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The following chiasmus is from here.  I like it.  Some nice imagery.



A    8  “Listen! My beloved! Behold, he is coming, Climbing on the mountains, Leaping on the hills!

B    9  “My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag.

C    [Me:  He is seeing her]    Behold, he is standing behind our wall, He is looking through the windows, He is peering  /  through the lattice.

D    10  “My beloved responded and said to me, ‘Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, And come along.

E    11  ‘For behold, the winter is past, The rain is over and gone.  12  ‘The flowers have already appeared in the land; The time has arrived for pruning the vines,

F    And the voice of the turtledove has been heard in our land.

E’   13  ‘The fig tree has ripened its figs, And the vines in blossom have given forth their fragrance.

D’   Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, And come along!‘”

C’    [Me:  She wants to see him]    14  “O my dove, in the clefts of the rock, In the secret place of the steep pathway,    a    Let me see your form,    b    Let me hear your voice;    b’    For your voice is sweet,    a’    And your form is lovely.”

B’   15  “Catch the foxes for us, The little foxes that are ruining the vineyards, While our vineyards are in blossom.”  16  “My beloved is mine, and I am his; He pastures his flock among the lilies.  17  “Until the cool of the day when the shadows flee away, Turn, my beloved, and be like a gazelle Or a young stag

A’   on the mountains of Bether.”

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I think I agree with the following from Donald E. Curtis at Bible.orgI’ve often thought the Song of Songs was chiastic – in much the same way:

…  the Song of Songs has a chiastic structure, but one that is freer and looser. By this I mean that it is hard to draw an unambiguous line separating the parts. You can step back and see it, but when you get close, it almost disappears. What you see from a distance is this:

A. Home in the king’s court

B. Developing love

C. Dream Sequence

D. Consummation

C’. Dream Sequence

B’. Developing love

A’. Home in the country



David A. Dorsey in his book “The Literary Structure of the Old Testament” breaks down the Song of Songs like this:

A    Opening words of mutual love and desire (1:2-2:7)

B    Young man’s invitation to the young woman to join him in the contryside (2:8-17)

C    Young woman’s nighttime search for the young man (3:1-5)

D    CENTER:  The wedding day (3:6-5:1)

C’   Young woman’s nighttime search for the young man, and their speeches of admiration and longing (5:2-7:11  [5:2-7:10])

B’   Young woman’s invitation to the you man to join her in the countryside (7:12-8:4  [7:11-8:4])

A’   Closing words of mutual love and desire (8:5-14)

David Dorsey’s 15 page chapter 21 is dedicated to explaining his Song of Spongs chiasmus in greater detail.  Each of the sections given above, except for B’, is broken down into a smaller chiasmus.  If you’re interested in further exploring the Song of Songs as chiasmus I would highly recommend David’s treatment.

Here’s a review of Dorsey’s book.

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