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Assessment and analysis of biblical examples of chiastic literary structures.

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Philippians 3:5—Paul’s description of his advantages “in the flesh"

I’m seeking an understanding of the list in Philippians 3:3-6 ESV, especially vv 5-6 3 For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in ...
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Is Matthew 24 arranged as a chiasm or parallel structure?

In Matthew 24 there are two themes that run throughout the narrative one is the destruction of Jerusalem/Temple and the other is the coming of the son of man Matthew 24:1-2 Destruction of Jerusalem/...
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Is Luke 12:22-29 arranged as a chiasm?

A) 22 And He said to His disciples, “For this reason I say to you, [j]do not worry about your [k]life, as to what you will eat; nor for your body, as to what you will put on B) 24 Consider the ...
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Is Jeremiah 9:23-24 a good example of chiasm?

Jeremiah 9:23-24 (JUB), for example: 23Thus hath the LORD said, a) Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, b) neither let the mighty man glory in his might, c) let not the rich man glory in his ...
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Other than as a memory aid what is the alleged hermeneutical significance of chiastic structure?

Whether or not chiasmus is something intended by an author or whether it is simply serendipity is a question about which there is no settled opinion. People disagree. Some see it everywhere and are ...
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Does the sermon on the mount follow a chiastic structure mapped by the Beatitudes?

Reposted from the Christianity stack exchange site, as off-topic there. A possible observation I made is that the Beatitudes lay out a map for what follows immediately after in the sermon on the ...
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Is the Gospel of Mark arranged as a chiasm or parallel structure?

This question was inspired by a similar question about the Gospel of John: Is the Gospel of John arranged as a chiasm?. I have reason to believe that the same question about Mark can be answered in ...
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How can we ensure a given "chiasm" was intentional by the author, and is not merely fanciful eisegesis?

What is 'chiasm'? Chiasm is a literary technique by which the contents of a portion of text are structured in such a way that they could be laid out in a ">" shape... A) This is an example of a ...
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Is the Gospel of John arranged as a chiasm?

In his book the Literary Structure of the Old Testament, David Dorsey compiles a list of fifteen ways the writers of the Hebrew bible linked narrative units into narrative patterns. One of these ...
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