edited by Sara R. Johnson, Rubén R. Dupertuis and Christine Shea
SBL Press, 2018
eISBN: 978-0-88414-260-7 | Cloth: 978-0-88414-261-4 | Paper: 978-1-62837-196-3
Library of Congress Classification PA3003
Dewey Decimal Classification 880.09


The third volume of research on ancient fiction

This volume includes essays presented in the Ancient Fiction and Early Christian and Jewish Narrative section of the Society of Biblical Literature. Contributors explore facets of ongoing research into the interplay of history, fiction, and narrative in ancient Greco-Roman, Jewish, and Christian texts. The essays examine the ways in which ancient authors in a variety of genre and cultural settings employed a range of narrative strategies to reflect on pressing contemporary issues, to shape community identity, or to provide moral and educational guidance for their readers. Not content merely to offer new insights, this volume also highlights strategies for integrating the fruits of this research into the university classroom and beyond.


  • Insight into the latest developments in ancient Mediterranean narrative

  • Exploration of how to use ancient texts to encourage students to examine assumptions about ancient gender and sexuality or to view familiar texts from a new perspective

  • Close readings of classical authors as well as canonical and noncanonical Jewish and Christian texts

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