By Lawrence M. Wills
This quantity brings jointly for the 1st time all the historic Jewish novels and fragments of novels. Written at concerning the comparable time because the lifeless Sea Scrolls and the recent testomony, yet earlier than the interval of Rabbinic Judaism, those texts display the ambiguities and conflicts encountered by way of Jews during this interval.
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Collected Ancient Greek Novels, 737– 38. 22 introduction gender of God as masculine. God is often a character in the novels, and it is a very masculine, fatherly God who is present. God is perhaps more monochromatic here than in other contemporary genres. The masculine God is thus retained in these translations as an integral part of what the reading experience would have been like in the ancient world. ge ne ral b ibl iog raphy Bickerman, Elias. Four Strange Books of the Bible. New York: Schocken, 1967.
Just then Harbona, one of the eunuchs, said to the king, “Haman, indeed, has constructed a gallows for Mordecai, the one who gave information that saved the king. ” commanded the king, and Haman was executed upon the gallows which he had prepared for Mordecai. After this, the king’s anger began to subside. (8) On that day, King Artaxerxes handed over to Esther all that belonged to their accuser, Haman, and since she had now informed him that Mordecai was her close relative, the king 44 jewish nove ls summoned Mordecai to come before him.
Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1998. introduction 23 Holzberg, Niklas. The Ancient Novel: An Introduction. London: Routledge, 1995. Humphries, W. Lee. ” Journal of Biblical Literature 92 (1973): 211–23. Konstan, David. Sexual Symmetry: Love in the Ancient Novel and Related Genres. : Princeton University Press, 1994. Kugel, James L. In Potiphar’s House:The Interpretive Life of Biblical Texts. San Francisco: HarperCollins, 1990. Levine, Amy-Jill, ed. “Women Like This”: New Perspectives on Jewish Women in the Greco-Roman World.
Ancient Jewish Novels: An Anthology (AAR Cultural Criticism Series) by Lawrence M. Wills