Ancient Jewish Novels

Ancient Jewish Novels : An Anthology

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In the Greco-Roman period there arose among the Jews a new genre for re-telling Bible stories and for composing new religious stories as well. This genre was the novel. This volume brings together in translation all the ancient Jewish novels and fragments of novels. Included are texts from the Old Testament Apocrypha, several historical novels, and selections from the Testaments of the 12 Patriarchs. Arising at about the same time as the Dead Sea Scrolls and the New Testament, but before the period of Rabbinic Judaism, these texts exhibit a worldliness that reveals the ambiguities and conflicts encountered by Jews in this period. Taken together they constitute a laboratory for uncovering how popular novels arose in the ancient world, and contribute greatly to our understanding of Jewish culture and classical more

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  • Hardback | 308 pages
  • 138 x 209 x 28mm | 481g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195151410
  • 9780195151411

Table of contents

1. Introduction; JEWISH NOVELS; 2. Greek Esther; 3. Susanna and Bel and the Serpent (Greek Daniel); 4. Tobit; 5. Judith; 6. The Marriage and Conversion of Aseneth; JEWISH HISTORICAL NOVELS; 7. Artapanus, On Moses; 8. Third Maccabees; 9. The Tobiad Romance; 10. The Royal Family of Adiabene; JEWISH NOVELISTIC TESTAMENTS; 11. Testament of Joseph; 12. Testament of Job; 13. Testament of Abrahamshow more

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