Artapanus, on Moses

Edited by Lawrence M. Wills

in Ancient Jewish Novels

Published in print November 2002 | ISBN: 9780195151428
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199870516 | DOI:
 Artapanus, on Moses

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An introduction and translation of Artapanus’ On Moses. This historical novel recounts Moses’ exploits in Egypt, but plays with the limits of history, and is similar to non‐Jewish historical novels like Ahikar, the Alexander Romance, and the Ninus Romance. Moses here is a benefactor of humanity, both Jewish and Gentile.

Keywords: Artapanus; Egypt; ethnic groups; history; Moses

Chapter.  2822 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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