Ancient Jewish novels : an anthology

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Ancient Jewish novels : an anthology

edited and translated by Lawrence M. Wills

Oxford University Press, 2002

  • : pbk

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Includes bibliographical references and index

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ISBN 9780195151411

内容説明

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 civilization.

目次

  • 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 Abraham
巻冊次

: pbk ISBN 9780195151428

内容説明

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 for the first time and in fresh, lively translations all of 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 twelve 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 marvellous laboratory for uncovering how popular novels arose in the ancient world, and contribute greatly to our understanding of Jewish culture and classical civilisation.

目次

  • JEWISH NOVELS
  • JEWISH HISTORICAL NOVELS
  • JEWISH NOVELISTIC TESTAMENTS

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