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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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The Quest for the Theory Behind the Diptychs

The Quest for the Theory Behind the Diptychs

Truth as Dialogical (Binary/Diptych‐Like)

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(p.26) 3 The Quest for the Theory Behind the Diptychs
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Genesis as Dialogue
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Thomas L. Brodie

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195138368.003.0003

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

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