The Diptych Structure: Original or Redactional?

Thomas L. Brodie

in Genesis as Dialogue

Published in print September 2001 | ISBN: 9780195138368
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834037 | DOI:
The Diptych Structure: Original or Redactional?

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Theoretically, Genesis’ diptych structure may be seen either as belonging to the nature of the text or simply as an editorial addition – a way of arranging the text. To determine which explanation is true, research needs to attend to the full meaning of the individual texts or diptychs; the immediate context of Genesis; the further context of the Primary History (Genesis‐2 Kings); the larger context of the Bible as a whole; and the context of diverse theories concerning sources, particularly the documentary theory.

Keywords: diptych; documentary theory; redaction; sources; structure

Chapter.  1255 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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