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Ancient Fiction and Early Christian Narrative
Ronald F. Hock, J. Bradley Chance, Judith Perkins

ISBN 1589830709
Status Available
Price: $42.95
Binding Paperback
Publication Date March, 2003
   

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

CONTENTS

The Invention of Fiction
—David Konstan

The Spectrum of Narrative: Authority of the Author
—Gareth Schmeling

Pleasurable Reading or Symbols of Power: Religious Themes and Social Context in Chariton
—Douglas R. Edwards

Focalization in Xenophon of Ephesos’ Ephesiaka
—Kathryn Chew

Setting the Stage for Romances: Xenophon of Ephesus and the Ecphrasis
—Chris Shea

A Nihilist Fabula: Introducing the Life of Aesop
—Richard I. Pervo

Why New Testament Scholars Should Read Ancient Novels
—Ronald F. Hock

Secrecy and Recognitions in the Odyssey and Mark: Where Werde Went Wrong
—Dennis R. MacDonald

Creating Plot in Episodic Narratives: The Life of Aesop and the Gospel of Mark
—Whitney Shiner

Conceiving the Narrative: Colors in Achilles Tatius and the Gospel of Mark
—Charles W. Hedrick

Divine Birth and Apparent Parents: The Plot of the Fourth Gospel
—Jo-Ann Brant

Divine Prognostications and the Movement of Story: An Intertextual Exploration of Xenophon’s Ephesian Tale and the Acts of the Apostles
—J. Bradley Chance

“Better to Marry than to Burn”: St. Paul and the Greek Novel
—Loveday Alexander

Reversing Romance? The Acts of Thecla and the Ancient Novel
—Melissa Aubin

Stories without Texts and without Authors: The Problem of Fluidity in Ancient Novelistic Texts and Early Christian Literature
—Christine M. Thomas

Ronald F. Hock is Professor of Religion at University of Southern California.




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