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Ancient Jewish Novels: An Anthology

Lawrence M. Wills


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 the ... More

Keywords: Bel and the Dragon, Daniel, Esther, Joseph and Aseneth, Judith, Susanna, Testament of Job, Testament of Abraham, Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs, Third Maccabees, Tobit

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Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780195151428
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195151429.001.0001


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Lawrence M. Wills, editor
Episcopal Divinity School
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One Introduction

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Part I Jewish Novels

Two Greek Esther

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Four Tobit

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Five Judith

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Part II Jewish Historical Novels

Seven Artapanus, on Moses

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Eight Third Maccabees

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Nine The Tobiad Romance

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Part III Jewish Novelistic Testaments

Eleven Testament of Joseph

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Twelve Testament of Job

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Thirteen Testament of Abraham

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