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Literary structure (chiasm, chiasmus) of Book of Genesis


Correspondence table of Pericopes and Literary Structure


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1 Six Days of Creation and the Sabbath(1:1-2:4a) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-1 9-1
2 The Garden of Eden(2:4b-17) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-1 9-1
3 Creation of Woman(2:18-25) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-1 9-1
4 The First Sin and Its Punishment(3:1-24) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-1 9-1
5 Cain Murders Abel(4:1-26) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-1 9-1
6 Adam's Descendants to Noah and His Sons(5:1-32) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-1 9-1
7 The Great Flood(6:1-8:22) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-1 9-1
8 The Covenant with Noah(9:1-17) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-1 9-1
9 Noah and His Sons(9:18-29) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-1 9-1
10 Nations Descended from Noah(10:1-32) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-1 9-2
11 The Tower of Babel(11:1-9) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-1 9-2
12 Descendants of Shem(11:10-26) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-1 9-2
13 Descendants of Terah(11:27-32) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-1 9-2
14 The Call of Abram(12:1-9) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-1 9-2
15 Abram and Sarai in Egypt(12:10-20) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-1 9-2
16 Abram and Lot Separate(13:1-18) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-1 9-2
17 Lot's Captivity(14:1-12) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-1 5-2 9-2
18 Abram and Melchizedek(14:13-24) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-2 9-2
19 God's Covenant with Abram(15:1-21) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-2 9-3
20 The Birth of Ishmael(16:1-16) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-2 9-3
21 The Sign of the Covenant(17:1-27) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 4-2 5-2 9-3
22 A Son Promised to Abraham and Sarah(18:1-15) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-2 5-2 9-3
23 Judgment Pronounced on Sodom(18:16-33) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-2 5-2 9-3
24 The Depravity of Sodom(19:1-11) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-2 5-2 9-3
25 Sodom and Gomorrah Destroyed(19:12-29) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-2 5-2 9-3
26 The Shameful Origin of Moab and Ammon(19:30-38) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-2 5-2 9-3
27 Abraham and Sarah at Gerar(20:1-18) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-2 5-2 9-3
28 The Birth of Isaac(21:1-8) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 5-2 9-4
29 Hagar and Ishmael Sent Away(21:9-21) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 5-2 9-4
30 The Covenant of Abram and Abimelech(21:22-34) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 5-2 9-4
31 The Command to Sacrifice Isaac(22:1-19) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 5-2 9-4
32 The Children of Nahor(22:20-24) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 5-2 9-4
33 Sarah's Death and Burial(23:1-20) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 5-2 5-3 9-4
34 The Marriage of Isaac and Rebekah(24:1-67) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 5-3 9-4
35 Abraham Marries Keturah(25:1-6) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 5-3 9-4
36 The Death of Abraham(25:7-11) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 5-3 9-4
37 Ishmael's Descendants(25:12-18) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 5-3 9-5
38 The Birth and Youth of Esau and Jacob(25:19-28) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 5-3 9-5
39 Esau Sells His Birthright(25:29-34) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 5-3 9-5
40 Isaac and Abimelech(26:1-14) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 5-3 9-5
41 Trouble with Wells, Covenant with God(26:15-25) 1-1 2-1 2-2 3-2 4-2 4-3 5-3 9-5
42 Covenant with Abimelech(26:26-33) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 5-3 9-5
43 Esau's Hittite Wives(26:34-35) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 5-3 9-5
44 Jacob Steals the Blessing(27:1-40) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 5-3 9-5
45 Rebekah Recommends that Jacob Flee(27:41-45) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 5-3 9-5
46 Jacob Escapes Esau's Fury(27:46-28:9) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 5-3 9-6
47 Jacob's Dream at Bethel(28:10-22) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 5-3 9-6
48 Jacob Meets Rachel(29:1-14b) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 5-3 9-6
49 Jacob Marries Laban's Daughters(29:14c-30) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 5-3 5-4 9-6
50 Children of Jacob(29:31-30:24) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 5-4 9-6
51 Jacob Prospers at Laban's Expense(30:25-43) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 5-4 9-6
52 Jacob Flees with Family and Flocks(31:1-21) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 5-4 9-6
53 Laban Overtakes Jacob(31:22-42) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 5-4 9-6
54 Laban and Jacob Make a Covenant(31:43-54) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 5-4 9-6
55 Mahanaim(32:1-13) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-3 5-4 9-7
56 Jacob Sends Presents to Appease Esau(32:14-22) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-3 5-4 9-7
57 Jacob Wrestles at Peniel(32:23-33) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-3 5-4 9-7
58 Jacob and Esau Meet(33:1-20) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-3 5-4 9-7
59 The Rape of Dinah(34:1-31) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-3 5-4 9-7
60 Jacob Returns to Bethel(35:1-8) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-3 5-4 9-7
61 The Covenant Renewed(35:9-15) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-3 4-4 5-4 9-7
62 Deaths and Birth of a Child(35:16-29) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-4 9-7
63 Esau's Descendants(36:1-43) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-4 9-7
64 Joseph Dreams of Greatness(37:1-11) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-4 9-8
65 Joseph is Sold by His Brothers(37:12-36) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-4 5-5 9-8
66 Judah and Tamar(38:1-30) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-5 9-8
67 Joseph and Potiphar's Wife(39:1-23) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-5 9-8
68 Joseph Interprets Dreams(40:1-41:45) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-5 9-8
69 Children of Joseph(41:46-57) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-5 9-8
70 Joseph's Brothers' First Trip to Egypt(42:1-38) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-5 9-8
71 Joseph's Brothers' Second Trip to Egypt(43:1-45:28) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-5 9-8
72 Jacob Brings His Whole Family to Egypt(46:1-7) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-5 9-8
73 List of Jacob's Family(46:8-27) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-5 9-9
74 Jacob and Pharaoh(46:28-47:12) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-5 9-9
75 The Famine in Egypt(47:13-26) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-5 9-9
76 The Last Days of Jacob(47:27-31) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-5 9-9
77 Jacob Blesses Joseph's Sons(48:1-22) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-5 9-9
78 Jacob's Last Words to His Sons(49:1-28) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-5 9-9
79 Jacob's Death and Burial(49:29-50:14) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-5 9-9
80 Joseph Forgives His Brothers(50:15-21) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-5 9-9
81 Joseph's Last Days and Death(50:22-26) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-5 9-9

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