The introduction addresses such issues as the nature of the novel and of popular literature, and the relation of fiction to history and nonfiction. It also compares the Jewish novels with Greek novels, Roman novels, Christian novels, and Apocryphal Acts. Jewish novels are treated in three categories: novels, historical novels, and testaments. Other aspects of Jewish novels are addressed, such as love, penitence, prayer, character, virtue, psychology, asceticism, the competition of ethnic groups, and the role of women and gender construction.
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