Erich S. Gruen

in The Oxford Handbook of Biblical Studies

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780199254255
Published online April 2009 |

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology


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This chapter examines the Jewish novella, which is defined as: prose fiction narrating the experiences of individuals or groups, composed for entertainment but also communicating values, ideas, or guidance. The classification encompasses works as diverse as the religious fables of the book of Daniel, the morality tale of Susanna, the historical fantasy of 3 Maccabees, and the romantic/adventure story of Joseph and Aseneth. The varieties, messages, entertainment, and audience of Jewish novellas are discussed.

Keywords: Jewish novella; varieties; messages; entertainment; audience

Chapter.  5248 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies ; Biblical Studies

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