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THE LITERARY STRUCTURE
OF THE BOOK OF EXODUS 1–18
Six pericopes and their chiastic lexical relation: introduction

It is found as a result of the theocentric method research that in the level of thematic content of pericopes the literary structure of Exo 1–18 is a concentric one, thus it has a feature typical for Hebrew literary compositions.

It turns out that such a concentric structure is hidden more deeper – in the lexical level, namely:

if in each of the six pericopes separately one examines the number of Hebrew words occurring in one of the two groups chosen in the comprehensive research:

  1. forms of future tenses, now then either in the imperfect or in the perfect with waw consecutive, or in the imperative,
  2. forms of past tenses, now then either in the perfect or in the imperfect with waw consecutive,

then the following results are obtained [1]:

 words in
past tenses
*@v?{?pw}*
words in
future tenses
*@v?{?ivq}*
words in
past tenses
  in relation to sum of  
two groups of tenses
(in %)
words in
future tenses
in relation to sum of
two groups of tenses
(in %)
sum
I26416462 %38 %100 %
II25320056 %44 %100 %
III6011035 %65 %100 %
 IV 713666 %34 %100 %
V332656 %44 %100 %
VI1599862 %38 %100 %

These relations can also be presented in the bar graph form – what is shown in the next step of this presentation.

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[1]  In the table in the headings of the column 2. and 3. is given the form of command entered in the Command Center in the Bible Works 6.0 for WTM.