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Chapter Six: Source Analysis: Plot and Style

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A second criterion which springs to mind in our quest for devices with which to separate the "sources" of the Joseph Story, is internal inconsistency, or discrepancies within the plot. Doublets also fall under this category, though the existence of genuine doublets may be difficult to prove with certainty, since the arguments must be a priori. Some verses are singled out by source analysts as "doublets", and are presented as evidence of two sources quoted side by side. The term "doublet", however, with its suggestion of parallelism, seems to prejudice the analysis from the start. This chapter presents some of the more famous "doublets" of the Joseph Story. The history of the Documentary Theory has shown that variation in style is a treacherous criterion to rely upon. The possibilities of style as a criterion should be examined objectively in an effort to ascertain its limits.

Keywords: doublets; Joseph Story; plot; style

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