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Literary structure (chiasm, chiasmus) of Book of Joshua


Correspondence table of Pericopes and Literary Structure


The text can be divided in 31 pericopes. This text includes, one 15 paired (31 pericopes) whole concentric structure, divided in three 5 paired concentric structures, divided in five 3 paired concentric structures.

Pericope135
1 God's commission to Joshua (1:1-18) 1-1 3-1 5-1
2 Spies sent to Jericho (2:1-24) 1-1 3-1 5-1
3 Israel crosses the Jordan (3:1-17) 1-1 3-1 5-1
4 Twelve stones set up at Gilgal (4:1-24_5:1) 1-1 3-1 5-1
5 The new generation circumcised (5:2-12) 1-1 3-1 5-1
6 The Passover (5:10-12) 1-1 3-1 5-1
7 Joshua's vision (5:13-15) 1-1 3-1 5-1 5-2
8 Jerico taken and destroyed (6:1-25) 1-1 3-1 5-2
9 Curse of Joshua (6:26-27) 1-1 3-1 5-2
10 The sin of Achan and its punishment (7:1-26) 1-1 3-1 5-2
11 Ai captured by a stratagem and destroyed (8:1-29) 1-1 3-1 3-2 5-2
12 Joshua renews the covenant (8:30-35) 1-1 3-2 5-2
13 The Gibeonites save themselves by trickery (9:1-27) 1-1 3-2 5-2 5-3
14 Five kings defeated (10:1-43) 1-1 3-2 5-3
15 The united kings of northern Canaan defeated (11:1-15) 1-1 3-2 5-3
16 Summary of Joshua's conquests (11:16-23) 1-1 3-2 5-3
17 The kings conquered by Moses and Joshua (12:1-24) 1-1 3-2 5-3
18 The parts of Canaan still unconquered (13:1-7) 1-1 3-2 5-3
19 The territory east of the Jordan (13:8-14) 1-1 3-2 5-3 5-4
20 The territory of Reuben, Gad and Manasseh (13:15-33) 1-1 3-2 5-4
21 The distribution of territory west of the Jordan (14:1-5) 1-1 3-2 3-3 5-4
22 The territory of Judah (14:6-15:63) 1-1 3-3 5-4
23 The territory of Ephraim and Manasseh (16:1-17:18) 1-1 3-3 5-4
24 The territories ofn the remaining tribes (18:1-19:51) 1-1 3-3 5-4
25 The cities of refuge (20:1-9) 1-1 3-3 5-4 5-5
26 Cities allotted to Levities (21:1-45) 1-1 3-3 5-5
27 The eastern tribes return to their terittory (22:1-8) 1-1 3-3 5-5
28 The Altar of the Eastern tribes (22:9-34) 1-1 3-3 5-5
29 Joshua exhorts the people (23:1-16) 1-1 3-3 5-5
30 The tribes renew the covenant (24:1-28) 1-1 3-3 5-5
31 Death of Joshua and Eleazar (24:29-33) 1-1 3-3 5-5

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