This collection of fifteen essays explores ancient fiction and relates it in new and insightful ways to early Christian literature. These essays analyze the precise nature of ancient fiction, investigate individual examples of ancient fiction, such as Chariton’s Chaereas and Callirhoe, Xenophon’s Ephesian Tale, and the anonymous Life of Aesop, and illuminate the New Testament Gospels and Letters of Paul, as well as the apocryphal Acts, by comparing this Christian literature with the form and content of ancient fiction.
“[This volume] illustrates the importance of the theme of fiction for the study of Early Christian literature.” —Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses
“The real importance of this collection is that it is an excellent sampling of methodologies applied to the target texts.” —Catholic Biblical Quarterly
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