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Literary structure (chiasm, chiasmus) of Book of Job


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 Job's fortunes and sufferings (1:1-2:10) 1-1 3-1 4-1 5-1
2 Job's friends (2:11-13) 1-1 3-1 4-1 5-1
3 Job curses the day he was born (3:1-26) 1-1 3-1 4-1 5-1
4 First dialogue of Eliphaz and Job (4:1-7:21) 1-1 3-1 4-1 5-1
5 First dialogue of Bildad and Job (8:1-10:22) 1-1 3-1 4-1 5-1
6 First dialogue of Zophar and Job (11:1-14:22) 1-1 3-1 4-1 5-2
7 Second dialogue of Eliphaz and Job (15:1-17:16) 1-1 3-1 4-1 4-2 5-2
8 Second dialogue of Bildad and Job (18:1-19:29) 1-1 3-1 4-2 5-2
9 Second dialogue of Zophar and Job (20:1-21:34) 1-1 3-1 3-2 4-2 5-2
10 Third dialogue of Eliphaz and Job (22:1-24:25) 1-1 3-2 4-2 5-2
11 Third dialogue of Bildad and Job (25:1-26:14) 1-1 3-2 4-2 5-3
12 Words of Job (27:1-23) 1-1 3-2 4-2 5-3
13 Where wisdom is found (28:1-28) 1-1 3-2 4-2 4-3 5-3
14 Words of Job (29:1-31:40) 1-1 3-2 4-3 5-3
15 Elifu rebukes Job and Job's friend (32:1-33:33) 1-1 3-2 4-3 5-3
16 Elifu proclaims God's justice (34:1-37) 1-1 3-2 4-3 5-4
17 Elifu condemns self-righteousness (35:1-16) 1-1 3-2 3-3 4-3 5-4
18 Elifu proclaims God's majesty (36:1-37:24) 1-1 3-3 4-3 5-4
19 The LORD answers Job (38:1-39:30) 1-1 3-3 4-3 4-4 5-4
20 Words of the LORD (40:1-2) 1-1 3-3 4-4 5-4
21 Words of Job (40:3-5) 1-1 3-3 4-4 5-5
22 Words of the LORD (40:6-41:26) 1-1 3-3 4-4 5-5
23 Words of Job (42:1-6) 1-1 3-3 4-4 5-5
24 Job's friends are humiliated (42:7-10) 1-1 3-3 4-4 5-5
25 Job's fortunes (42:11-17) 1-1 3-3 4-4 5-5

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