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Literary structure (chiasm, chiasmus) of Gospel of John


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 word became flesh (1:1-18) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 7-1
2 The testimony of John the Baptist (1:19-28) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 7-1
3 The lamb of God (1:29-34) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 7-1
4 The first disciple of Jesus (1:35-42) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 7-1
5 Jesus calls Philip and Nathanael (1:43-51) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 7-1
6 The wedding at Cana (2:1-12) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 7-1
7 Jesus cleanses the temple (2:13-25) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 7-1
8 Nicodemus visits Jesus (3:1-21) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 7-2
9 John the Baptist's Final Witness (3:22-36) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 7-2
10 Jesus and the Woman of Samaria (4:1-42) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 7-2
11 Healing the Official's Son (4:43-54) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 7-2
12 Jesus heals on the Sabbath (5:1-47) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 7-2
13 Feeding the five thousand (6:1-15) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 4-2 7-2
14 Jesus walks on the water (6:16-21) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-2 7-2
15 The bread from heaven (6:22-71) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-2 7-3
16 The unbelief of Jesus' brothers (7:1-13) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-2 7-3
17 The law and Moses (7:14-24) 1-1 2-1 3-1 3-2 4-2 7-3
18 Officers are sent to arrest Jesus (7:25-36) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 7-3
19 River of living water (7:37-52) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 7-3
20 Jesus the light of the world (8:12-30) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 7-3
21 Before Abraham was born, I am (8:31-59) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 7-3
22 A man born blind receives sight (9:1-41) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 7-4
23 The sheep, the Shepherd, and sheep robbers (10:1-21) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 7-4
24 Jesus is rejected by the Jews (10:22-42) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 7-4
25 Jesus raises Lazarus to life (11:1-44) 1-1 2-1 2-2 3-2 4-2 4-3 7-4
26 The plot to kill Jesus (11:45-57) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 7-4
27 Mary anoints Jesus (12:1-11) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 7-4
28 Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem (12:12-19) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 7-4
29 Jesus speaks about his death (12:20-36) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 7-5
30 The unbelief of the people (12:37-50) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 7-5
31 Jesus foretells his betrayal (13:1-30) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 7-5
32 The new commandment (13:31-14:31) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 7-5
33 The work of the Spirit (15:1-16:33) 1-1 2-2 3-2 3-3 4-3 7-5
34 Jesus prays for his disciples (17:1-26) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-3 7-5
35 The betrayal and arrest of Jesus (18:1-11) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-3 7-5
36 Jesus before High Priest (18:12-27) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-3 7-6
37 Jesus sentenced to death (18:28-19:16) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-3 4-4 7-6
38 The crucifixion of Jesus (19:17-22) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 7-6
39 The clothes was divided (19:23-24) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 7-6
40 The mother of Jesus (19:25-27) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 7-6
41 The death of Jesus (19:28-30) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 7-6
42 The burial of Jesus (19:31-42) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 7-6
43 The resurrection of Jesus (20:1-10) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 7-7
44 Jesus appears to Mary Magdalene (20:11-18) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 7-7
45 Jesus appears to the disciple (20:19-23) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 7-7
46 Jesus and Thomas (20:24-31) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 7-7
47 Jesus appears to seven disciples (21:1-14) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 7-7
48 Jesus and Peter (21:15-19) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 7-7
49 Jesus and the beloved disciple (21:20-25) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 7-7

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