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Wills, Lawrence M. (Lawrence Mitchell) 1954-

Overview
Works: 11 works in 85 publications in 1 language and 3,772 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Fiction  Biographies  Commentaries  Legends  Children's films  Documentary films 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator
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Most widely held works by Lawrence M Wills
Conflicted boundaries in wisdom and apocalypticism( )

3 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 1,473 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The notion that wisdom and apocalypticism represent fundamentally different and mutually exclusive categories of genre and worldview in early Jewish and Christian literature persists in current scholarship. The essays in this volume, the work of the Wisdom and Apocalypticism Group of the Society of Biblical Literature, challenge that generally held view as they explore the social locations and scholarly constructions of these literatures and discover an ancient reality of more porous categories and complex interrelationships. The volume draws on a broad range of Jewish and Christian texts, including 1 Enoch, Sirach, 4QInstruction, Psalms of Solomon, James, Revelation, and Barnabas. --From publisher's description
The quest of the historical gospel : Mark, John, and the origins of the gospel genre by Lawrence M Wills( )

13 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 652 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Quest of the Historical Gospel explores the nature and origin of the gospel genre. After a review of the promises and difficulties of the designation of the gospel as biography, Wills compares popular, novelistic biographies, such as the Life of Aesop, with the gospels of Mark and John. He posits that they all belong to the same genre and comprise similar literary motifs; the cult biography of the dead, revered figure; the notion of the scapegoat and the character of the hero. Professor Wills also examines the relationships between the gospels of Mark and John, arguing that they exist independently of each other and are derived from earlier, oral accounts. The Quest of the Historical Gospel offers a provocative and timely analysis of the figure of Jesus and the gospels depicting his life. It provides fresh perspectives on the origins of gospel genre and the analogies between Jewish and Greco-Roman literature and gospel narrative, and challenges the preoccupation of prior criticism with the placing of Jesus in a definitive historical context.; This erudite and critically up-to-date book will be of interest to those concerned with the early traditions of Jesus and the origins of the narratives about his life
Ancient Jewish novels : an anthology by Lawrence M Wills( Book )

20 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 471 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume brings together in translation all the ancient Jewish novels and fragments of novels. Included are texts from the Old Testament Apocrypha, several historical novels, and selections from the Testaments of the 12 Patriarchs
The Jewish novel in the ancient world by Lawrence M Wills( Book )

9 editions published between 1995 and 2015 in English and held by 464 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lawrence M. Wills here traces the literary evolution of popular Jewish narratives written during the period 200 B.C.E.-100 C.E. In many ways, these narratives were similar to Greek and Roman novels of the same era, as well as to popular novels of indigenous people within the Roman Empire. Yet as a group they demonstrated a variety of novelistic innovations: the inclusion of adventurous episodes; passages of description and of dialogue; concern with psychological. Motivation; and the introduction of female characters. Wills focuses on five novels: Greek Esther, Greek Daniel, Judith, Tobit, and Joseph and Aseneth. Drawing on a wide range of theoretical works, he delineates the techniques and motifs of the Jewish novel, shows how genre both initiated and distanced itself from nonfictional prose, such as historical and philosophical writing, discusses its relation to Greco-Roman romance, and describes the social conditions governing its emergence and reception. He also places the novels in historical context, between the Hebrew Bible on the one hand and subsequent developments in Jewish and Christian literature on the other. Wills sees the Jewish novel as a popular form of writing that provided amusement for an expanding audience of Jewish entrepreneurs, merchants, and bureaucrats. In an important sense, he maintains, it was a product of the "novelistic impulse," the impulse to transfer oral stories to a written medium and to reach a more literate audience
The Jew in the court of the foreign king : ancient Jewish court legends by Lawrence M Wills( Book )

13 editions published between 1987 and 1990 in English and held by 266 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Not God's people : insiders and outsiders in the biblical world by Lawrence M Wills( Book )

4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 239 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Using an array of biblical texts from both the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament, Not God's People explores how ancient Jews and Christians created their own identity in relation to others. The book analyzes how biblical texts define 'us' and 'them, ' how these texts differ in the way they define group identity, and how this process continues to be re-created by Jews and Christians today
The new interpreter's Bible( Book )

2 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Conflicted boundaries in wisdom and apocalypticism( Book )

17 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 90 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The notion that wisdom and apocalypticism represent fundamentally different and mutually exclusive categories of genre and worldview in early Jewish and Christian literature persists in current scholarship. The essays in this volume, the work of the Wisdom and Apocalypticism Group of the Society of Biblical Literature, challenge that generally held view as they explore the social locations and scholarly constructions of these literatures and discover an ancient reality of more porous categories and complex interrelationships. The volume draws on a broad range of Jewish and Christian texts, including 1 Enoch, Sirach, 4QInstruction, Psalms of Solomon, James, Revelation, and Barnabas. --From publisher's description
The Jew in the court of the foreign king : ancient Jewish court legends by Lawrence M Wills( Book )

2 editions published between 1900 and 1987 in Undetermined and English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The trial of Jesus( Visual )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Visits to the Holy Land and interviews with historians who have studied Roman, Jewish, and early Christian documents help clarify what happened during Christ's final days
The genre and function of the Markan passion narrative by George W. E Nickelsburg( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Conflicted boundaries in wisdom and apocalypticism
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The quest of the historical gospel : Mark, John, and the origins of the gospel genreAncient Jewish novels : an anthologyThe Jewish novel in the ancient worldNot God's people : insiders and outsiders in the biblical worldThe new interpreter's BibleConflicted boundaries in wisdom and apocalypticism
Alternative Names
Mitchell Wills, Lawrence 1954-

Wills, Lawrence M.

Wills, Lawrence Mitchell 1954-

Languages
English (83)