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The Ancient Novel and Early Christian and Jewish Narrative: Fictional Intersections

Marília P. Futre Pinheiro, Judith Perkins, Richard Pervo (eds.)
 

Series: Ancient Narrative Supplementum 16

ISBN-13: 9789491431210

Publication year: 2013

Publication type: Book

Pages: XX, 230

Cover: Hardcover

Format: 175 x 245 x 19 mm; 572 g

Price excl. VAT: €70.00

Price incl. VAT: €74.20

This innovative collection explores the vital role played by fictional narratives in Christian and Jewish self-fashioning in the early Roman imperial period. Employing a diversity of approaches, including cultural studies, feminist, philological, and narratological, expert scholars from six countries offer twelve essays on Christian fictions or fictionalized texts and one essay on Aseneth. All the papers were originally presented at the Fourth International Conference on the Ancient Novel in Lisbon Portugal in 2008.  The papers emphasize historical contextualization and comparative methodologies and will appeal to all those interested in early Christianity, the Ancient novel, Roman imperial history, feminist studies, and canonization processes.
 
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"In general, the volume, intended for an audience already familiar with the writings under discussion, explores the literary relationships among this chronologically, geographically, and culturally diverse body of materials. The editors performed a splendid job not only in selecting the thirteen essays, but also in creating near stylistic uniformity throughout the pieces, although they could have asked some of the contributors to provide translations of the ancient texts." Reviewed by Gary Gilbert, BMCR 2014.03.07.
 
- Thomas J. Kraus, Expository Times 125.11, August 2014
- Gary Gilbert, BMCR 2014.03.07

Contents

Acknowledgments IX

Prologue XI

Introduction XV

A THE APOCRYPHAL ACTS 1

JENNIFER EYL
Why Thekla Does Not See Paul: Visual Perception and the Displacement of Erōs in the Acts of Paul and Thekla 3

ROBIN J. GREENE
(Un)Happily Ever After: Literary and Religious Tensions in the Endings of the Apocryphal Acts of Paul and Thecla 21

PAOLA FRANCESCA MORETTI
The Two Ephesian Matrons: Drusiana's Story in the Acts of John as a Possible Christian Response to Milesian Narrative 35

VINCENT GIRAUDET
Virginity at Stake: Greek Novels, Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles, and the Dionysiaca of Nonnus Panopolitanus 49

JANET SPITTLER
Wild Kingdom: Animal Episodes in the Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles 65

B THE JEWISH NOVEL 77

NINA BRAGINSKAYA
Joseph and Aseneth in Greek Literary History: The Case of the "First Novel" 79

C ANCIENT NOVEL AND EARLY CHRISTIAN FICTIONS: INTERSECTIONS 107

JUDITH PERKINS
Jesus Was No Sophist: Education in Christian Fiction 109

OLIVER EHLEN
Reading the Protevangelium Jacobi as an Ancient Novel 133

ROSA M. ANDÚJAR
Charicleia the Martyr: Heliodorus and Early Christian Narrative 139

MARTINA HIRSCHBERGER
Marriages Spoiled: The Deconstruction of Novel Discourse in Early Christian Novel Narratives 153

D NEW TESTAMENT AND HAGIOGRAPHY 169

WARREN S. SMITH
We-Passages in Acts as Mission Narrative 171

PETR KITZLER
Viri mirantur facilius quam imitantur: Passio Perpetuae in the Literature of the Ancient Church (Tertullian, Acta martyrum, and Augustine) 189

TIMO GLASER
Telling What's Beyond the Known: The Epistolary Novel and the Afterlife of the Apostle Paul in the Pastoral Epistles 203

Abstracts 215

Contributors 221

Indices 225
Index locorum 225
General index 227

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