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Genesis as DialogueA Literary, Historical, and Theological Commentary$
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Thomas L. Brodie

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195138368

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195138368.001.0001

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Genesis's Unity

Genesis's Unity

The Shift in the Evidence

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Genesis as Dialogue

Thomas L. Brodie

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Arguments against the unity of Genesis seem strong. These arguments include variation in style, language, divine names, and theological viewpoints, repetitions and doublets, and internal contradictions. However, while Hermann Gunkel read these features as reflecting the confusion of oral tradition, recent literary criticism has begun to recognize that they are expressions of deliberate literary artistry.

Keywords:   divine names, doublets, Genesis, Hermann Gunkel, literary, oral tradition, repetition, unity, variation

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