BYU Studies, Jesus Christ, Chiasmus, pattern
At the time I was doing my post-graduate work in New Testament studies at Kings College at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, my wife gave birth to our second child, a son. Under the National Healthcare System that was provided, we were periodically visited at home by a district nurse. As our son grew a little older, she began to bring colored toy blocks for him to play with. At first, she would randomly pick out any colored block, say a blue block, and see if he could associate color and pick out the same colored block. In time this progressed to short sequences and then longer ones, where she might line up a row of blocks in the order of red to blue to green to yellow and see if he could follow the pattern and create on his own the same arrangement. Such patterning ability was considered an important marker of cognitive development.1
Buckwalter, H. Douglas
"Jesus and the Roman Centurion (Matthew 8:5–13),"
BYU Studies Quarterly: Vol. 59:
5, Article 11.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/byusq/vol59/iss5/11