THE LITERARY STRUCTURE
OF THE BOOK OF EXODUS 1–18:
six pericopes and their chiastic lexical relation: the bar graph.

red bars  refer to verbs in past tenses,
   
blue bar   refers to verbs in future tenses.
Dr. W. Kosek: Exod 1–18: chiastic lexical relation of six pericopes – bar graph: Dr. Wojciech Kosek shows on the graph an amazing relation binding six pericopes which form the structure of the Book of Exodus 1–18. This relation (chiasmus A B C C' B' A') is characteristic for Hebrew literary compositions.

The table and the bar graph show that:

Thanks to these numerical dependencies, the arrangement of six pericopes is a concentric structure A B C C’ B’ A’; in this case biblical scholars say exactly that it is the chiasmus [1] – a special type of the concentric structure. Such a structure is typical for Hebrews.

Dear Reader!

At the actual stage of this presentation, we know a lot about the literary structure of the Book of Exodus 1–18. In the next stage, it will be shown the identity of this literary structure with the structure of an ancient Hittite treaties of the 16th century before Christ.


[1]  See R. Yudkowsky, Chaos or Chiasm? The Structure of Abraham’s Life, “Jewish Bible Quarterly” 35/2 (2007), 109: the author distinguishes between the structure of type A B C A’ B’ C’ (parallelism) and the structure of type A B C C’ B’ A’ (chiasmus). On page 11 he shows chiasmus composed of sixteen elements!       See also: J. Synowiec, Gatunki literackie w Starym Testamencie, Kraków 2003, 37; M. Kantor, Struktury dośrodkowe i odśrodkowe w poezji biblijnej (Ps 120–134), Kraków 1988, 80–83.