Review of Craig Smith’s “Criteria for Identifying Chiasm of Design in New Testament Literature”

The review is by Roger G. DePriest, PhD student who is currently writing his own dissertation on chiasms in the Gospel of John.

Smith’s dissertation consists of nine chapters, with the final chapter being a basic conclusion that summarizes and recapitulates his main thesis. The heart of his book is as the title suggests. Prompted positively by his intuitive recognition that chiastic structures are valid literary forms used both within and outside the Bible, and negatively by the abuse of unjustified and highly subjective proposals of chiasms, he has sought to lay out some objective criteria that would enable the exegete to test various proposed passages in order to validate/invalidate chiastic claims. …

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