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Literary structure (chiasm, chiasmus) of Book of Ezekiel


Correspondence table of Pericopes and Literary Structure


The text can be divided in 49 (7 x 7) pericopes. This text includes, one 24 paired (49 pericopes) whole concentric structure, divided in two 12 paired concentric structures, divided in three 8 paired concentric structures, divided in four 6 paired concentric structures, divided in seven 3 paired concentric structures.

Pericope12347
1 The calling of Ezekiel (1:1-3:15) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 7-1
2 Ezekiel at the river Chebar (3:16-27) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 7-1
3 Defiled bread (4:1-15) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 7-1
4 Hair and beard (4:16-5:17) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 7-1
5 Judgment on idolatrous Israel (6:1-14) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 7-1
6 Impending disaster (7:1-27) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 7-1
7 Abominations in the temple (8:1-18) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 7-1
8 The slaughter of the idolaters (9:1-11) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 7-2
9 God's glory leaves Jerusalem (10:1-22) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 7-2
10 God will restore Israel (11:1-25) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 7-2
11 Judah's captivity portrayed (12:1-28) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 7-2
12 False prophets condemned (13:1-23) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 7-2
13 God's judgment justified (14:1-15:8) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 4-2 7-2
14 God's faithless bride (16:1-63) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-2 7-2
15 The two eagles and the vine (17:1-24) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-2 7-3
16 Individual retribution (18:1-32) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-2 7-3
17 Israel degraded (19:1-14) 1-1 2-1 3-1 3-2 4-2 7-3
18 Israel's continuing rebellion (20:1-44) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 7-3
19 The drawn sword of God (21:1-12) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 7-3
20 The sword is doubled and tripled (21:13-22) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 7-3
21 Road of the sword (21:23-37) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 7-3
22 The blood city (22:1-31) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 7-4
23 Oholah and Oholibah (23:1-49) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 7-4
24 The boiling pot (24:1-14) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 7-4
25 Ezekiel's bereavement (24:15-27) 1-1 2-1 2-2 3-2 4-2 4-3 7-4
26 Proclamation against Ammon, Moab, Edom and Philistia (25:1-17) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 7-4
27 Proclamation against Tyre and Sidon (26:1-28:26) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 7-4
28 Proclamation against Egypt (29:1-16) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 7-4
29 Babylonia will plunder Egypt (29:17-30:19) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 7-5
30 Proclamation against Pharaoh (30:20-26) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 7-5
31 The lofty cedar (31:1-18) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 7-5
32 Lamentation over Pharaoh and Egypt (32:1-16) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 7-5
33 Dirge over Egypt (32:17-32) 1-1 2-2 3-2 3-3 4-3 7-5
34 Ezekiel Israel's sentry (33:1-20) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-3 7-5
35 The fall of Jerusalem (33:21-33) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-3 7-5
36 Israel's false shepherds (34:1-10) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-3 7-6
37 God, the true shepherd (34:11-31) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-3 4-4 7-6
38 Judgment on Mount Seir (35:1-36:15) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 7-6
39 The renewal of Israel (36:16-38) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 7-6
40 The valley of dry bones (37:1-14) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 7-6
41 The two sticks (37:15-28) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 7-6
42 Invasion by Gog (38:1-39:29) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 7-6
43 The vision of the new temple (40:1-42:20) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 7-7
44 The divine glory returns to the temple (43:1-44:3) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 7-7
45 The Levitical priests (44:4-31) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 7-7
46 The holy district (45:1-9) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 7-7
47 Festivals and offerings (45:10-46:18) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 7-7
48 Water flowing from the temple (46:19-47:12) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 7-7
49 The new boundaries of the land (47:13-48:34) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 7-7

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