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


List of Literary Structures


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3-1  3-2  3-3 

4-1  4-2  4-3  4-4 

5-1  5-2  5-3  5-4  5-5 

List of Pericopes


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


Citations of the Bible are from New American Bible and New Revised Standard Version