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Literary structure (chiasmus, chiasm) of First Epistle of John

Chiasmus and Concentric Structure of divided by 3


3-1

1 The word of life (1:1-4)
  2 God is light (1:5-2:6)
3 A new commandment (2:7-17)
Former halfRelationLatter half
1 The word of life (1:1-4)
1:1 What was from the beginning (1:1)
The beginning3 A new commandment (2:7-17)
2:13 I am writing to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. (2:13)

3-2

4 Warning against Antichrists (2:18-3:12)
  5 Love one another (3:13-24)
6 Testing the Spirits (4:1-6)
Former halfRelationLatter half
4 Warning against Antichrists (2:18-3:12)
see 1-1
see 1-16 Testing the Spirits (4:1-6)
see 1-1

3-3

7 God is love (4:7-5:5)
  8 Testimony of God (5:6-12)
9 Epilogue (5:13-21)
Former halfRelationLatter half
7 God is love (4:7-5:5)
5:1 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is begotten by God, and everyone who loves the father loves (also) the one begotten by him.(5:1)
Begotten by God9 Epilogue (5:13-21)
5:18 We know that no one begotten by God sins; but the one begotten by God he protects, and the evil one cannot touch him. (5:18)

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