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Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Isaiah 26 Chiasm

so i have this essay, right, on Isaiah 26:12-19 and what it contributes to an OT theology of the afterlife. i still have no idea of the answer, but i think i've found some more chiasms!

12   God's great deeds
13           Others may take your place - we will remember you
14           Others will be punished - they won't be remembered
15   God's great deeds

16   God brings man down
17           Pregnant writhing
                      That's us
18           Pregnant writhing
     Man is brought down

19   the dead will rise
          they'll rejoice
          they'll be sustained
      the dead will rise
and 19a is even a little chiasm of its own (will live - your dead, my corpse - will rise i.e. A-B, B-A).


i don't think i need to talk about the chiastic structure - it doesn't change the argument one way or the other as regards the afterlife, so i'm not quite sure what to do with it all!

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Blogger geoffc said...

so i'm not quite sure what to do with it all!zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz....

That's what I do with em' :-)

8:26 pm  
Blogger The Ton said...

Isn't the middle bit of a chiasm the most important thing?

11:47 am  
Blogger psychodougie said...

i think either the middle (in an ABCBA) or the outside (in an ABBA). so we could take 12 & 15 (Yhwh is great), then 17c (we once were dead), then 19a & d (we will be resurrected).

i think that makes sense of it too.

11:58 am  
Anonymous Chris Swann said...

Maybe you could see the three similarly structured segments -- I want to call them parallel -- as presenting different 'angles' or metaphorical reworkings of the basic experience being reflected on?

Alternatively, each one could represent a slight advance on the others -- the paralleled chiasms binding it together, but the 'momentum' of the parallelism moving it forward? (I think Robert Alter's Art of Biblical Poetry says something like that about the kind of 'poetic logic' built into parallelism.)

12:15 pm  
OpenID theboxpop said...

Nice pick up on the mini-chiasm in v 19. I don't know what to do with them either...

1:36 pm  

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