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Tendentious hagiographies : Jewish propagandist fiction BCE /
Michael Chyutin.
imprint
London ; New York : T & T Clark, c2011.
description
x, 340 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
056719406X (hbk.), 9780567194060 (hbk.)
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imprint
London ; New York : T & T Clark, c2011.
isbn
056719406X (hbk.)
9780567194060 (hbk.)
contents note
When Jonah mocked Isaiah -- Ahiqar, the sage from Elephantine -- Mordecai and Esther : the heads of the Persian diaspora -- Daniel in the court of the Gentile king -- Tobiah the Therapeute -- When Ezra and Nehemiah lusted for Susanna -- The Moabite convert Ruth returns to Zion -- Judith's glory outshines Judah's -- Exagoge : an exodus to Heliopolis -- Joseph and Aseneth : the lovers from Heliopolis -- Literary characteristics of the works examined.
catalogue key
7609276
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [312]-322) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Michael Chyutin obtained his PhD at the Technion Institute in Haifa and lives in Givataim, Israel.
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
This title surveys 10 Jewish literary works composed in Hebrew, Aramaic, of Greek between the 8th and the mid-2nd century BCE, and shows that each deals with major problems of the Jewish populations in the Land of Israel or in the dispersions. The author provides insightful and at times surprising explorations of the purpose of these texts.
Main Description
An exploration of the intention and purpose of ten Jewish texts composed between the 8th and mid-2nd century BCE.
Main Description
Tendentious Historiographies surveys ten Jewish literary works composed in Hebrew, Aramaic, or Greek between the 8th and the mid-2nd century BCE, and shows that each deals with major problems of the Jewish populations in the Land of Israel or in the dispersions. Michael Chyutin provides insightful and at times surprising explorations of the purpose behind these texts.Jonah is viewed as a grotesque, a parody of prophetic writing. Ahiqar preaches the breaking of religious, national and familial frameworks and supports assimilation into the local society. Esther calls for Jewish national and familial solidarity and recommends concealment of religious identity. Daniel preaches individual observance of the religious precepts. Susannah also advocates national and religious solidarity. Tobit tells the story of the founders of the sect of the Therapeutes. Ruth supports the Jews who did not go into exile in Babylon. The play Exagoge and the romance Joseph and Aseneth support the Oniad temple in Egypt. Finally, Judith supports the moderate approach of the Jerusalem priests against the Hasmoneans' demand for violent struggle.
Table of Contents
Prologuep. vii
When Jonah Mocked Isaiahp. 1
Ahiqar, The Sage from Elephantinep. 26
Mordecai and Esther - The Heads of The Persian Diasporap. 35
Daniel in the Court of the Gentile Kingp. 58
Tobiah the Therapeutep. 65
When Ezra and Nehemiah Lusted for Susannap. 111
The Moabite Convert Ruth Returns to Zionp. 121
Judith's Glory Outshines Judah'sp. 140
Exagoge - An Exodus to Heliopolisp. 171
Joseph and Aseneth, the Lovers from Heliopolisp. 208
Literary Characteristics of the Works Examinedp. 263
Epiloguep. 296
Appendix: Sabbatical Calendars BCEp. 301
Bibliographyp. 312
Indexp. 323
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