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Author Johnson, Sara Raup, 1966-

Title Historical Fictions and Hellenistic Jewish Identity : Third Maccabees in Its Cultural Context
Published Berkeley : University of California Press, 2005
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Description 1 online resource (281 pages)
Series Hellenistic culture and society ; 43
Hellenistic culture and society ; 43
Contents 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
Summary 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Third Book of Maccabees -- Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Historical fiction -- History and criticism.
Jews -- Identity -- History -- To 1500.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0520233077
0520928431 (electronic bk.)
9780520928435 (electronic bk.)