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Abraham Chiasm

A Go forth from your father's house (Gen. 12:1-6)


B Unto thy seed I will i!e this land (12:"-#)
$ A%ram says &arai is his sister and 'haraoh ta(es her (12:1)-2))
* +ot settles in &odom (1,:1-1-)
. A%raham res/ues +ot (10:1-20)
1 God 2romises A%ram an heir (13:1--)
G 4he $o!enant Between the 'ie/es (13:#-21)
5 Birth of Ishmael (16:1-16)
G' 4he $o!enant of $ir/um/ision (1":1-2")
1' &arah is informed that she will ha!e a /hild (1-:1-13)
.' Anels res/ue +ot (1-:16-1#:22)
*' God destroys &odom (1#:2,-,-)
$' A%raham says &arah is his sister and A%imele/h ta(es her (2):1-1-)
B' Birth of Isaa/6 the 2romised seed (21:1--)
A' 5aar and Ishmael sent into wilderness (21:#-10)
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Abraham Chiasm
a Go forth from your father's house (12:1-6)
% Unto thy seed will I i!e this land (12:"-#)
/ A%ram says &arai is his sister (12:1)-1,)
d 'haraoh ta(es &arai6 treats A%ram well (12:10-16)
e God re!eals (12:1")
f 'haraoh sends A%ram oB (12:1--2))
A%ram and +ot o!er-2o2ulate the land (1,:1-")
h A%ram i!es +ot his /hoi/e of land (1,:--1,)
i God i!es A%ram the whole land (1,:10-1-)
: ?ins of the !alley destroy ea/h other (10:1-12)
( A%raham res/ues +ot (10:1,-16)
l 4he (in of &odom 2raises God for A%ram (10:1"-1-)
m Cel/hiDede( %lesses A%ram (10:1#-20)
n Ene from your own %ody will %e your heir (13:1--)
o 4he $o!enant Between the 'ie/es - A%ram's 2art (13:#-12)
2 8our seed will %e straners in a forein land (13:1,-16)
; 4he $o!enant Between the 'ie/es - God's 2art (13:1")
r 4o your des/endants I ha!e i!en this land (13:1--21)
s &arai had %orne no /hildren (16:1-2)
t A%ram had li!ed 1) years (16:),)
u 5e went in to 5aar6 and she /on/ei!ed (16:0a)
! 5er mistress was dis2ised in her siht (16:0%)
w Cay the wron done to me %e u2on you (16:3a)
F 4he +ord :ude %etween us (16:3%)
y A%ram s2ea(s to &arai (16:6a)
D 8our maid is in your 2ower (16:6%)
G &he fled from her 2resen/e (16:6/)
H 4he anel finds 5aar and says (16:)")
I 5aar6 &arai's maid6 (16:-a)
J Ahere ha!e you /ome from and (16:-%)
K Ahere are you oin= (16:-/)
L 5aar re2lies (16:-d)
K I am fleein from (16:-e)
J the 2resen/e of (16:-f)
I my mistress &arai (16:-)
H 4he anel s2ea(s to 5aar (16:#a)
G 7eturn to your mistress (16:#%)
D &u%mit yourself to her authority (16:#/)
y 4he anel s2ea(s to 5aar (16:1))
F 4he +ord has i!en heed to his aMi/tion (16:11)
w 5is hand will %e aainst all6 and theirs aainst him. (16:12)
! 8ou are a God who sees (16:1,-10)
u 5aar %ore A%ram a son (16:13)
t A%ram was eihty-siF (16:16a)
s 5aar %ore Ishmael (16:16%)
r I will i!e to you and to your oBs2rin after you the land (1":1--)
; 4he $o!enant of $ir/um/ision - God's 2art (1":#-10)
2 ?ins of 2eo2les shall /ome from &arah (1":13-22)
o 4he $o!enant of $ir/um/ision - A%ram's 2art (1":2,-2")
n &arah your wife shall ha!e a son (1-:1-13)
m God a/ts %e/ause A%raham will %e %lessed (1-:16-1#)
l A%raham 2leads with God for &odom (1-:2)-,,)
( Anels res/ue +ot (1#:1-22)
: God destroys /ities of the !alley (1#:2,-26)
i A%raham loo(s down on the destru/tion of the !alley (1#:2"-2-)
h God remem%ered A%raham and +ot (1#:2#)
+ot's dauhters re-2o2ulate the land throuh their father (1#:,)-,-)
f A%raham says &arah is his sister (2):1-2a)
e A%imele/h ta(es &arah (2):2%)
d God tells (2):)")
/ A%imele/h restores &arah and wel/omes A%raham with ifts (2):--1-)
% Birth of Isaa/6 the 2romised seed ( 21:1--)
a 5aar and Ishmael sent into wilderness (21:#-10)
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Abraham Chiasm
Go forth from your father's house 12:1-6
21:#-
10
5aar and Ishmael sent into
wilderness
Unto thy seed will I i!e this land 12:"-# 21:1-- Birth of Isaa/6 the 2romised seed
A%ram says &arai is his sister
12:1)-
1,
2):--
1-
A%imele/h restores &arah and wel/omes
A%raham with ifts
'haraoh ta(es &arai6 treats A%ram well
12:10-
16
2):" God tells
God re!eals 12:1" 2):2% A%imele/h ta(es &arah
'haraoh sends A%ram oB
12:1--
2)
2):1-
2a
A%raham says &arah is his sister
A%ram and +ot o!er-2o2ulate the land 1,:1-"
1#:,)-
,-
+ot's dauhters re-2o2ulate the land throuh
their father
A%ram i!es +ot his /hoi/e of land
1,:--
1,
1#:2# God remem%ered A%raham and +ot
God i!es A%ram the whole land
1,:10-
1-
1#:2"-
2-
A%raham loo(s down on the destru/tion of the
!alley
?ins of the !alley destroy ea/h other
10:1-
12
1#:2,-
26
God destroys /ities of the !alley
A%raham res/ues +ot
10:1,-
16
1#:1-
22
Anels res/ue +ot
4he (in of &odom 2raises God for
A%ram
10:1"-
1-
1-:2)-
,,
A%raham 2leads with God for &odom
Cel/hiDede( %lesses A%ram
10:1#-
20
1-:16-
1#
God a/ts %e/ause A%raham will %e %lessed
Ene from your own %ody will %e your
heir
13:1--
1-:1-
13
&arah your wife shall ha!e a son
4he $o!enant Between the 'ie/es -
A%ram's 2art
13:#-
12
1":2,-
2"
4he $o!enant of $ir/um/ision - A%ram's 2art
8our seed will %e straners in a forein
land
13:1,-
16
1":13-
22
?ins of 2eo2les shall /ome from &arah
4he $o!enant Between the 'ie/es -
God's 2art
13:1"
1":#-
10
4he $o!enant of $ir/um/ision - God's 2art
4o your des/endants I ha!e i!en this
land
13:1--
21
1":1--
I will i!e to you and to your oBs2rin after you
the land
&arai had %orne no /hildren 16:1-2 16:16% 5aar %ore Ishmael
A%ram had li!ed 1) years 16:, 16:16a A%ram was eihty-siF
5e went in to 5aar6 and she /on/ei!ed 16:0a 16:13 5aar %ore A%ram a son
5er mistress was dis2ised in her siht 16:0%
16:1,-
10
8ou are a God who sees
Cay the wron done to me %e u2on you 16:3a 16:12
5is hand will %e aainst all6 and theirs aainst
him.
4he +ord :ude %etween us 16:3% 16:11 4he +ord has i!en heed to his aMi/tion
A%ram s2ea(s to &arai 16:6a 16:1) 4he anel s2ea(s to 5aar
8our maid is in your 2ower 16:6% 16:#/ &u%mit yourself to her authority
&he Ned from her 2resen/e 16:6/ 16:#% 7eturn to your mistress
4he anel Onds 5aar and says 16:" 16:#a 4he anel s2ea(s to 5aar
5aar6 &arai's maid6 16:-a 16:- my mistress &arai
Ahere ha!e you /ome from and 16:-% 16:-f the 2resen/e of
Ahere are you oin= 16:-/ 16:-e I am Neein from
5aar (16:-d)
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dro22ed from the Bi%le:
Abraham Chiasm
Go forth from your father's house 12:1-6 21:#-10 5aar and Ishmael sent into wilderness
Unto thy seed will I i!e this land 12:"-# 21:1-- Birth of Isaa/6 the 2romised seed
A%ram says &arai is his sister
12:1)-
1,
2):--1-
A%imele/h restores &arah and wel/omes A%raham
with ifts
'haraoh ta(es &arai6 treats A%ram well
12:10-
16
2):" God tells
God re!eals 12:1" 2):2% A%imele/h ta(es &arah
'haraoh sends A%ram oB
12:1--
2)
2):1-2a A%raham says &arah is his sister
A%ram and +ot o!er-2o2ulate the land 1,:1-"
1#:,)-
,-
+ot's dauhters re-2o2ulate the land throuh their
father
A%ram i!es +ot his /hoi/e of land 1,:--1, 1#:2# God remem%ered A%raham and +ot
God i!es A%ram the whole land
1,:10-
1-
1#:2"-
2-
A%raham loo(s down on the destru/tion of the
!alley
?ins of the !alley destroy ea/h other 10:1-12
1#:2,-
26
God destroys /ities of the !alley
A%raham res/ues +ot
10:1,-
16
1#:1-22 Anels res/ue +ot
4he (in of &odom 2raises God for A%ram
10:1"-
1-
1-:2)-
,,
A%raham 2leads with God for &odom
Cel/hiDede( %lesses A%ram
10:1#-
20
1-:16-
1#
God a/ts %e/ause A%raham will %e %lessed
I will i!e you and your oBs2rin after you
the land
13:1-
21P
1":1--
1-:1-13 &arah will %ear a /hild
4he $o!enant of $ir/um/ision - God's 2art 1":#-10
1":2,-
2"
4he $o!enant of $ir/um/ision - A%ram's 2art
God s2ea(s to A%raham 1":13 1":22 God Onished tal(in with A%raham
I will i!e you a son %y &arah 1":16a 1":21% &arah will %ear Isaa/ neFt year
I will %less her 1":16% 1":21a I will /o!enant with him
&he shall %e nations 1":16/ 1":2)d I will ma(e him a reat nation
?ins of 2eo2le will /ome from her 1":16d 1":2)/ 1ather of twel!e 2rin/es
Ae are too old to ha!e /hildren 1":1" 1":2)%
I will ma(e him fruitful and multi2ly him
eF/eedinly.
I will /o!enant with him 1":1# 1":2)a I will %less him
.!erlastin /o!enant (1":1#)

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