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Literary structure (chiasm, chiasmus) of Book of Leviticus


Correspondence table of Pericopes and Literary Structure


The text can be divided in 25 (5 x 5) pericopes. This text includes, one 12 paired (25 pericopes) whole concentric structure, divided in three 4 paired concentric structures, divided in four 3 paired concentric structures, divided in five 2 paired concentric structures.

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1 Offerings (1:1-3:17) 1-1 3-1 4-1 5-1
2 Sin Offerings (4:1-5:13) 1-1 3-1 4-1 5-1
3 Offerings With Restitution (5:14-26) 1-1 3-1 4-1 5-1
4 Instructions Concering Sacrifices (6:1-7:10) 1-1 3-1 4-1 5-1
5 Further Instructions (7:11-38) 1-1 3-1 4-1 5-1
6 The Rites Of Ordination (8:1-36) 1-1 3-1 4-1 5-2
7 Aaron'S Priesthood Inaugumented (9:1-24) 1-1 3-1 4-1 4-2 5-2
8 Nadab And Abihu (10:1-20) 1-1 3-1 4-2 5-2
9 Clean And Unclean Foods, Animals (11:1-47) 1-1 3-1 3-2 4-2 5-2
10 Purification Of Women After Childbirth (12:1-8) 1-1 3-2 4-2 5-2
11 Leprosy (13:1-14:57) 1-1 3-2 4-2 5-3
12 Concerning Bodily Discharges (15:1-33) 1-1 3-2 4-2 5-3
13 The Day Of Atonment (16:1-34) 1-1 3-2 4-2 4-3 5-3
14 The Slaughtering Of Animals (17:1-16) 1-1 3-2 4-3 5-3
15 Ritual And Moral Holiness (18:1-20:27) 1-1 3-2 4-3 5-3
16 The Holiness Of Priests (21:1-15) 1-1 3-2 4-3 5-4
17 Handicapped Priests (21:16-24) 1-1 3-2 3-3 4-3 5-4
18 The Use Of Holy Offerings (22:1-16) 1-1 3-3 4-3 5-4
19 Acceptable Offerings (22:17-33) 1-1 3-3 4-3 4-4 5-4
20 Appointed Festivals (23:1-44) 1-1 3-3 4-4 5-4
21 The Lamp And Bread (24:1-9) 1-1 3-3 4-4 5-5
22 Blasphemy And Its Punishment (24:10-23) 1-1 3-3 4-4 5-5
23 The Sabbatical Year And Jubilee (25:1-55) 1-1 3-3 4-4 5-5
24 Obedience And Disobedience (26:1-46) 1-1 3-3 4-4 5-5
25 Votive Offerings (27:1-34) 1-1 3-3 4-4 5-5

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