So, for instance, Virginia Burrus' recent article presupposes that both the Greek novels and the apocryphal Acts were resistance literature as she seeks to "explore commonalities of colonial resistance enacted across the genre," using as test cases Kleitophon and Leukippe, an Ethiopian Story, Joseph and Aseneth
, and the Acts of Paul and Thecla.
The only way Jacobovici and Wilson could proclaim this story was about Jesus and Mary Magdalene was to physically substitute the names Jesus and Mary wherever the names Joseph and Aseneth
appeared in the actual text.
Cervantes's midrashic novella shows similarities to a so-called "Jewish novel," The Marriage and Conversion of Aseneth
: both Zoraida and Aseneth
have rejected with prejudice all previous suitors; both young women emphasize the foreignness of their future partners, thereby spotlighting their own strangeness; both are visited by heavenly messengers to move forward their conversion to their respective future spouses' faiths; both will change their names, in keeping with their new personae; and both women are arrayed with precious stones, though these are but baubles compared to the jewel of their virginity, as both authors characterize it.
Allen (2D), Hannah Lewis (3F), and Aseneth
The authors said the manuscript is in code, hence the alleged marriage of Jesus to Mary Magdalene was told through the Old Testament character Joseph and his wife Aseneth
Part B of the volume is titled "The Jewish Novel" and includes only one article, Nina Braginskaya's "Joseph and Aseneth
in Greek Literary History: The Case of the First Novel".
Junto a la obra de Filon, podemos simar otras que, sin embargo, tienen un origen muy diverso, tanto desde el punto de vista de su ambiente conceptual como geografico: el libro de la Sabiduria, Jose y Aseneth
, la Carta de Aristeas, etc.
If we recall the stories of Joseph and Aseneth
, Paul and Thelca, and the Martyrdom of Perpetua; the disciples Maximilla (in the Acts of Andrew), Mygdonia (in the Acts of Thomas), and Charitine (in the Acts of Philip); and Jesus' teaching, as found in the Gospel of Thomas regarding Mary, (57) we can clearly see that transcendence is, in fact, a 'virilization.
This revised 1996 dissertation, directed by Erich Gruen at the University of California, Berkeley, deftly dismantles the tendency to aggregate 2 and 3 Maccabees, the Letter of Aristeas, Greek Esther, Daniel (plus the Additions), Judith, Tobit, materials from Josephus's Antiquities, the fragments of Artapanus, and Joseph and Aseneth
into the genre of "Hellenistic novel" or "romance.
Some scholars have turned to Jewish "novels" such as Tobit, Joseph and Aseneth
, 1-4 Maccabees, Susanna, or even Judith to see how Jews told their own stories of the ways of God and the demands of discipleship.
Among the topics are Egypt as the setting for Joseph and Aseneth
, the Wisdom of Solomon and the Gnostic Sophia, Cleopatra in Josephus, expectations of Nero's return in the Egyptian Sibylline Oracles Book Five, martyrdom and gender in ancient Alexandria, the Gospel of Thomas and the historical Jesus, and human degradation and the recovery of the primal condition according to some early Christian texts.
Lewis University (Mu Eta) 27 October 2004: Justin Daun, Jason Midlock, Donald Noyd, Aseneth
Romero-Ruiz, Katherine Walsh.