Historical Fictions and Hellenistic Jewish Identity [electronic resource] :Third Maccabees in Its Cultural Context.
By: Johnson, Sara Raup.Material type: BookPublisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, 2005Description: 1 online resource (281 pages).Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780520928435 (electronic bk.); 0520928431 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Third Book of Maccabees -- Criticism, interpretation, etc | Jews -- Identity -- History -- To 1500 | Historical fiction -- History and criticism | Jews -- History -- 586 B.C.-70 A.D | RELIGION -- Biblical Studies -- Bible Study Guides | RELIGION / Antiquities & Archaeology | Third Book of Maccabees | Historical fiction | Jews -- Identity | To 1500Genre/Form: Electronic books. | Criticism, interpretation, etc. | History.DDC classification: 229.75 | 229/.75 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Preface; Acknowledgments; Part I: Historical Fictions and Hellenistic Jewish Identity; 1 Jews at Court; 2 Josephus; 3 Patriarchal Fictions; Part II: Third Maccabees: A Case Study; 4 Date, Literary Context, Authorship, and Audience; 5 Historicity and Historical Ambivalence; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.
In this thoughtful and penetrating study, Sara Raup Johnson investigates the creation of historical fictions in a wide range of Hellenistic Jewish texts. Surveying so-called Jewish novels, including the Letter of Aristeas, 2 Maccabees, Esther, Daniel, Judith, Tobit, Josephus's account of Alexander's visit to Jerusalem and of the Tobiads, Artapanus, and Joseph and Aseneth, she demonstrates that the use of historical fiction in these texts does not constitute a uniform genre. Instead it cuts across all boundaries of language, provenance, genre, and even purpose. Johnson argues that each author us.
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