RE: [John_Lit] Jeffrey Staley's "Liar, Liar"
Perhaps a chiasm emphasizes not merely the
center but also the beginning and end since the end is
a return to the beginning. Would this have relevance
for textual chiasms such as the one you find in John?
"Return" is a pretty significant theme in John, isn't
it? Maybe the entire text is a chiasm.
Others have argued that the entire text is a chiasm, of course. I am not
convinced by the various theories. For the latest on this, see Breck, "The
Shape of Biblical Language." I find your point of emphasizing not just the
middle--but also the beginning and end, a very important point. Would that
all chiastic mutterers were listening! I think chiasms or concentric
structures CAN OFTEN be helpful in delineating the "boundaries" of narrative
units in biblical (JOhannine) literature (for the reader or for the
"author?? that's the question?), but I am hesitant to put all my
interpretive marbles in middle of the ring, so to speak.
There, I think I have said once again what I said before when I was "cut
off" from the land of the living.