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Ancient Jewish Novels: An Anthology (Hardback)
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Ancient Jewish Novels: An Anthology (Hardback)

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Hardback 308 Pages / Published: 01/08/2002
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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 civilization.

Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
ISBN: 9780195151411
Number of pages: 308
Weight: 481 g
Dimensions: 209 x 138 x 28 mm

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