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Rethinking the Structure of the "Farewell Discourse" (John 13–17) through a Chiastic Lens
|Title||Rethinking the Structure of the "Farewell Discourse" (John 13–17) through a Chiastic Lens|
|Publication Type||Book Chapter|
|Year of Publication||2020|
|Editor||Parry, Donald W., and John W. Welch|
|Book Title||Chiasmus: The State of the Art|
|Publisher||BYU Studies/Book of Mormon Central|
|City||Provo, UT/Springville, UT|
|Keywords||Chiasmus; Gospel of John; Intercessory Prayer; Parallelism; Repetition; Washing of Feet|
Wayne Brouwer, “The Chiastic Structure of the Farewell Discourse in the Fourth Gospel,” examines the parallel and repetitive elements of John 13–17, which form a macro-chiasm. The chiasm’s pivotal point is Jesus’s Discourse of the Vine and the Branches, with the repeated expression abide in me. Recognition of this pivotal point provides a better comprehension of the remaining parts of the macro-chiasm. For example, the mirrored elements “foot washing scene” (13:1–35) and Jesus’s Intercessory Prayer (17:1–26), are both to be “understood as parallel explications of the central theme: ‘Abide in me!’” Brouwer’s presentation comprises a new understanding of the Farewell Discourse which strives to solve several certain scholarly challenges.
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