BYU Studies, Chiasmus, Jesus Christ, farewell discourse
Briefly stated, my thesis is this: although it is very difficult to read the mind of the Evangelist, or the redactor who brought elements of previously written material into the shape of the gospel as we have it today, it appears that the repetitive and reflexive elements of the Johannine farewell discourse fit together into a large chiasm1 bounded by expressions of spiritual intimacy with God on either end (the foot washing episode of ch. 13 and the prayer of ch. 17) and channeled toward the challenge to “abide” in Jesus at the center (15:1–17). In outline, it could be diagrammed as follows:
"Rethinking the Structure of the “Farewell Discourse” (John 13–17) through a Chiastic Lens,"
BYU Studies Quarterly: Vol. 59:
5, Article 12.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/byusq/vol59/iss5/12