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Literary structure (chiasmus, chiasm) of Epistle to the Colossians

Chiasmus and Concentric Structure of divided by 3


1 Salutation(1:1-12)
  2 The supremacy of Christ(1:13-22)
3 The mystery(1:23-29)
LocationRelationFormer halfLatter half
1-3The gospel1:5 Of this you have already heard through the word of truth, the gospel, (1:5)1:23 not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard (1:23)


4 Walking in Christ(2:1-8)
  5 Other principals and powers(2:9-15)
6 Death with Christ(2:16-23)
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4-6see 1-1see 1-1see 1-1


7 The new life in Christ(3:1-17)
  8 Exhortations(3:18-4:6)
9 Final greetings(4:7-18)
LocationRelationFormer halfLatter half
7-9Circumcision3:11 Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all and in all.(3:11)4:11 and Jesus, who is called Justus, who are of the circumcision; these alone are my co-workers for the kingdom of God, and they have been a comfort to me.(4:11)

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