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Bibil Identifier bibil:69799
Publication Type Book
Title (English, Long) Ancient Jewish Novels. An Anthology
Author Wills, Lawrence M.
Year (Publication) 2002
Year (Copyright) 2002
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2002
Year (Reference) 2002
Library BCU/Dorigny, Lausanne
Signature UMA 96574
Place 228.05=20
Publishing house Oxford University Press
Place Oxford et al.
ISBN 0-19-515142-9
Edition number 1
Language English
Pages 298 Pages
x Pages
height in cm 22
Genre Original
Abstract The present collection makes available in fresh translations all of the ancient examples of the Jewish novels, and introduces them for the student and general reader. The texts are divided into three categories: novels, historical novels, and testaments, and each text is given its own introduction. Similarities and differences are discussed in regard to other ancient popular literature, such as Greek novels, Roman novels, Christian novels, and Apocryphal Acts, and the distinction between fiction and history is explored. Jewish identity and the competition of ethnic groups are generally the themes, but with the large number of women characters, we are also afforded insights into gender constructions in Jewish popular literature. The protagonists of Jewish novels are often figures otherwise unknown to Jewish history, but are sometimes also biblical patriarchs (Moses, Joseph, Abraham, Job), although their stories are told here in a way surprisingly different from what is found in the Hebrew Bible. There are also possible allusions to Jewish mysticism and mysteries in some of the texts.The texts are: Greek Esther, Susanna, and Bel and the Dragon (or Bel and the Serpent) from Greek Daniel, Tobit, Judith, Third Maccabees, The Marriage and Conversion of Aseneth (or Joseph and Aseneth), The Tobiad Romance, The Royal Family of Adiabene, the Testament of Joseph, the Testament of Job, and the Testament of Abraham. Some of the novels are found in the Old Testament Apocrypha, while others derive from other sources, such as Josephus or the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs.
DOI 10.1093/0195151429.001.0001
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Writings : Megilloth : Esther : Greek Esther
Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Writings : Daniel : Greek Daniel
Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Deuterocanonical : Tobit
Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Deuterocanonical : Judith
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha : Apocryphal Texts relating to Old Testament Characters or Events : Texts : Patriarchs : Joseph and Asenath
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Religious Parties and Movements : Hellenistic Judaism : Artapanus
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha : Apocryphal Texts relating to Old Testament Characters or Events : Texts : Maccabees : 3 Maccabees
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha : Apocryphal Texts relating to Old Testament Characters or Events : Texts : Patriarchs : Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha : Apocryphal Texts relating to Old Testament Characters or Events : Texts : Job : Testament of Job
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha : Apocryphal Texts relating to Old Testament Characters or Events : Texts : Abraham : Testament of Abraham
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