Here’s one proposal to the book, taken from this webpage.

Chart of chiastic structure of Paul's letter to the Romans

If this proposal is correct, it ought to focus more of our attention on chapters 9-11 and the great plan of God who, in his justice and mercy, brought the church into existence as the melding of Israel and the Gentiles. It also means that Romans says much more about ecclesiology (the church) than a cursory glance might indicate.

Any tweaks to make to this chart? I’m just starting to look at this. The chart has been adapted, though this image below is mine. Click on the image for a larger view.

The highlighted line is the focal point. The outer pair A/A’ are usually significant as well. How best to relate them? What other refinements can be made?

Chiastic structure of Acts 2:41-47

In a four-part series of sermons on Luke 6, one preacher provides, in his last lesson, this structure — chiastic, of course — to the Sermon on the Plain, and it seems to hold together well. Fantastic!


Would be interesting to know if this is original with him, or if he picked it up somewhere. I wasn’t able to make a comment on his site to ask. See also his PDF handout at the link above. You can also click back through his series. Recommended. Continue reading

Today’s devotional is adapted from the Portuguese-language “God with Us.”

“Here now is the man who did not make God his stronghold but trusted in his great wealth and grew strong by destroying others!”
Psalm 52:7 NIV

The root behind the word “destroy” means “to fall.” It indicates calamity or wickedness, perhaps making others fall. Continue reading