Historical Fictions and Hellenistic Jewish Identity: Third Maccabees in Its Cultural Context / Edition 1

Historical Fictions and Hellenistic Jewish Identity: Third Maccabees in Its Cultural Context / Edition 1

by Sara Raup Johnson
     
 


"An engaging book with a fresh approach, which makes important contributions to several different scholarly conversations. Johnson's fluid notion of genre commends her work. She also presents a very strong reading of 3 Maccabees. With recent interest in the ancient novel, greater availability of the texts, and renewed interest in ways of shaping Jewish identity… See more details below

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"An engaging book with a fresh approach, which makes important contributions to several different scholarly conversations. Johnson's fluid notion of genre commends her work. She also presents a very strong reading of 3 Maccabees. With recent interest in the ancient novel, greater availability of the texts, and renewed interest in ways of shaping Jewish identity during this period, this exceptionally well-written book will have broad appeal."—Carl Holladay, author of A Critical Introduction to the New Testament: Interpreting the Message and Meaning of Jesus Christ

"Historical Fictions and Hellenistic Jewish Identity contributes a systematic and coordinated study of the use and misuse of historical tradition in quasi-fictional Hellenistic Jewish text. It treats this material in an original, highly critical, and extremely stimulating manner."—Louis Feldman, author of Josephus's Interpretation of the Bible

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520233072
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
02/09/2005
Series:
Hellenistic Culture and Society Series
Pages:
271
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments
Abbreviations

Introduction
Part I. Historical and Historiographical Contexts
1. Political Subordination and Indirect Historiography
2. Greeks, Romans, and Barbarians: The Cultural Politics of Hellenism

Part II. Text and Narrative
3. Genos Politeion: Book 6, Rome, and Hellenism
4. Akme Politeion: Roman and Achaen Virtues
5. Metabole Politeion: Roman and Achaen Degeneration in the Fragmentary Books

Part III. Ideological and Political Contexts
6. Collective Representations and Ideological Contexts
7. Practical Contexts and Political Realities

Conclusion
Bibliography
Index

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