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The Quest for the Theory Behind the Diptychs

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/10.1093/0195138368.003.0003
 								The Quest for the Theory Behind the Diptychs

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It is not fully clear why Genesis consists of literary diptychs – narratives in dialog – rather than linear narrative. Yet, diptych structure is central to Genesis. The complexity of diptychs corresponds significantly to the complex nature of reality, of art, and of ideas. This complexity also corresponds partly to Mikhail Bakhtin's theory of truth as dialogical. The diptych is mind‐opening.

Keywords: Mikhail Bakhtin; complexity; dialogical; dialog; diptychs; Genesis; literary; structure; truth

Chapter.  2866 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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