Honors Program

University Honors

Date of Award


Thesis Professor(s)

Joshua Reid

Thesis Professor Department

Literature and Language

Thesis Reader(s)

Jennifer Adler


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 into the God of the Old Testament.


East Tennessee State University

Document Type

Honors Thesis - Open Access

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