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Genesis Death Sandwich Discovered, Biblical Patterns Explained

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A “Genesis death sandwich” has been discovered by researchers in continual analysis of the Bible, and before you say it, they’ve already pointed out that that would make an excellent band name.

The “Genesis death sandwich” refers to a certain narrative structure and pattern discovered in biblical passages, one that thus far had not been teased out. It refers to the way tales are structured, and how information is relayed in the Bible a specific way repeatedly.

Researchers at Keele University in the United Kingdom discovered the Genesis death sandwich pattern using text-analysis software to slice and dice the passages in that section of the Bible.

LiveScience explains the Genesis death sandwich, saying “slices of white bread are themes of life, and the slimy cold cuts in between are mentions of death.” Computing and Mathematics lecturer Gordon Rugg is quoted by the science site as explaining:

“The structuring of life and death in Genesis appears to be something that hasn’t been noticed before … We think it’s a standard literary device being used on a larger scale than had been previously realized. No aliens, no secret codes, no conspiracies, but some striking images, and a great name for a band.”

Using technology called a “Search Visualizer,” which creates visuals to explain text patterns, Rugg says the Genesis death sandwich was discovered — but researchers are not sure whether the writers intended to apply or were even aware of the writing’s structure.

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Rugg says:

“Whether it was a deliberate use of inclusio or a subconscious use is an open question … We don’t think that this structure is likely to be a coincidence, given the number of times the two words occur within Genesis, and given that these are themes that have long been recognized as significant within it.”

The site explains that the Genesis death sandwich structure is “an example of a literary convention known as inclusio, also called bracketing, where one theme frames another.”

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