A Chiasmus of Corporate Identity

I found this interesting little chiasmus in Hosea 12:4 recently

A----He [Jacob]
B------met with God
C----------at Bethel

C1---------and there
B1-----God spoke with

Jacob met with God at Bethel, and in that instance, God spoke with us in the words of the prophet. There is a corporate dimension to God's individual dealing with the Patriarchs that is beautifully put here by Hosea.

For those unfamiliar with the chiastic structure, which is used heavily in the scriptures, click here for a primer.

1 comment:

Mainely Me said...

Now I could get into this! I've always appreciated the 'style', just never knew it had a name. Thanks for the link. I want to study it more and be looking for it in Scripture.