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Introduction

Edited by Lawrence M. Wills

in Ancient Jewish Novels

Published in print November 2002 | ISBN: 9780195151428
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199870516 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195151429.003.0001
 Introduction

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The introduction addresses such issues as the nature of the novel and of popular literature, and the relation of fiction to history and nonfiction. It also compares the Jewish novels with Greek novels, Roman novels, Christian novels, and Apocryphal Acts. Jewish novels are treated in three categories: novels, historical novels, and testaments. Other aspects of Jewish novels are addressed, such as love, penitence, prayer, character, virtue, psychology, asceticism, the competition of ethnic groups, and the role of women and gender construction.

Keywords: asceticism; ethnic groups; fiction; Greek novels; history; Jewish novels; prayer; testaments; women

Chapter.  7195 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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