and held by 118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dramatization of a public theological debate between Judaism and Christianity, held in Barcelona in 1263, which brought to light the basic differences in world attitude between the two religions
Philosophy of the Talmud by Hyam Maccoby( )

11 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in English and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a new presentation of the philosophy of the Talmud. The Talmud is not a work of formal philosophy, but much of what it says is relevant to philosophical enquiry, including issues explored in contemporary debates. In particular, the Talmud has original ideas about the relation between universal ethics and the ethics of a particular community. This leads into a discussion on the relation between morality and ritual, and also about the epistemological role of tradition. The book explains the paradoxes of Talmudic Judaism as arising from a philosophy of revolution, stemming from Jewish
Der heilige Henker die Menschenopfer und das Vermächtnis der Schuld by Hyam Maccoby( Book )

2 editions published in 1999 in German and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

König Jesus : die Geschichte eines jüdischen Rebellen by Hyam Maccoby( Book )

2 editions published in 1982 in German and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ein Pariavolk zur Anthropologie des Antisemitismus by Hyam Maccoby( Book )

1 edition published in 2019 in German and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Der Antisemitismus und die Moderne die Wiederkehr des alten Hasses by Hyam Maccoby( Book )

1 edition published in 2020 in German and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Early rabbinic writings
Judaism on trial : Jewish-Christian disputations in the Middle AgesThe philosophy of the TalmudAntisemitism and modernity : innovation and continuityRevolution in Judaea : Jesus and the Jewish resistanceEarly rabbinic writingsA pariah people : the anthropology of antisemitismJesus the PhariseePhilosophy of the Talmud
Alternative Names
Hyam Maccoby britischer Judaist und Schriftsteller

Hyam Maccoby Brits auteur

Hyam Maccoby historiador britànic

Hyam Maccoby historiador británico

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Hyam Maccoby historien britannique

Maccoby H.

Maccoby H. 1924-2004

Maccoby, Hyam, 1924-

Maccoby, Hyam 1924-2004

Maccoby, Hyam Z.

Maccoby, Hyam Zoundell 1924-2004

Маккоби Х. 1924-2004

Маккоби, Хаям 1924-

חיים מקובי חוקר , ספרן וסופר בריטי

هيم ماكوبى

هيم ماكوبي

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マコービイ, ハイアム

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