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Literary structure (chiasmus, chiasm) of Book of Esther in Greek

Chiasmus and Concentric Structure of divided by 3


3-1

1 Dream of Mordecai (A:1-17)
  2 Banquet of the king (1:1-9)
    3 Abdication of queen (1:10-2:4)
  4 Esther becomes queen (2:5-23)
5 Haman undertakes to destroy the Jews (3:1-3:15)
Former halfRelationLatter half
1 Dream of Mordecai (A:1-17)
Two great dragons came on, both poised for combat. They uttered a mighty cry (A:5)
Battle of Haman and Mordecai5 Haman undertakes to destroy the Jews (3:1-3:15)
All the king's servants who were at the royal gate would kneel and bow down to Haman, for that is what the king had ordered in his regard. Mordecai, however, would not kneel and bow down. (3:2)
2 Banquet of the king (1:1-9)
Queen Vashti also gave a feast for the women inside the royal palace of King Ahasuerus. (1:9)
Feast of Queens4 Esther becomes queen (2:5-23)
Then the king gave a great feast in honor of Esther to all his officials and ministers, granting a holiday to the provinces and bestowing gifts with royal bounty. (2:18)

3-2

6 Esther agrees to help the Jews (4:1-C:30)
  7 Esther's banquet (D:1-5:14)
    8 The honor of Mordecai (6:1-14)
  9 Haman's downfall (7:1-10)
10 Esther saves the Jews (8:1-8)
Former halfRelationLatter half
6 Esther agrees to help the Jews (4:1-C:30)
see 1-1
see 1-110 Esther saves the Jews (8:1-8)
see 1-1
7 Esther's banquet (D:1-5:14)
see 1-1
see 1-19 Haman's downfall (7:1-10)
see 1-1

3-3

11 Pleasure of Jews (8:9-8:17)
  12 Destruction of the Enemies of the Jews (9:1-19)
    13 The feast of Purim inaugurated (9:20-32)
  14 The honor of Mordecai (10:1-3)
15 Interpretation of dream of Mordecai (F:1-11)
Former halfRelationLatter half
11 Pleasure of Jews (8:9-8:17)
throughout the provinces of King Ahasuerus, on a single day, the thirteenth of the twelfth month, Adar. (8:12)
The twelfth month, Adar15 Interpretation of dream of Mordecai (F:1-11)
they shall celebrate these days on the fourteenth and fifteenth of the month Adar throughout all future generations of his people Israel. (F:10)
12 Destruction of the Enemies of the Jews (9:1-19)
Moreover, all the officials of the provinces, the satraps, governors, and royal procurators supported the Jews from fear of Mordecai; (9:3)
Mordecai's Authority14 The honor of Mordecai (10:1-3)
The Jew Mordecai was next in rank to King Ahasuerus, in high standing among the Jews, and was regarded with favor by his many brethren (10:3)

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