Our Aim

  • this site has been set up to encourage Bible readers to look ever more closely and discover ever more powerfully the wonder of the Word of God.
  • We  share and discuss possible chiastic and other 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.( I have added an asterisk* to posts where reference to academic articles or books are made either in the post or in a comment). 
  • 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.
  • Where I have thought it helpful I have included proposals  from academic writers, and to avoid the impression of  plagiarism I have given the source reference. Readers will understand  that we are not thereby endorsing  any particular  doctrinal views held by these authors.
  • This site is run by members of the Christadelphian community http://www.thechristadelphians.org.uk/   and has the endorsement of the Mumbles Christadelphian Ecclesia – http://www.thisisyourbible.com/mumbles.

Stephen Palmer – Administrator

6 thoughts on “Our Aim”

  1. I appreciated your site. I too believe chiasms are remarkable and even at times help to interpret. I am newer to this than you, but I have been putting a collection together on perrydox.com under the tag “chiasm.” Feel free to check it out and critique when you see a better way.

  2. Currently I am teaching an inductive Bible Study Course. A couple weeks ago we looked at this site with great interest and found a whole lot of fun. In class this last week, we logged on together and saw that we could click on a book name and see a list of references for chiasms. This let the students try their hand at figuring it out before actually viewing what was posted. Today however, one of my students notice the change of format. It was better before this change in formatting.

  3. I found this website on Google and I love it! But where can I submit the chiasms that I have found? I have found many over the years and I think many of them are not posted here.

  4. Upon learning of the chiastic structures in Scripture back in 1998, I discovered the following chiasmus in the gospel of John in 2003. What struck me (in addition to the center being Jesus leaving us an example) was that of the 7 points on either side of the center, the center of those 7 points is about Jesus serving both the one who would deny him and the one who would betray him. It seems as though this gives us an even more precise explanation of his commandment to love one another and do as he has done for us. We are not merely to love those who love us but even love those who would deny or betray us.

    A. The Command from the Father (12:46-50)
    B. Almost Time for Jesus to Leave (13:1)
    C. Judas is Prompted to Betray Jesus (13:2)
    D. Jesus Serves the One Who Will Deny Him (13:3-5)
    E. Peter Questions Jesus (13:6-9)
    F. Jesus Knows His Betrayer (13:10-11)
    G. Clarifying Titles/Roles (Teacher/Lord) (13:12-14)
    H. Jesus’ Example: Do as I Have Done For You (13:15)
    G’. Clarifying Titles/Roles (Servant/Master) (13:16-17)
    F’. Jesus Knows His Betrayer (13:18-21)
    E’. Peter Questions Jesus (13:22-25)
    D’. Jesus Serves the One Who Will Betray Him (13:26)
    C’. Judas is Prompted to Betray Jesus (13:27b-30)
    B’. Almost Time for Jesus to Leave (13:31-33)
    A’. The New Command from Jesus (13:34-35)

  5. Erik, this is very interesting. I have copied your comment to the John 13 post as well. Apologies but when I do that the comment is reported on the from page as from Admin.

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