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Literary structure (chiasm, chiasmus) of Gospel of Mark


Correspondence table of Pericopes and Literary Structure


The text can be divided in 81 pericopes. This text includes, one 40 paired (81 pericopes) whole concentric structure, divided in two 20 paired concentric structures, divided in three 13 paired concentric structures, divided in four 10 paired concentric structures, divided in five 8 paired concentric structures, divided in nine 4 paired concentric structures.

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1 Prophecy of Isaiah (1:1-3) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-1 9-1
2 Proclamation of John the Baptist (1:4-8) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-1 9-1
3 Preparation for ministry (1:9-13) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-1 9-1
4 The beginning of the Galilean ministry (1:14-15) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-1 9-1
5 Jesus calls the first disciples (1:16-20) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-1 9-1
6 The man with an unclean spirit (1:21-28) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-1 9-1
7 Jesus heals many at Simon's house (1:29-39) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-1 9-1
8 Jesus cleanses a leper (1:40-45) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-1 9-1
9 Jesus heals a paralytic (2:1-12) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-1 9-1
10 Jesus calls Levi (2:13-17) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-1 9-2
11 The question about fasting (2:18-22) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-1 9-2
12 Pronoucement about the sabbath (2:23-28) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-1 9-2
13 The man with a withered hand (3:1-6) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-1 9-2
14 A multitude at the seaside (3:7-12) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-1 9-2
15 Jesus appoints the twelve (3:13-19) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-1 9-2
16 Jesus and Beelzebul (3:20-30) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-1 9-2
17 The true kindred of Jesus (3:31-35) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-1 5-2 9-2
18 The parable of the sower (4:1-20) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-2 9-2
19 The parables of the kingdom of God (4:21-34) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-2 9-3
20 Jesus stills a storm (4:35-41) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-2 9-3
21 Jesus heals the Gerasene demoniac (5:1-20) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 4-2 5-2 9-3
22 A girl restored to life and a woman healed (5:21-43) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-2 5-2 9-3
23 The rejection of Jesus at Nazareth (6:1-6) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-2 5-2 9-3
24 The mission of the twelve (6:7-13) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-2 5-2 9-3
25 The death of John the Baptist (6:14-29) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-2 5-2 9-3
26 Feeding the five thousand (6:30-44) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-2 5-2 9-3
27 Jesus walks on the water (6:45-53) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-2 5-2 9-3
28 Healing the sick in Gennesaret (6:54-56) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 5-2 9-4
29 The tradition on the elders (7:1-23) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 5-2 9-4
30 The Syrophoenician woman's faith (7:24-30) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 5-2 9-4
31 Jesus cures a deaf man (7:31-37) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 5-2 9-4
32 Feeding the four thousand (8:1-10) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 5-2 9-4
33 The yeast of the Pharisees and of Herod (8:11-21) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 5-2 5-3 9-4
34 Jesus cures a blind man at Bethsaida (8:22-26) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 5-3 9-4
35 Peter's declaration about Jesus (8:27-30) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 5-3 9-4
36 Jesus foretells his death and resurrection (8:31-33) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 5-3 9-4
37 Losing life for Jesus (8:34-38) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 5-3 9-5
38 A man who not taste death (9:1) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 5-3 9-5
39 The transfiguration (9:2-13) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 5-3 9-5
40 The healing of a boy with a spirit (9:14-29) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 5-3 9-5
41 Jesus again foretells his death and resurrection (9:30-32) 1-1 2-1 2-2 3-2 4-2 4-3 5-3 9-5
42 Who is the greatest? (9:33-50) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 5-3 9-5
43 Teaching about divorce (10:1-12) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 5-3 9-5
44 Jesus blesses little children (10:13-16) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 5-3 9-5
45 The rich man (10:17-31) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 5-3 9-5
46 A third time Jesus foretells his death and resurrection (10:32-34) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 5-3 9-6
47 The request of James and John (10:35-45) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 5-3 9-6
48 The healing of blind Bartimaeus (10:46-52) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 5-3 9-6
49 Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem (11:1-11) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 5-3 5-4 9-6
50 Jesus curses the fig tree (11:12-14) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 5-4 9-6
51 Jesus cleanses the temple (11:15-19) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 5-4 9-6
52 The lesson from the withered fig tree (11:20-26) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 5-4 9-6
53 Jesus' authority is questioned (11:27-33) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 5-4 9-6
54 The parable of the wicked tenants (12:1-12) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 5-4 9-6
55 The question about paying taxes (12:13-17) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-3 5-4 9-7
56 The question about the resurrection (12:18-27) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-3 5-4 9-7
57 The first commandment (12:28-34) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-3 5-4 9-7
58 The question about David's son (12:35-37) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-3 5-4 9-7
59 Jesus denounces the scribes (12:38-40) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-3 5-4 9-7
60 The widow's offering (12:41-44) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-3 5-4 9-7
61 The destruction of the temple foretold (13:1-23) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-3 4-4 5-4 9-7
62 The desolating sacrilege (13:24-27) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-4 9-7
63 The lesson of the fig tree (13:28-31) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-4 9-7
64 The necedssity of watchfulness (13:32-37) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-4 9-8
65 The plot to kill Jesus (14:1-2) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-4 5-5 9-8
66 The anointing at Bethany (14:3-9) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-5 9-8
67 Judas agrees to betray Jesus (14:10-11) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-5 9-8
68 The preparation for the Passover (14:12-16) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-5 9-8
69 The Passover with the disciples (14:17-21) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-5 9-8
70 The instructions of the Lord's supper (14:22-26) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-5 9-8
71 Peter's denial foretold (14:27-31) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-5 9-8
72 Jesus prays in Gethsemane (14:32-42) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-5 9-8
73 The betrayal and arrest of Jesus (14:43-52) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-5 9-9
74 Jesus before the council (14:53-65) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-5 9-9
75 Peter denies Jesus (14:66-72) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-5 9-9
76 Jesus before Pilate (15:1-5) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-5 9-9
77 Pilate hands Jesus over to be crucified (15:6-15) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-5 9-9
78 The crucifixion of Jesus (15:16-24) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-5 9-9
79 The death of Jesus (15:25-39) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-5 9-9
80 The burial of Jesus (15:40-47) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-5 9-9
81 The resurrection of Jesus (16:1-8) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-5 9-9

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