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Literary structure (chiasm, chiasmus) of Gospel of John


Correspondence table of Pericopes and Literary Structure


The text can be divided in 81 pericopes. This text includes, one 40 paired (81 pericopes) whole concentric structure, divided in two 20 paired concentric structures, divided in three 13 paired concentric structures, divided in four 10 paired concentric structures, divided in five 8 paired concentric structures, divided in nine 4 paired concentric structures.

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1 The word became flesh (1:1-18) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-1 9-1
2 The testimony of John the Baptist (1:19-28) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-1 9-1
3 The lamb of God (1:29-34) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-1 9-1
4 The first disciple of Jesus (1:35-42) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-1 9-1
5 Jesus calls Philip and Nathanael (1:43-51) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-1 9-1
6 The wedding at Cana (2:1-12) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-1 9-1
7 Jesus cleanses the temple (2:13-25) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-1 9-1
8 Nicodemus visits Jesus (3:1-21) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-1 9-1
9 John the Baptist's Final Witness (3:22-36) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-1 9-1
10 Jesus and the Woman of Samaria (4:1-26) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-1 9-2
11 One sows and another reaps (4:27-38) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-1 9-2
12 Faith of Samaria (4:39-42) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-1 9-2
13 Jesus returns to Galilee (4:43-45) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-1 9-2
14 Healing the Official's Son (4:46-54) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-1 9-2
15 Jesus heals on the Sabbath (5:1-18) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-1 9-2
16 The authority of the son (5:19-30) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-1 9-2
17 Witnesses to Jesus (5:31-47) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-1 5-2 9-2
18 Feeding the five thousand (6:1-15) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-2 9-2
19 Jesus walks on the water (6:16-21) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-2 9-3
20 The bread from heaven (6:22-59) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-2 9-3
21 The words of eternal life (6:60-71) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 4-2 5-2 9-3
22 The unbelief of Jesus' brothers (7:1-9) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-2 5-2 9-3
23 Jesus at the festival of booths (7:10-24) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-2 5-2 9-3
24 Is this the Christ (7:25-36) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-2 5-2 9-3
25 River of living water (7:37-44) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-2 5-2 9-3
26 The unbelief of those in authority (7:45-53) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-2 5-2 9-3
27 The woman caught in adultery (8:1-11) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-2 5-2 9-3
28 Jesus the light of the world (8:12-20) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 5-2 9-4
29 Jesus foretells his death (8:21-30) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 5-2 9-4
30 Before Abraham was born, I am (8:31-59) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 5-2 9-4
31 A man born blind receives sight (9:1-12) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 5-2 9-4
32 The Pharisees investigate the healing (9:13-34) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 5-2 9-4
33 Spiritual blindness (9:35-41) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 5-2 5-3 9-4
34 The sheep, the Shepherd, and sheep robbers (10:1-6) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 5-3 9-4
35 Jesus' application of the parables (10:7-21) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 5-3 9-4
36 Jesus is rejected by the Jews (10:22-39) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 5-3 9-4
37 Across the Jordan (10:40-42) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 5-3 9-5
38 The death of Lazarus (11:1-16) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 5-3 9-5
39 Dialogs with Martha (11:17-27) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 5-3 9-5
40 Dialogs with Mary (11:28-37) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 5-3 9-5
41 Jesus raises Lazarus to life (11:38-44) 1-1 2-1 2-2 3-2 4-2 4-3 5-3 9-5
42 The plot to kill Jesus (11:45-57) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 5-3 9-5
43 Mary anoints Jesus (12:1-8) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 5-3 9-5
44 The plot to kill Lazarus (12:9-11) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 5-3 9-5
45 Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem (12:12-19) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 5-3 9-5
46 Some Greeks wish to see Jesus (12:20-26) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 5-3 9-6
47 Jesus speaks about his death (12:27-36a) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 5-3 9-6
48 The unbelief of the people (12:36b-41) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 5-3 9-6
49 The judgement by word of Jesus (12:42-50) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 5-3 5-4 9-6
50 Jesus washes the disciples' feet (13:1-20) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 5-4 9-6
51 Jesus foretells his betrayal (13:21-30) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 5-4 9-6
52 The new commandment (13:31-35) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 5-4 9-6
53 Jesus foretells Peter's denial (13:36-38) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 5-4 9-6
54 Jesus the way to the father (14:1-14) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 5-4 9-6
55 The promise of the holy spirit (14:15-24) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-3 5-4 9-7
56 Do not let your hearts be troubled (14:25-31) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-3 5-4 9-7
57 Jesus the true vine (15:1-10) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-3 5-4 9-7
58 love one another (15:11-17) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-3 5-4 9-7
59 The world's hatred (15:18-16:4a) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-3 5-4 9-7
60 The work of the Spirit (16:4b-15) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-3 5-4 9-7
61 Sorrow will turn into joy (16:16-33) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-3 4-4 5-4 9-7
62 Jesus prays for his disciples (17:1-26) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-4 9-7
63 The betrayal and arrest of Jesus (18:1-14) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-4 9-7
64 Denial of Peter (18:15-18) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-4 9-8
65 The Jewish Trial and Peter's Denial (18:19-24) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-4 5-5 9-8
66 Denial of Peter again (18:25-27) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-5 9-8
67 Jesus before Pilate (18:28-38b) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-5 9-8
68 Jesus sentenced to death (18:38c-19:16a) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-5 9-8
69 The crucifixion of Jesus (19:16b-22) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-5 9-8
70 People with crucified Jesus (19:23-27) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-5 9-8
71 The death of Jesus (19:28-30) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-5 9-8
72 Jesus' side is pierced (19:31-37) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-5 9-8
73 The burial of Jesus (19:38-42) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-5 9-9
74 The resurrection of Jesus (20:1-10) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-5 9-9
75 Jesus appears to Mary Magdalene (20:11-18) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-5 9-9
76 Jesus appears to the disciple (20:19-23) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-5 9-9
77 Jesus and Thomas (20:24-29) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-5 9-9
78 The purpose of this book (20:30-31) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-5 9-9
79 Jesus appears to seven disciples (21:1-14) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-5 9-9
80 Jesus and Peter (21:15-19) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-5 9-9
81 Jesus and the beloved disciple (21:20-25) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 5-5 9-9

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