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Posted on 04 March 2013

Dr Gordon Rugg, Computing and Mathematics, has had his latest research "Genesis Death Sandwich" published in Time magazine and publications around the globe.

An online text-analysis tool, called Search Visualizer, which was developed by Dr Rugg, has, for the first time, revealed a common literary technique in the Book of Genesis that has remained hidden in the text for millennia. With Dr David Musgrave, from Amridge University, USA, he has discovered that Genesis uses an early example of a technique known as 'bracketing', which sandwiches one theme between two mentions of another. The technique is commonly used today, such as when bad news is sandwiched between two bits of good news. The new analysis of Genesis reveals a striking pattern between the two key themes of 'life' and 'death'.