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Chiastic Structuring of the Genesis Flood Story: The Art of Using Chiasm as an Effective Compositional Tool for Combining Earlier Chiastic Narratives
Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Chiastic Structuring of the Genesis Flood Story: The Art of Using Chiasm as an Effective Compositional Tool for Combining Earlier Chiastic Narratives

Today we are featuring "Chiastic Structuring of the Genesis Flood Story: The Art of Using Chiasm as an Effective Compositional Tool for Combining Earlier Chiastic Narrative," by Steven R. Scott from Journal 59:2 Supplemental. Below is the abstract to the article; follow the link below for the full analysis. 

This analysis demonstrates that the Genesis flood story was structured chiastically by a redactor (R), who combined two earlier chiasms created by the authors J and P. This thesis takes issue with Gordon J. Wenham’s argument that the chiastic structuring of the flood story indicates a single author. In preserving the two-source theory of the flood story, which is widely supported by scholars, the conclusion reached here points to a traditional use of chiasm by three different authors over a long period of Israelite-Judean history. In addition, chiasmus was used on several levels of the text by each of these authors: the levels of scenes, stanzas, and sentences. Careful attention to the lower level structural units not only aids in defining larger structural units but also assists in the assignation of material to either J or P.