The Structure of Amos 5:1-17

Amos Ch. 5:1-17 has a well-recognised thematically-based chiastic structure. I have re-analysed this interesting passage, and believe that I have found some “formal” structures (sub-chiasms, parallel structures etc.) which correspond, partly, with the known structures of Hebrew poetry, and which are superimposed on this thematic structure, and which, to some extent, even “work” at a quantitative level using word counts etc. This is a re-written version of study posted earlier, and I believe it to represent a considerable advance on the views expressed at that time.

I am certainly not an expert – either in Hebrew poetry, or in the exegesis of these  types of passage – but I hope I have nevertheless been able to make a small contribution.

This has been a really exciting study for me, and I am happy to present it below. If you have any comments, corrections, suggestions etc. I will be delighted to hear from you.

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