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Literary structure (chiasm, chiasmus) of Acts of the Apostles


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 Ascension of Jesus (1:1-11) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 7-1
2 Mathias chosen to replace Judas (1:12-26) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 7-1
3 The coming of the Holy Spirit (2:1-13) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 7-1
4 Peter addresses the crowd (2:14-39) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 7-1
5 Life among the believers (2:40-47) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 7-1
6 Peter heals a crippled beggar (3:1-4:4) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 7-1
7 Peter and John before the council (4:5-22) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 7-1
8 The believers pray for boldness (4:23-31) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 7-2
9 The believers share their possessions (4:32-37) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 7-2
10 Ananias and Sapphira (5:1-11) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 7-2
11 The apostles are persecuted (5:12-42) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 7-2
12 Seven chosen to serve (6:1-7) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 7-2
13 Stephen's speech to the council (6:8-7:60) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 4-2 7-2
14 Saul persecutes the church (8:1-3) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-2 7-2
15 Philip preaches in Samaria (8:4-25) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-2 7-3
16 Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch (8:26-40) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-2 7-3
17 The conversion of Saul (9:1-22) 1-1 2-1 3-1 3-2 4-2 7-3
18 Saul in Jerusalem (9:23-31) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 7-3
19 Peter in Lydda and Joppa (9:32-43) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 7-3
20 A vision of Cornelius (10:1-23) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 7-3
21 Peter goes to the house of Cornelius (10:24-48) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 7-3
22 Peter's report to the church at Jerusalem (11:1-18) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 7-4
23 Barnabas goes to Antioch (11:19-24) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 7-4
24 The church in Antioch (11:25-30) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 7-4
25 Peter delivered from prison (12:1-24) 1-1 2-1 2-2 3-2 4-2 4-3 7-4
26 Barnabas and Saul commissioned (12:25-13:13) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 7-4
27 Paul and Barnabas in Antioch of Pisidia (13:14-49) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 7-4
28 Paul and Barnabas in Lystra and Derbe (13:50-14:28) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 7-4
29 The council at Jerusalem (15:1-16:5) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 7-5
30 Paul's vision of the man of Macedonia (16:6-10) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 7-5
31 Paul and Silas in prison (16:11-40) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 7-5
32 The uproar in Thessalonica (17:1-15) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 7-5
33 Paul in Athens (17:16-34) 1-1 2-2 3-2 3-3 4-3 7-5
34 Paul in Corinth (18:1-23) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-3 7-5
35 Paul in Ephesus (18:24-19:20) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-3 7-5
36 The riot in Ephesus (19:21-20:2) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-3 7-6
37 Paul's farewell visit to Troas (20:3-14) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-3 4-4 7-6
38 The voyage from Troas to Miletus (20:15-38) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 7-6
39 Paul goes to Jerusalem (21:1-17) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 7-6
40 Paul visits James at Jerusalem (21:18-26) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 7-6
41 Paul tells of his conversion (21:27-23:10) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 7-6
42 The plot to kill Paul (23:11-35) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 7-6
43 Paul before Felix at Caesarea (24:1-26) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 7-7
44 Paul appeals to the emoperor (24:27-25:12) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 7-7
45 Festus consults king Agrippa (25:13-22) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 7-7
46 Paul defends himself before Agrippa (25:23-26:32) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 7-7
47 The storm at sea (27:1-44) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 7-7
48 Paul on the Island of Malta (28:1-15) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 7-7
49 Paul preaches in Rome (28:16-31) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 7-7

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