Researchers using text-analysis software say they’ve discovered a new literary device in the first book of the Bible: the “Genesis death sandwich.”
The name refers to a familiar rhetorical structure — sandwiching bad news in between the good. In the case of Genesis, the slices of white bread are themes of life, and the slimy cold cuts in between are mentions of death.
“The structuring of life and death in Genesis appears to be something that hasn’t been noticed before,” researcher Gordon Rugg, a senior lecturer in Computing and Mathematics at Keele University in the United Kingdom, wrote in a Feb. 21 blog post.
Rugg and his colleagues ran the King James version of the Bible through software called Search Visualizer. The mentions of life and death were plotted showing that death references were sandwiched life references. They say this is an example of inclusio, also called bracketing. So, it’s a literary device. It’s not really special. It’s not even a “code”. Besides that, WHO CARES?
Rugg acknowledged that it is uncertain whether or not this “death sandwich” convention was applied to the text intentionally. Nonetheless, he says it might have been used to cushion the negative messages of death, or perhaps to put life and death in stark contrast.
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