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Bibil Identifier bibil:209250
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) X Marks the Spot? A Critique of the Use of Chiasmus in Macro-Structural Analyses of Revelation
Author deSilva, David A.
Journal Journal for the Study of the New Testament (Volume: 30, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2008
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2008
Year (Copyright) 2008
Year (Reference) 2008
Language English
Pages 343-371 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The role of chiasmus as a structuring device in ancient literature continues to be a much-debated facet of literary and rhetorical analysis, with often overly-exuberant discovery of complex chiasmi spanning whole books running far ahead of the methodological substructure needed to sustain a convincing demonstration of the same. This article analyses three recent attempts to propose a chiastic macro-structural analysis of Revelation and “nds them to present “ne examples of three recurring problems in the quest for the elusive chiasmus: (1) developing chiastic outlines by means of selective shaping of summary statements for major blocks of text; (2) discovering a chiasmus by means of selective reading of key terms; and (3) creation of a chiasmus by means of manipulation of formal markers. The article is offered in the hope that future proposals will take the methodological cautions proposed by critics of chiasmus to heart, as well as the standard rules of critical thinking (e.g., seeking for better alternative structuring devices alongside the quest for the hidden chiasmus).
DOI 10.1177/0142064X07088407
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the New Testament : Revelation
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Literature : Devices and Figures : Chiasm
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