Thursday, January 9, 2014

Discovering Chiasms Challenge #2 from Deuteronomy 30


This is the second challenge in a series intended to help develop and refine your ability to glean greater understanding of God's Words in the Bible. In the previous quiz Discovering Chiasms Challenge #1 from John 16, we looked at some asymmetry within a chiasm and the effect it had on the analysis of the passage. (See my article What is a Chiasm? if you are already confused.) This quiz looks at balance of the levels.

See if you can find the structure in the following verses. Click on "Show Structure" once you have your answer. Click again on "Analysis: Why is it there?" to check your analysis with mine. I suggest that the Personal Reflection at the end of the lesson can be the most important part of these quizzes.

6 "… love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live.
7 Also the Lord your God will put all these curses on your enemies and on those who hate you, who persecuted you.
8 And you will again obey the voice of the Lord and do all His commandments which I command you today.
9 The Lord your God will make you abound in all the work of your hand, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your land for good. For the Lord will again rejoice over you for good as He rejoiced over your fathers,
10 if you obey the voice of the Lord your God, to keep His commandments and His statutes which are written in this Book of the Law, and if you turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul."
(Deut 30:6-10 NKJV)



A  Love the Lord with all your heart and soul, that you may live and your enemies will be cursed (v6b,7)
  B  Obey the voice of the Lord your God and do all His commands (v8)
    C  The Lord will make you abound (v9a)
      1) in the work of your hand (v9b)
      2) in the fruit of your body (v9c)
      3) in your livestock(v9d)
      4) in your produce (v9e)
    C′  For the Lord will again rejoice over you (v9f)
  B′  Obey the voice of the Lord your God and keep all His commandments and statutes (v10a,b)
A′  Turn to the Lord with all your heart and soul (v10c)


Would you consider rating each of these Discovering Chiasms Challenges? Based on the feedback that you provide and that of others, I would like to indicate to others if a quiz is one star (* which means very easy) or up to five stars (***** which means very difficult. Your input in the comment section will be much appreciated.