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The Roles of Words, Phrases, and Ideas in Macro-Chiasms
Tuesday, October 13, 2020

The Roles of Words, Phrases, and Ideas in Macro-Chiasms

Today we are featuring, "The Roles of Words, Phrases, and Ideas in Macro-Chiasms" by Stephen Kent Ehat from issue 59:2S. Find the abstract below. Use the link at the bottom of the page to read the full article. 

This chapter considers the roles of words, phrases, and ideas in the structure of macro-chiasms by examining a number of important examples. In Psalm 23, the repetition of ideas, rather than words, can constitute a chiasm. Even the repetition of a few words—separated by hundreds if not thousands of other words—can create a chiasm, as in the chiasm found running throughout the book of Genesis as a whole. In Luke’s travel narrative (Luke 9:51–19:27), it is shown that dominant phrases in one chiastic structure need not be dominant phrases of an overlapping chiastic structure. Finally, three large-scale chiasms in Leviticus 24:13–23, Ezekiel 20:3–31, and Alma 36 illustrate that a chiasm can contain dominant words that are not part of the chiastic structure, but this fact does not detract from the existence of a chiasm.