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Topic: Chiastic structure

  Chiastic structure - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Chiastic structure is a literary structure used most notably in the Torah in those passages attributed to the priestly source.
The structure is comprised of concepts or ideas in an order ABC…CBA so that the first concept that comes up is also the last, the second is the second to last, and so on.
The structure begins with the covenant made between God and the Jewish People at Mount Sinai, as described in the Torah, and ends with the Admonition from God to the Jews if they will not follow his laws, which is also a sort of covenant.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Chiastic_structure   (549 words)

 Chiastic structure -- Facts, Info, and Encyclopedia article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Chiastic structure is a literary (A thing constructed; a complex construction or entity) structure used most notably in the (The first of three divisions of the Hebrew Scriptures comprising the first five books of the Hebrew Bible considered as a unit) Torah.
The ABC…CBA chiastic stucture is used in many places in the (The first of three divisions of the Hebrew Scriptures comprising the first five books of the Hebrew Bible considered as a unit) Torah.
The chiastic structure points the reader to the central idea, that of the expected (The quality of being holy) holiness of the (A person belonging to the worldwide group claiming descent from Jacob (or converted to it) and connected by cultural or religious ties) Jew in what they do.
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/c/ch/chiastic_structure.htm   (472 words)

 666man.net - Chiastic Structures Explained   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
A chiastic structure is a way the Hebrews wrote which was used to express parallel ideas.
Scholars have proposed a wide variety of chiastic structures for the book of Revelation, but since many of them differ widely from each other, it is very unlikely that most of them are correct.
For a fuller explanation of chiastic structures, the author has searched the internet and found several good explanations with examples that can help the reader better understand them as they are used in the Bible.
www.666man.com /Chiastic_Structures_Explained.html   (620 words)

 Criteria for Identifying and Evaluating the Presence of Chiasmus - FARMS JBMS
If any aspect of chiastic analysis is to produce rigorous and verifiable results, the inverted parallel orders, which create the chiasms upon which that analysis is based, must be evidenced in the text itself and not imposed upon the text by Procrustean design or artifice of the reader.
The stronger the degree of chiasticity in a passage, the greater the likelihood that the author was aware of it and intended it.
In much the same way, while the degree of chiasticity in some chiasms may be strong enough to claim that they were expressly designed and implemented, one must expect that other chiastic patterns discovered by textual exegetes were not methodically crafted by the author to conform mechanically to some rigorously prescribed template.
farms.byu.edu /display.php?table=jbms&id=101   (4079 words)

 Introduction To Chiasmus -=- InTheBeginning.org
An improved approach to outlining chiastic structure is to employ repeating numbers or alphabetical characters (which is traditional: A, B, X, B', A'), and thus conforming to the very thought structure of the literary device.
All too often chiastic structures are passed off in the scholarly literature as mere literary niceties, a structural tour de force which serves only aesthetic ends.
Chiastic structures should always be examined as part of biblical exegesis.
www.inthebeginning.org /chiasmus/introduction/chiasmus_intro.htm   (1277 words)

 Issue 1:1
The literary structure of the passage is the primary device used to analyze Genesis 23.
It is found that both the chiastic structure and the poetic style are used in the organization and presentation of this narrative.
The overall chiastic structure of Genesis is also used to show the functional purpose of this chapter in the plan of the author of Genesis in the narrative of the patriarchs.
journalofbiblicalstudies.org /issue1.html   (553 words)

 Storfjell: Chiastic Structure of Psalm 151
            CHIASTIC STRUCTURE OF PSALM 151             99
            CHIASTIC STRUCTURE OF PSALM 151             101
            CHIASTIC STRUCTURE OF PSALM 151             103
faculty.gordon.edu /hu/bi/ted_hildebrandt/OTeSources/19-Psalms/Text/Articles/Storfjell-ChiasticPs151-AUSS.htm   (2771 words)

 Chiasmus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In Latin in particular, it was used to articulate balance or order within the text in which it was included.
Today, chiasmus is applied fairly broadly to any "criss-cross" structure, although in classical rhetoric, it would have been distinguished from other similar devices, especially antimetabole.
In its classical application, chiasmus would have been used for structures that do not repeat the same words and phrases.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Chiasmus   (672 words)

 Biblical Theology Bulletin: Reinstating Isaac: the centrality of Abraham's ... @ HighBeam Research   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Noting the chiastic structure of the pericope, the narrative is identified as running from 26:34 to 28:9.
Rather, the blessing is pronounced, which means that the chiastic structure draws the reader's attention not primarily to the blessing itself, which is passive, but to the one who does the blessing; i.e.
When the clear chiastic structure is discerned and the subtlety with which the author weaves the story around its central character, Isaac, is appreciated, it is difficult to imagine that several different and temporally disconnected authors could be responsible for this narrative's creation.
www.highbeam.com /library/doc0.asp?DOCID=1G1:94332359&refid=holomed_1   (3348 words)

 An Invitation to See the Salvation of Yahweh   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Chiastic structures are extremely valuable because they teach numerous thematic lessons that sometimes are not readily apparent at the Pashat (literal) level.
Chiastic structures are analyzed by comparing and contrasting the points that are thematically related (compare A to A`, B to B`, etc.).
Chiastic elements that are either exactly thematically equivalent (such as D-D`, F-F` and G-G`) or thematically equivalent with a slight modification of the theme (such as A-A` and H-H`) are not the most interesting elements of a chiastic structure because they do not present any new information.
home.att.net /~mbmyeshiva/wsb/GospelOfRedSeaCrossing.htm   (4620 words)

 Review of J. P. Fokkelman, Major Poems of the Hebrew Bible: At the Interface of Prosody and Structural Analysis. Vol ...
Fokkelman is well known in circles of biblical scholarship, preeminent for his prolific publication concerning structural analysis and particularly for his discernment of chiastic patterns in a rich variety of textual materials.
One may wonder, however, if the claim for chiastic structure is as clear as his charting of the text seems to indicate.
It is clear in the course of the discussion that Fokkelman’s sensibility is much stronger and more sweeping than simply attention to syllable counting and chiastic structure, for in fact he engages in rhetorical analysis of the kind championed by my teacher, James Muilenburg.
www.arts.ualberta.ca /JHS/reviews/review135.htm   (811 words)

 Jehovahs Witness Discussion Forum - Topic: Literary structure/ chiasms (page 1)
Structural analysis and especially chiasmata are quite helpful: they take a lot of space in the dissertations/essays of students/scholars of the "dull and laborious" class.
The stuff that gets a little more questionable are some of the putative chiasms in the narrative structure which embrace rather large sections of text and for which the analysts appear to pick and choose what they want to fill the slots of the chiasmus.
I'm reminded of a Hebrew chiastic structure which is quoted in the Gospels.
www.jehovahs-witness.com /10/85987/1.ashx   (1696 words)

 King Follett Discourse -- Control Page
The King Follett text is comprised of five pairs of parallel elements, i.e., macro structures, symmetrically arranged around a central "F" element, i.e., A-B-C-D-E-F-E-D-C-B-A. These larger themes impart unity to the text as a whole.
As John Breck surmised concerning the "rediscovery of chiasmus," scholars "have rightly sensed the intimate connection that exists between rhetorical form and thematic content, between the structure of the literary passage and its theological meaning." (Breck, the Shape of Biblical Language, p.
With no notes in front of him, the speech was masterfully conceived, crafted, and delivered as spontaneous as his rebuke to the prison guards at Richmond - nothing short of staggering the human imagination.
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 Romans: A House Church Manifesto? 1b (Drake)
When the innermost element of a chiasmus is unpaired, it is said to have "climactic centrality," the whole structure tending to give emphasis to the element at its focal point.
In suggesting a chiastic structure for Romans, the author is not trying to show that Paul was attempting to compose a work of artistic beauty.
It has already been mentioned that climactic centrality is effective for emphasis, and the chiasmus proposed for Romans fits into that category--to emphasize the main message of the letter, designated element F in Figure 1.
www.hccentral.com /romans/part1b.html   (1490 words)

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THE CHIASTIC STRUCTURE OF SHMOT & VAYIKRA This literary style is known as a chiastic structure (A-B- C-B-A), a literary tool which emphasizes unity of theme and accentuates a central point (C).
To uncover the significance of a chiastic structure, it is usually critical to identify its central point.
Finally, note (from this chiastic structure) how the mitzvot of Sefer Vayikra [GHI]- that were given from the ohel mo'ed (see 1:1) are surrounded by mitzvot that were given "be- Har Sinai" [ABCDEF].
www.tanach.org /vayikra/bhar1.txt   (2627 words)

 Leviticus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
The ordinances in this book are said to have been delivered in the space of a month, the first month of the second year after the exodus from Egypt.
A major Chiastic structure runs through practically all of this book.
For more detailed information see the article on Chiastic structure.
www.kernersville.us /project/wikipedia/index.php/Leviticus   (964 words)

 Biblical Theology Bulletin: Zechariah's unbelief and early Jewish-Christian... @ HighBeam Research   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
A chiastic structure that focuses on Zechariah's unbelieving response to the announcement of John's birth introduces a discontinuity between Judaism and Christianity, suggesting to the implied reader that the time has come to go beyond Judaism and embrace Christianity.
The Significance of the Chiastic Structure of Luke 1:5-25
Man concludes from his identification of the annunciation in vv 13-17 as the central element that the chiastic structure of 1:5-25 calls attention to the end of four centuries of prophetic silence in Israel, a conclusion that may be an uncritical imposition of a later rabbinical tradition about the cessation of prophecy (Greenspahn 1989).
www.highbeam.com /library/doc0.asp?DOCID=1G1:94384050&refid=holomed_1   (3530 words)

 Chiasm in the Gospel of Mark   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
With all these evidences of chiastic structure, it would seem well that we go hunting for the unifying idea for these stories.
The reflective point in chiastic structure has several properties which will make our search easier: (1) it is not usually one of the stories, (2) it generally occurs close to the midpoint between events, and (3) it verbalizes the concepts implied by the stories.
This is not the end of the chiastic structure in Mark.
www2.andrews.edu /~rickyr/ntc00.html   (1327 words)

 The Structure of the Book of Revelation
We will also suggest that a chiasm is a major part of the structure (and will explain it at that time), but will begin with much more fundamental elements.
In this structure, the parallel ideas are presented in an extended inverted sequence which is diagrammed as follows.
Of particular importance in chiastic structure is the fact that the most important thought is placed in the center or peak of the chiasm.
www.bibleonly.org /proph/rev/structure.html   (3801 words)

The most interesting structure is that of stanzas 1-5 which is in the form of a chiasm a-b-c-b'-a'.
The stanzas are interesting in that their structure is so regular, and in that the odd-numbered stanzas parallel the widest structure of the Psalm as a whole (Figure 9).
In the structure, this passage parallels the second stanza, and should begin with an act of God, so that the translation of Dahood, "The moon acts according to seasons," must be rejected.
energion.com /rpp/psalm104.shtml   (2832 words)

 Minutes of the Committee for Unity
This clear chiastic structure was a strong witness to me that this message was not the work of a man.
In this example we see clearly that the structure of this portion of the prophecy "points" to the central message of importance, which is that the house of Israel would be brought to a knowledge of the Messiah, being liberated from the captivity of the darkness which binds them down.
This is the general pattern of chiastic structures in the scriptures.
www.zionic.faithweb.com /Wheeler.htm   (2629 words)

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When analyzing complex chiasms, it is wise to run the program for large numbers r of random rearrangements only after estimating the time required, by running the program for fewer random rearrangements, such as r = 10000.
Program to calculate chiastic likelihood This program is free for noncommercial use.
Boyd F. Edwards, bedwards@wvu.edu, 13 April 2003 Chiasm: 1 Number n of chiastic elements: 2 Number of appearances of each chiastic element: 2,2 Number m of nonchiastic elements: 0 This chiasm is simple.
www.as.wvu.edu /phys/readme.txt   (922 words)

 Chiasmus Links -=- InTheBeginning.org
Kenneth Bailey draws on more than twenty years of experience with Middle Eastern peasant culture in his study of the literary structure and cultural milieu of sixteen of Jesus' most significant parables as they are recorded in Luke.
It offers, for instance, an intelligible role for the repeated "love command", showing it to be part of the chiastic framing and centering of the discourse as a whole.
Furthermore, it highlights the significance of the vine and branches teaching in John 15:1-17, allowing it to stand prominently as the turning point around which the discourse is built, and using its metaphor as the guiding principle by which the rest of the teachings of the discourse hold together.
www.inthebeginning.org /chiasmus/links.htm   (891 words)

 666man.Net - Chiastic Structures Explained
Chiastic Structures and Isaiah 14.  - This site is a very good explanation of chiastic structures.
A chiastic structure in Revelation.  - This site is an introduction to chiastic patterns found in the book of Revelation.
The Chiastic Structure of John.  - This site provides an application of chiasms for the works of John.
www.666man.net /Chiastic_Structures_Explained.html   (360 words)

 Rhetorical device - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This list contains both rhetorical devices per se, as well as other tools of spoken and written language that may be prominently used for rhetorical purposes.
Chiastic structure, in which attention is drawn to a main idea
Syntax, also known as sentence structure, may be used as a rhetorical device.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Rhetorical_device   (162 words)

 New Witness for Christ   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Writings from the small plates of Nephi are 72% chiastic, the abridgment of the large plates of Nephi is 46% chiastic.
The Chiastic Structure of 1 Nephi 1-9, 32
The Chiastic Structure of 1 Nephi 10-22, 33
www.mormon-defense-books.com /new_witness_for_christ.html   (546 words)

 The Camargo Foundation : Fellow Project Details
Not only do chiastic patterns apply to sentences, such as Quintilian's famous "one does not live to eat; one eats to live," but to paragraphs, short poems, epic poems, Biblical songs,.
Interlocking structure (ab-ba) is a variation of mirror, or chiastic structure.
Micro- and macro- chiastic phrases and structures are causes for reflections upon the meanings of the works sighted.
www.camargofoundation.org /fellowdetails.asp?recno=394   (256 words)

 Review of - FARMS Review
Gorton's, as his subtitle indicates, is in chiastic structures.
He tabulates the authors by percentage of chiasticity and then organizes the main part of the book accordingly, starting with one verse by God the Father, which gives him 100% chiasticity, down to Mosiah, who with one chiastic verse has only 4% chiasticity.
Printed structures help us visualize the patterns, but they can also get in the way with their accumulated letters, numbers, italics, and so forth.
farms.byu.edu /display.php?table=review&id=303   (1562 words)

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