Scriptural schemes

The ABCBAs of biblical writing
But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first(Mark 10:31). “So the last will be first, and the first will be last(Matt. 20:16).“Indeed, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last(Luke 13:30).

These aphorisms of Jesus might be said to describe a common—and clever—biblical style of writing. Just how extensively chiasmus occurs in the Bible is debated in scholarly circles. But that it is used can hardly be doubted.

 

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