About this site

  • Our goal is  to encourage everyone to read the  Bible for themselves with excitement and understanding   by  paying closer attention to the structures of thought revealed in the Scriptures.

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works” (2 Timothy:16,17).

  • We have set up this blog to  receive, share and discuss possible chiastic and other types of literary structures that careful Bible readers can discover for themselves. We do this not as academics in the field of Bible studies but as keen Bible students who have quite recently stumbled upon the awesome non-linear patterns of thought that give us  a clearer understanding and richer appreciation of the beauty and power of the Word of God.
  • The chiasms posted here have so far in the main been those discovered by ourselves and our friends in daily Bible reading and study.  It is encouraging to see that several also appear in academic literature and websites,  giving us some confidence that we are on the right lines. However, the lists in this blog should be considered always to be work in progress put forward to stimulate personal Bible study and reflection.  Please do not take them as definitive but  check them for yourself before marking them in your Bible.
  • This site is run by members of the Christadelphian community – Mark Allfree, Sam Day, Simon Evans, Stephen Palmer (Administrator), David Robson, Richard Snelling – and has the endorsement of the Mumbles Christadelphian Ecclesia – http://www.thisisyourbible.com/mumbles.

 

 

 

 

7 thoughts on “About this site”

    1. Many thanks LJH for the reference to your very helpful site. As far as I am aware none of the chiasms posted on this site, unless specifically indicated, have originated from other sources (although many may have been discovered by others already). If future contributors do propose chiasms identified by others please indicate the source appropriately. SRP.

  1. Please add to main archives:
    2 CORINTHIANS 5v19-21
    e: God was in Christ (v19)

    d: trespasses

    c: reconciliation

    b: for Christ (v20)

    A: as though God did beseech you by us.

    b:in Christ’s stead

    c:reconciled to God

    d: in Christ’s stead

    e: God in him.

  2. GENESIS 2v15-3v24:
    e: The man is placed in the garden of Eden. (2v15)

    d: God commands the man. (v16)

    c: The creation of woman. (v22)

    b: The serpent tempts Eve. (3v1)

    A: The first sin. (v6)

    b: The serpent is punished. (v14)

    c: The woman is punished. (v16)

    d: The man is punished. (v17-19)

    e: The man is driven out. (v24)
    (That one was based on one from a book by Dorsey.)

    GENESIS 21v14-21:
    h: took bread (v14)

    g: wilderness of Beersheba

    f: water (v15)

    e: “Let me not see” (v16)

    d: lift up her voice

    c: God heard the voice of the lad. (v17)

    b: angel of God

    A: “What aileth thee, Hagar?”

    b: “fear not”

    c: God hath heard the voice of the lad

    d: “lift up the lad” (v18)

    e: God opened her eyes (v19)

    f: water

    g: wilderness of Paran (v21)

    h: took him a wife.

  3. MATTHEW 5v22-48

    C: (22) Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:

    B: (23) But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

    A: Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;
    (24) Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.

    A: (25) Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.

    B: (26) Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.

    C: (27) Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:

    B: (28) But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

    A: (29) And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

    A: (30) And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

    B: (31) It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement:
    (32) But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.

    C: (33) Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths:

    B: (34) But I say unto you, Swear not at all;

    A: neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne:
    (35) Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool:

    A: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King.
    (36) Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.

    B: But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.

    C: (38) Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:

    B: (39) But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

    A: (40) And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also.

    A: (41) And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.

    B: (42) Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.

    C: (43) Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.

    B: (44) But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
    (45) That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

    A: (46) For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?

    A: (47) And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?

    B: Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

  4. A possible Chiasm in 1 Samuel chapter 1:

    (A) vs 1-6 – No Child

    (B) vs 7 – Sacrifice each year to the LORD

    (C) vs 8 – Elkanah speaks to Hannah

    (D) vs 11 – Asks God to remember her in her prayer

    (E) vs 15 – Hannah poured out her heart in prayer to the LORD

    (D) vs 19 – The LORD remembered Hannah

    (C) vs 23 – Elkanah speaks to Hannah

    (B) vs 24 – Sacrifice to God for the child

    (A) vs 27-28 – She was given a child

  5. Well spotted Jordan. Thanks for sending this in and keep looking for the amazing patterns in God’s Word

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