By Lawrence M. Wills
This quantity brings jointly for the 1st time all the old Jewish novels and fragments of novels. Written at concerning the comparable time because the lifeless Sea Scrolls and the recent testomony, yet ahead of the interval of Rabbinic Judaism, those texts demonstrate the ambiguities and conflicts encountered through Jews during this interval.
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The opening formula in Judith 1, for example, copies the biblical historical books. However, these formulas are soon forgotten and a new novelistic mode takes over in each case, and this feature is what becomes distinctive about the texts. We need only compare First Maccabees to see a text that truly mimics the style of the biblical historical books throughout. The tension between literal and free translation is not unique to these texts; it arises in all ﬁelds. Note, for example, the remarks of Leonard Tancock on translating French literature: “The translator must always be faithful to his original, and he has no right whatever to take any liberties with it.
At the same time, they would cause the mouths of the nations to sing hymns of praise to the virtues of their vain and empty idols, and from this day forth to express awe and devotion for a mortal king. Do not surrender your scepter, O Lord, to that which does not even exist, to let them mock and jeer at us in our calamity, but entrap them now in their own plot, singling out for special punishment the one who is responsible. “Remember me, O Lord; let me know you are with us in the hour of our aﬄiction.
Lee. ” Journal of Biblical Literature 92 (1973): 211–23. Konstan, David. Sexual Symmetry: Love in the Ancient Novel and Related Genres. : Princeton University Press, 1994. Kugel, James L. In Potiphar’s House:The Interpretive Life of Biblical Texts. San Francisco: HarperCollins, 1990. Levine, Amy-Jill, ed. “Women Like This”: New Perspectives on Jewish Women in the Greco-Roman World. Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1991. Morgan, J. R. and Richard Stoneman, eds. Greek Fiction: The Greek Novel in Context.
Ancient Jewish Novels: An Anthology (AAR Cultural Criticism Series) by Lawrence M. Wills