Project Title

Analysis of Chiastic Elements in Patriarchal Narratives in Genesis

Author Names

Hunter SeehornFollow

Authors' Affiliations

Hunter Seehorn, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN

Location

Culp Room 219

Start Date

4-6-2022 9:00 AM

End Date

4-6-2022 9:15 AM

Faculty Sponsor’s Department

Literature and Language

Name of Project's Faculty Sponsor

Joshua Reid

Classification of First Author

Undergraduate Student

Competition Type

Non-Competitive

Type

Boland Symposium

Project's Category

Religious Studies

Abstract or Artist's Statement

Chiastic structures are utilized throughout the entirety of the Bible but are prominently found in the book of Genesis. This paper aims to research the stories of four different patriarchal characters of the Bible to see how chiastic structures are used in these stories. By looking at the stories of Noah, Abraham, Jacob, and Joseph in Genesis, I will demonstrate the effectiveness of chiastic structures covering the entirety of the stories, as well as how smaller chiasmi work within each. An appreciation of these chiastic structures deepens our appreciation of the formal structuring of Biblical narratives and the transformational character development arcs of the patriarchs and helps to give insight on the God of the Old Testament.

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Apr 6th, 9:00 AM Apr 6th, 9:15 AM

Analysis of Chiastic Elements in Patriarchal Narratives in Genesis

Culp Room 219

Chiastic structures are utilized throughout the entirety of the Bible but are prominently found in the book of Genesis. This paper aims to research the stories of four different patriarchal characters of the Bible to see how chiastic structures are used in these stories. By looking at the stories of Noah, Abraham, Jacob, and Joseph in Genesis, I will demonstrate the effectiveness of chiastic structures covering the entirety of the stories, as well as how smaller chiasmi work within each. An appreciation of these chiastic structures deepens our appreciation of the formal structuring of Biblical narratives and the transformational character development arcs of the patriarchs and helps to give insight on the God of the Old Testament.