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Literary structure (chiasm, chiasmus) of Ecclesiastes


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.

Pericope14
(1:1-11) 1-1 4-1
(1:12-18) 1-1 4-1
(2:1-11) 1-1 4-1
(2:12-26) 1-1 4-1
(3:1-15) 1-1 4-1 4-2
(3:16-22) 1-1 4-2
(4:1-6) 1-1 4-2
(4:7-14) 1-1 4-2
(4:15-5:11) 1-1 4-2 4-3
10  (5:12-19) 1-1 4-3
11  (6:1-12) 1-1 4-3
12  (7:1-29) 1-1 4-3
13  (8:1-17) 1-1 4-3 4-4
14  (9:1-12) 1-1 4-4
15  (9:13-10:20) 1-1 4-4
16  (11:1-12:7) 1-1 4-4
17  (12:8-14) 1-1 4-4

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