Chapter

Patriarchal Fictions

Sara Raup Johnson

in Historical Fictions and Hellenistic Jewish Identity

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780520233072
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928435 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520233072.003.0003
Patriarchal Fictions

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Artapanus intentionally suggests that his work is a sober piece of Hellenistic historiography relying upon the ancient traditions preserved in Genesis and Exodus. It contains many detailed allusions both to its ultimate source, the Septuagint text, and to the Greek historical tradition within which Artapanus was ostensibly working. Each of the fragments of Artapanus takes its starting point from the biblical narrative. Moreover, close verbal echoes of the Septuagint text make it apparent that Artapanus not only used the Greek text of the Bible as his primary source but sought to remind that text in the mind of his audience. Artapanus is careful to invoke elements of the Greek historiographical tradition whenever possible. His title and scope are characteristic of Hellenistic scholarly works seeing to frame a non-Greek historical tradition in terms familiar to an educated Greek-speaking audience.

Keywords: Artapanus; Genesis; Exodus; Septuagint text; audience

Chapter.  13275 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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