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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 Diptych Structure: Original or Redactional?

The Diptych Structure: Original or Redactional?

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4 The Diptych Structure: Original or Redactional?
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Genesis as Dialogue
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Thomas L. Brodie

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195138368.003.0004

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

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