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Literary structure (chiasm, chiasmus) of First Epistle to the Corinthians


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.

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1 Salutation (1:1-9) 1-1 3-1 4-1 5-1
2 Divisions in the church (1:10-17) 1-1 3-1 4-1 5-1
3 Christ the power and wisdom of God (1:18-31) 1-1 3-1 4-1 5-1
4 Proclaiming Christ crucified (2:1-16) 1-1 3-1 4-1 5-1
5 On divisions in the Corinthian church (3:1-23) 1-1 3-1 4-1 5-1
6 The ministry of the apostles (4:1-21) 1-1 3-1 4-1 5-2
7 Sexual immorality (5:1-13) 1-1 3-1 4-1 4-2 5-2
8 Glorify God in body and spirit (6:1-20) 1-1 3-1 4-2 5-2
9 Directions concerning marriage (7:1-16) 1-1 3-1 3-2 4-2 5-2
10 The life that the Lord has assigned (7:17-24) 1-1 3-2 4-2 5-2
11 The unmarried and the widows (7:25-40) 1-1 3-2 4-2 5-3
12 Food offered to idols (8:1-13) 1-1 3-2 4-2 5-3
13 The rights of an apostles (9:1-27) 1-1 3-2 4-2 4-3 5-3
14 Warnings against idolatry (10:1-22) 1-1 3-2 4-3 5-3
15 Do all to the groly of the LORD (10:23-33_11:1) 1-1 3-2 4-3 5-3
16 Head coverings (11:2-16) 1-1 3-2 4-3 5-4
17 The Lord's supper (11:17-34) 1-1 3-2 3-3 4-3 5-4
18 Spiritual gifts (12:1-31a) 1-1 3-3 4-3 5-4
19 The gift of love (12:31b-13:13) 1-1 3-3 4-3 4-4 5-4
20 Gifts of prophecy and tongues (14:1-25) 1-1 3-3 4-4 5-4
21 Order of meeting (14:26-40) 1-1 3-3 4-4 5-5
22 The resurrection of Christ (15:1-11) 1-1 3-3 4-4 5-5
23 The resurrection of dead (15:12-30) 1-1 3-3 4-4 5-5
24 The body of resurrection (15:31-58) 1-1 3-3 4-4 5-5
25 Final messages and greetings (16:1-24) 1-1 3-3 4-4 5-5

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