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Literary structure (chiasm, chiasmus) of Book of Esther in Greek

Chiastic Structure and Concentric Structure and Parallel of each pericope

[1]Dream of Mordecai  (Esg A:1-17)
  A(A:1-3)  Mordecai served at the king's court
    B(A:4-11)    Dream of Mordecai
  A'(A:12-17)  Mordecai served at the king's court
   A: Mordecai served at the king's court. B: Dream of Mordecai.

[2]Banquet of the king  (Esg 1:1-9)
P(1:1-2)The reign of the great King Ahasuerus
  A1(1:3-4)  Feast of the king
  A2(1:5-8)  Feast of the king for everyone
  A3(1:9)  Feast of the queen
   A: Feasts.

[3]Abdication of queen  (Esg 1:10-2:4)
  A(1:10-12a)  The eunuchs
    B(1:12b-13)    Wrath of the king
      C(1:14-15)      1:14 the seven Persian and Median officials who were in the king's personal service and held first rank in the realm
        D(1:16-20)        Proposal of Memucan
      C'(1:21-22)      1:21 This proposal found acceptance with the king and the officials, and the king acted on the advice of Memucan.
    B'(2:1)    The king's wrath had cooled
  A'(2:2-4)  The eunuchs
   A: The eunuchs. B: Wrath of the king. C: The officials. D: Proposal of Memucan.

[4]Esther becomes queen  (Esth 2:5-23)
  A(2:5-7)  The name of Mordecai
    B(2:8-11)    2:11 Day by day Mordecai would walk about in front of the court of the harem (2:11)
      C(2:12-18)      Eshter became the queen
    B'(2:19-20)    2:19 Mordecai was passing his time at the king's gate (2:19)
  A'(2:21-23)  The name of Mordecai
   A: The name of Mordecai. B: Mordecai in front of the palace. C: Eshter became the queen.

[5]Haman undertakes to destroy the Jews  (Esg 3:1-13 B:1-7 3:14-15)
  A(3:1)  3:1 King Ahasuerus raised Haman, son of Hammedatha the Agagite, to high rank
    B(3:2-7)    3:6 he sought to destroy all the Jews throughout the realm of King Ahasuerus. (3:6)
      C(3:8-11)      Permission of the king
    B'(3:12-13 B:1-7 3:14-15a)    3:13 all the Jews should be destroyed in one day
  A'(3:15b)  3:15 The king and Haman then sat down to feast
   A: The king and Haman. B: Plot to kill the Jews. C: Permission of theking.

[6]Esther agrees to help the Jews  (Esg 4:1-17 C:1-30)
  A(4:1-3)  Acts of Mordecai
    B(4:4-5)    Messages of Eshter
      C(4:6-9)      Request of Mordecai
        D(4:10-12)        Messages of Eshter
      C'(4:13-14)      Request of Mordecai
    B'(4:15-16)    Messages of Eshter
  A'(4:17-C:30)  Acts of Mordecai
   A: Acts of Mordecai. B: Messages of Eshter. C: Request of Mordecai. D: Messages of Eshter.

[7]Esther's banquet  (Esg 5:1-14)
  A(D:1-16)  D:7 his features ablaze with the height of majestic anger ( D:7)
    B(5:1-5)    The king listened to Eshter
    B'(5:6-8)    The king listened to Eshter
  A'(5:9-14)  5:9 he was filled with anger toward him (5:9)
   A: Anger. B: The king listened to Eshter.

[8]The honor of Mordecai  (Esg 6:1-14)
  A(6:1-3)  The royal eunuchs
    B(6:4-5)    6:4 to suggest to the king that Mordecai should be hanged on the gibbet he had raised for him.
      C(6:6)      Words of the king
        D(6:7-9)        Words of Haman
      C'(6:10)      Words of the king
    B'(6:11-13)    6:11 So Haman took the robe and horse, clothed Mordecai, had him ride in the public square of the city, and cried out before him, "This is what is done for the man whom the king wishes to reward!"
  A'(6:14)  The royal eunuchs
   A: The royal eunuchs. B: Treatment of Mordecai. C: Words of the king. D: Words of Haman.

[9]Haman's downfall  (Esg 7:1-10)
  A(7:1-4)  Proposal to the king
    B(7:5)    Words of the king
      C(7:6-7)      Words of Esther
    B'(7:8)    Words of the king
  A'(7:9-10)  Proposal to the king
   A: Proposal to the king. B: Words of the king. C: Words of Esther.

[10]Esther saves the Jews  (Esg 8:1-8)
  A(8:1-2)  8:2 The king removed his signet ring from Haman, and transferred it into the keeping of Mordecai
    B(8:3-6)    8:4 The king stretched forth the golden scepter to Esther (8:4)
  A'(8:7-8)  8:8 you in turn may write in the king's name what you see fit concerning the Jews and seal the letter with the royal signet ring.
   A: The royal signet ring. B: Permission of the king.

[11]Pleasure of Jews  (Esg 8:9-12 E:1-24 8:13-17)
  A(8:9-10)  To send the document
    B(8:11)    8:11 the Jews in each and every city to group together and defend their lives, and to kill, destroy, wipe out (8:11)
      C(8:12)      8:12 the thirteenth of the twelfth month, Adar.
    B'(E:1-24 8:13)    8:13 the Jews might be prepared on that day to avenge themselves on their enemies.
  A'(8:14-17)  To send the document
   A: To send the document. B: To avenge. C: The thirteenth of the twelfth month, Adar.

[12]Destruction of the Enemies of the Jews  (Esg 9:1-19)
  A(9:1-4)  The thirteenth day of the twelfth month, Adar
    B(9:5-10)    To kill enemies
      C(9:11-14)      Permission of the king
    B'(9:15-16)    To kill enemies
  A'(9:17-19)  The thirteenth day of the twelfth month, Adar
   A: The thirteenth day of the twelfth month, Adar. B: To kill enemies. C: Permission of the king.

[13]The feast of Purim inaugurated  (Esg 9:20-32)
  A(9:20-22)  9:20 Mordecai recorded these events(9:20)
    B(9:23)    9:23 The Jews took upon themselves for the future this observance which they instituted at the written direction of Mordecai. (9:23)
      C(9:24-26a)      9:26 And so these days have been named Purim after the word pur. (9:26)
    B'(9:26b-28)    9:27 the inviolable obligation of celebrating these two days every year in the manner prescribed by this letter (9:27)
  A'(9:29-32)  9:32 The command of Esther confirmed these prescriptions for Purim and was recorded in the book (9:32)
   A: To send the document. B: Enactment of the festival. C: Purim.

[14]The honor of Mordecai  (Esg 10:1-3)
   Reign of King Ahasuerus

[15]Interpretation of dream of Mordecai  (Esg F1-11)
   Interpretation of the dream of Mordecai

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