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Further Evidence of Genesis's Unity

Thomas L. Brodie

in Genesis as Dialogue

Published in print September 2001 | ISBN: 9780195138368
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834037 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195138368.003.0002
Further Evidence of Genesis's Unity

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Genesis’ literary unity has several features. It contains consistent overlapping structures including bodylike complexity and chiasms, spiraling structures with consistent patterns of expanding episodes, two great double dramas (1:1–25:18 and 25:19–ch. 50), and above all, 26 diptychs (13 in each double drama). Each diptych contains some form of complementarity, for instance, two views of creation. The diptych arrangement has sometimes been interpreted as reflecting confusion, yet it is precise. Overall, Genesis spirals from episodes to prolonged narrative, and from myth to history.

Keywords: bodylike; chiasm; complementarity; diptych; episode; history; myth; narrative; spiraling narrative; unity

Chapter.  6658 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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