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Dirty LoveThe Genealogy of the Ancient Greek Novel$
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Tim Whitmarsh

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780199742653

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199742653.001.0001

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Joseph in Love

Joseph in Love

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Dirty Love

Tim Whitmarsh

Oxford University Press

This chapter treats the romance that we know of as Joseph and Aseneth, the earliest parts of which may be Hellenistic. It is an extraordinary sequel to the Potiphar’s wife story, in which Joseph marries a native Egyptian woman, who then converts to Judaism. The romance emerges as a complex meditation on the challenges of intermarriage, in the context of biblical prohibition (and, implicitly, the Egyptian practice of sibling marriage), but also as a text that itself sits between cultures, blending Jewish, Greek and Egyptian elements.

Keywords:   Joseph and Aseneth, Genesis, Bible, Potiphar’s wife, romance, intermarriage, hybridity

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