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Genesis as Dialogue: A Literary, Historical, and Theological Commentary

Thomas L. Brodie

Abstract

Genesis is a literary unity, and is the foundation for the Pentateuch and for the entire Primary History (Genesis‐2 Kings). This unity is complex, like the human body with its many diverse parts. As with the body, no major part preexisted other parts; all came to birth simultaneously. Three features of Genesis are pivotal. (1) Genesis is encyclopedic, synthesizing literature, religion, the science of the time, and experience (2) Genesis is artistic literature. The many variations and apparent contradictions of the text reflect a unified artistic strategy. Above all, Genesis is like a series of ... More

Keywords: artistic literature, dialog, diptych, documentary theory, genesis, intertextuality, Odyssey, Pentateuch, Primary History, prophets

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780195138368
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195138368.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas L. Brodie, author
Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick

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Introduction

Commentary