Monday, October 28, 2013

Chiasmus Alert!

Okay. Most people get absolutely no thrill from discovering chiasms.

I suppose many people wouldn't know chiastic structure if they sat on it.

But some people like a good chiasm every now and then, and when I come across one in a passage I'm preparing to preach, I get downright giddy.

(Here is a quick tutorial on Biblical chiastic structure)
(And here is a wikipedia article about it)

Anyway, for those who are interested and enjoy this kind of thing. Here's my rough sketch of Philippians 2:3-8...

  • Do nothing from rivalry or conceit
    • Look out for the interests of others
      • Take for yourself the mind of Jesus
        • WHO WAS GOD
      • He didn't grasp to keep his equality with God
    • He made himself nothing
  • He submitted to death

And there it is.

I'm sure someone can do (and has done) a better job with this, but I just thought I'd throw it out in case some of you wanted to see this, stew on it, or throw a comment my way...

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