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Ancient Fiction: The Matrix of Early Christian and Jewish Narrative (Jo-Ann A Brant Charles W Hedrick, Chris Shea (eds)) Paperback Book, (SBL Press, 2005) 9781589831667
Ancient Fiction: The Matrix of Early Christian and Jewish Narrative (Jo-Ann A Brant Charles W Hedrick, Chris Shea (eds)) Paperback Book, (SBL Press, 2005) 9781589831667
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Title: Ancient Fiction: The Matrix of Early Christian and Jewish Narrative

Author: Brant, Jo-Ann A Charles W Hedrick, Chris Shea (eds)

Publisher: SBL Press; Publication Date: 2005

Paperback; ISBN: 9781589831667

Volumes: 1; Pages: 392

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The essays in this volume examine the relationship between ancient fiction in the Greco-Roman world and early Jewish and Christian narratives. They consider how those narratives imitated or exploited conventions of fiction to produce forms of literature that expressed new ideas or shaped community identity within the shifting social and political climates of their own societies. Major authors and texts surveyed include Chariton, Shakespeare, Homer, Vergil, Plato, Matthew, Mark, Luke, Daniel, 3 Maccabees, the Testament of Abraham, rabbinic midrash, the Apocryphal Acts, Ezekiel the Tragedian, and the Sophist Aelian. This diverse collection reveals and examines prevalent issues and syntheses in the making: the pervasive use and subversive power of imitation, the distinction between fiction and history, and the use of history in the expression of identity. The contributors are Jo-Ann A. Brant, J. R. C. Cousland, Ruben Rene Dupertuis, Noah Hacham, Gerhard van den Heever, Ronald F. Hock, Tawny L. Holm, Sara R. Johnson, Jared W. Ludlow, Dennis R. MacDonald, Chaim Milikowsky, Judith B. Perkins, Richard I. Pervo, Gareth Schmeling, and Chris Shea.
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