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Literary structure (chiasm, chiasmus) of Books of Kings


Correspondence table of Pericopes and Literary Structure


1 and 2 Kings were not separated in original Hebrew version.
The text can be divided in 81 (9 x 9) pericopes. This text includes, one 40 paired (81 pericopes) whole concentric structure, divided in two 20 paired concentric structures, divided in three 13 paired concentric structures, divided in four 10 paired concentric structures, divided in five 8 paired concentric structures, divided in nine 4 paired concentric structures.

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1 The struggle for the succession (1K1:1-21) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-1 9-1
2 The accession of Solomon (1K1:22-40) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-1 9-1
3 Fear of Adonijah (1K1:41-53) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-1 9-1
4 Death of David (1K2:1-46) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-1 9-1
5 Solomon's wisdom (1K3:1-28) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-1 9-1
6 Magnificense of Solomon's rule (1K4:1-1K5:14) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-1 9-1
7 Preparation for the Temple (1K5:15-32) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-1 9-1
8 Solomon builds the Temple (1K6:1-38) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-1 9-1
9 Solomon's palace and other buildings (1K7:1-12) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-1 9-1
10 Products of Hiram the bronzeworker (1K7:13-51) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-1 9-2
11 Dedication of the Temple (1K8:1-53) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-1 9-2
12 Solomon blesses the assembly (1K8:54-66) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-1 9-2
13 God appears again to Solomon (1K9:1-9) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-1 9-2
14 Other acts of Solomon (1K9:10-28) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-1 9-2
15 Visits of the queen of Sheba (1K10:1-13) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-1 9-2
16 Wealth of Solomon (1K10:14-29) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-1 9-2
17 Solomon's erros (1K11:1-43) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-1 5-2 9-2
18 The northern tribes secede (1K12:1-19) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-2 9-2
19 A man of God from Judah (1K12:20-1K13:34) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-2 9-3
20 Judgment on the house of Jeroboam (1K14:1-20) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-2 9-3
21 Rehoboam reigns over Judah (1K14:21-31) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 4-2 5-2 9-3
22 Abijam reigns over Judah (1K15:1-8) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-2 5-2 9-3
23 Asa reigns over Judah (1K15:9-24) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-2 5-2 9-3
24 Nadab reigns over Israel (1K15:25-32) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-2 5-2 9-3
25 Bassha reigns over Israel (1K15:33-1K16:7) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-2 5-2 9-3
26 Elah reigns over Israel (1K16:8-14) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-2 5-2 9-3
27 Zimri reigns over Israel (1K16:15-22) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-2 5-2 9-3
28 Omri reigns over israel (1K16:23-28) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 5-2 9-4
29 Ahab reigns over Israel (1K16:29-34) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 5-2 9-4
30 Elijah predicts a drought (1K17:1-24) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 5-2 9-4
31 Elijah's message to Ahab (1K18:1-15) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 5-2 9-4
32 Elijah's triumph over the priests of Baal (1K18:16-40) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 5-2 9-4
33 The drought ends (1K18:41-46) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 5-2 5-3 9-4
34 Elijah flees from Jezebel (1K19:1-21) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 5-3 9-4
35 Ahab's woars with the Arameans (1K20:1-43) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 5-3 9-4
36 Naboth's vineyard (1K21:1-29) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 5-3 9-4
37 Defeat and death of Ahab (1K22:1-40) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 5-3 9-5
38 Jehoshaphat reigns over Judah (1K22:41-51) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 5-3 9-5
39 Ahaziah reigns over Israel (1K22:52-54) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 5-3 9-5
40 Elijah denounces Ahaziah (2K1:1-18) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 5-3 9-5
41 Elisha secceeds Elijah (2K2:1-25) 1-1 2-1 2-2 3-2 4-2 4-3 5-3 9-5
42 Jehoram reigns over Israel (2K3:1-27) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 5-3 9-5
43 Elisha performs miracles (2K4:1-2K6:7) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 5-3 9-5
44 The Aramean attack is thwarted (2K6:8-2K7:20) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 5-3 9-5
45 Elisha performs miracles (2K8:1-15) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 5-3 9-5
46 Jehoram reigns over Judah (2K8:16-24) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 5-3 9-6
47 Ahaziah reigns over Judah (2K8:25-29) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 5-3 9-6
48 Rebellion of Jefu (2K9:1-37) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 5-3 9-6
49 Slaughter of worshipers of Baal (2K10:1-36) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 5-3 5-4 9-6
50 Athaliah and Jehoiada (2K11:1-20_2K12:1) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 5-4 9-6
51 Joash reigns over Judah (2K12:2-22) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 5-4 9-6
52 Jehoahaz reigns over Israel (2K13:1-9) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 5-4 9-6
53 Jehoash reigns over Israel (2K13:10-13) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 5-4 9-6
54 Death of Elisha (2K13:14-21) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 5-4 9-6
55 Israel recaptures cities from Aram (2K13:22-25) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-3 5-4 9-7
56 Amaziah reigns over Judah (2K14:1-22) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-3 5-4 9-7
57 Jeroboam II reigns over Israel (2K14:23-29) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-3 5-4 9-7
58 Azariah reigns over Judah (2K15:1-7) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-3 5-4 9-7
59 Zechariah reigns over Israel (2K15:8-12) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-3 5-4 9-7
60 Shallum reigns over Israel (2K15:13-16) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-3 5-4 9-7
61 Menahem reigns over Israel (2K15:17-22) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-3 4-4 5-4 9-7
62 Pekahiah reigns over Israel (2K15:23-26) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-4 9-7
63 Pekah reigns over Israel (2K15:27-31) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-4 9-7
64 Jotham reigns over Judah (2K15:32-38) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-4 9-8
65 Ahaz reigns over Judah (2K16:1-20) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-4 5-5 9-8
66 Hoshea reigns over Israel (2K17:1-6) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-5 9-8
67 Israel carried captive to Assyria (2K17:7-41) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-5 9-8
68 Hezekiah's reign over Judah (2K18:1-16) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-5 9-8
69 Sennacherib invades Judah (2K18:17-2K19:37) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-5 9-8
70 Hezekiah's illness (2K20:1-21) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-5 9-8
71 Manasseh reigns over Judah (2K21:1-18) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-5 9-8
72 Amon reigns over Judah (2K21:19-26) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-5 9-8
73 Josiah reigns over Judah (2K22:1-20) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-5 9-9
74 Josiah's reformation (2K23:1-30) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-5 9-9
75 Reign and capitivity of Jehoahaz (2K23:31-35) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-5 9-9
76 Jehoiakim reigns over Judah (2K23:36-2K24:7) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-5 9-9
77 Reign and capitivity of Jehoiachin (2K24:8-17) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-5 9-9
78 Zedekiah reigns over Judah (2K24:18-2K25:7) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-5 9-9
79 The fall and captivity of Judah (2K25:8-21) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-5 9-9
80 Gedaliah made governor of Judah (2K25:22-26) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-5 9-9
81 Jehoiachin released from prison (2K25:27-30) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-5 9-9

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