Assessment and analysis of biblical examples of chiastic literary structures.

"Chiasmus" is a literary device in which a text display a "palistrophic" arrangement. This can work within a span of text as brief as a sentence, or may be stretched over several verses or even several chapters, or a whole document.

The first account of it in biblical literature is sometimes credited to John Jebb, Sacred Literature (London, 1828), pp. 53-74, although it is a rhetorical device found across literatures of many times and places, ancient and modern.

Further Reading: Elie Assis, "Chiasmus in Biblical Narrative: A Rhetoric of Characterization", Prooftexts 22 (2003): 273-304.