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“After These Things” and its Composition in Genesis

In: Vetus Testamentum
Author: Philip Y. Yoo1
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  • 1 Center for the Study of Core Texts and IdeasThe University of Texas at Austin
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Abstract

As a formulaic phrase that appears in Genesis to connect sequential narratives, critics have attributed “after these things” to a single literary stratum or to redactional insertions into developing narrative blocks. Drawing upon the other attestations of “after these things” from the biblical corpus, this article explains that “after these things” in Genesis may be viewed as a stock phrase, one that a composer or a redactor may employ in the absence of quantifiable chronological data to express the passage of an indefinite amount of time between two consecutive events.

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