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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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Further Evidence of Genesis's Unity

Further Evidence of Genesis's Unity

Consistent Overlapping Structures—Chiasms, Spiraling Stories, and Double Dramas, Including Twenty‐SixDiptychs

2 Further Evidence of Genesis's Unity
Genesis as Dialogue

Thomas L. Brodie

Oxford University Press

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

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