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Literary structure (chiasm, chiasmus) of Book of Ezra and Nehemiah


Correspondence table of Pericopes and Literary Structure


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1 End of the Babylonian captivity(Ezr1:1-11) 1-1 3-1 4-1 5-1
2 List of the returned exiles(Ezr2:1-70) 1-1 3-1 4-1 5-1
3 Worship restored at Jerusalem(Ezr3:1-7) 1-1 3-1 4-1 5-1
4 Resistance to rebuilding the Temple(Ezr4:1-24) 1-1 3-1 4-1 5-1
5 Restoration of the Temple resumed(Ezr5:1-17_Ezr6:1-14) 1-1 3-1 4-1 5-1
6 Completion of the temple(Ezr6:14-18) 1-1 3-1 4-1 5-2
7 Passover(Ezr6:19-22) 1-1 3-1 4-1 4-2 5-2
8 Heads of families who returned with Ezra(Ezr7:1-28_Ezr8:1-14) 1-1 3-1 4-2 5-2
9 The return to Jerusalem(Ezr8:15-36) 1-1 3-1 3-2 4-2 5-2
10 Denunciation of mixed marriages(Ezr9:1-15_Ezr10:1-4) 1-1 3-2 4-2 5-2
11 Foreign wives and their children rejected(Ezr10:5-17) 1-1 3-2 4-2 5-3
12 List of the sinned people(Ezr10:18-44) 1-1 3-2 4-2 5-3
13 Nehemiah prays for his people(Ne1:1-11_Ne2:1-20) 1-1 3-2 4-2 4-3 5-3
14 Organization of the work(Ne3:1-32) 1-1 3-2 4-3 5-3
15 Hostile plots thwarted(Ne3:33-38_Ne4:1-17) 1-1 3-2 4-3 5-3
16 Nehemiah deals with oppression(Ne5:1-19) 1-1 3-2 4-3 5-4
17 Intrigues of enemies foiled(Ne6:1-19) 1-1 3-2 3-3 4-3 5-4
18 List of the returned exiles(Ne7:1-72a) 1-1 3-3 4-3 5-4
19 Ezra summons the people to obey the law(Ne7:72b_Ne8:1-18) 1-1 3-3 4-3 4-4 5-4
20 National confession(Ne9:1-37) 1-1 3-3 4-4 5-4
21 List of covenant(Ne10:1-30) 1-1 3-3 4-4 5-5
22 Covenant(Ne10:31-40) 1-1 3-3 4-4 5-5
23 People live inside and outside Jerusalem(Ne11:1-36) 1-1 3-3 4-4 5-5
24 Dedication of the city wall(Ne12:1-47) 1-1 3-3 4-4 5-5
25 The reforms of Nehemiah(Ne13:1-31) 1-1 3-3 4-4 5-5

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