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Literary structure (chiasm, chiasmus) of Book of Job


Correspondence table of Pericopes and Literary Structure


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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

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