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Literary structure (chiasm, chiasmus) of Book of Exodus


Correspondence table of Pericopes and Literary Structure


The text can be divided in 49 (7 x 7) pericopes. This text includes, one 24 paired (49 pericopes) whole concentric structure, divided in two 12 paired concentric structures, divided in three 8 paired concentric structures, divided in four 6 paired concentric structures, divided in seven 3 paired concentric structures.

Pericope12347
1 Introduction (1:1-7) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 7-1
2 Construction of Cities (1:8-14) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 7-1
3 Command to Kill Boys (1:15-22) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 7-1
4 Birth and Youth of Moses (2:1-10) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 7-1
5 Moses flees to Midian (2:11-15) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 7-1
6 Marriage of Moses (2:16-22) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 7-1
7 The LORD's Mercy for Israel (2:23-25) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 7-1
8 Moses at the Burning Bush (3:1-4:17) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 7-2
9 Moses Returns to Egypt (4:18-31) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 7-2
10 Bricks without Straw (5:1-23) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 7-2
11 Israel's Deliverance Assured (6:1-12) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 7-2
12 The Genealogy of Moses and Aaron (6:13-27) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 7-2
13 Aaron's Miraculous Rod (6:28-7:7) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 4-2 7-2
14 Ten Miracles (7:8-10:29) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-2 7-2
15 Warning of the Final Plague (11:1-10) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-2 7-3
16 The First Passover Instituted (12:1-28) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-2 7-3
17 The Tenth Plague (12:29-32) 1-1 2-1 3-1 3-2 4-2 7-3
18 The Exodus (12:33-41) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 7-3
19 Directions for the Passover (12:42-51) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 7-3
20 The Consecration of the First-born (13:1-2) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 7-3
21 The Festival of Unleavened Bread (13:3-10) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 7-3
22 The Consecration of the First-born (13:11-16) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 7-4
23 The Pillars of Cloud and Fire (13:17-22) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 7-4
24 Crossing the Red Sea (14:1-18) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 7-4
25 The Pursuers Drowned (14:19-31) 1-1 2-1 2-2 3-2 4-2 4-3 7-4
26 The Song of Moses (15:1-19) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 7-4
27 The Song of Miriam (15:20-21) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 7-4
28 Bitter Water Made Sweet (15:22-27) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 7-4
29 Bread from Heaven (16:1-36) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 7-5
30 Water from the Rock (17:1-7) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 7-5
31 Amalek Attacks Israel and Is Defeated (17:8-16) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 7-5
32 Jethro's Advice (18:1-27) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 7-5
33 The Israelites Reach Mount Sinai (19:1-9) 1-1 2-2 3-2 3-3 4-3 7-5
34 The LORD Comes Down upon Mount Sinai (19:10-19) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-3 7-5
35 Moses goes up to Mount Sinai (19:20-25) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-3 7-5
36 The Ten Commandments (20:1-21) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-3 7-6
37 The Book of the Covenant (20:22-23:33) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-3 4-4 7-6
38 The Blood of the Covenant (24:1-18) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 7-6
39 The Command to Make the Tabernacle (25:1-31:12) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 7-6
40 Sabbath Regulations (31:12-18) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 7-6
41 The Golden Calf (32:1-33:6) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 7-6
42 The Tent Outside the Camp (33:7-11) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 7-6
43 The LORD goes with Israelites (33:12-17) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 7-7
44 The Glory of God (33:18-23) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 7-7
45 The Covenant Renewed (34:1-28) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 7-7
46 The shining face of Moses (34:29-35) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 7-7
47 Preparation for Constructing the Tabernacle (35:1-39:43) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 7-7
48 Construction of the Tabernacle (40:1-33) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 7-7
49 The Cloud and the Glory (40:34-38) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 7-7

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