Pastor Bob Thibodeau of Freedom Through Faith Ministries will be interviewing Mark Davidson. The topic will be his new book, Chronicles of the End Times. The interview will occur this coming
Monday Tuesday morning at 11:00 am EST.
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Once one understands what chiasms are and how they work, discovering them becomes possible. Here is a convergent chiasmus I found in Isaiah 41-46.
(A) Isaiah 41:1-6 mentions a force for good, a righteous man from the east.
(A’) Isaiah 46:9-13 mentions a force for good, a man who executes God’s counsel.
(B) Isaiah 41:7 mentions bad things, idols worshiped instead of God.
(B’) Isaiah 46:5-8 mentions bad things, the construction of idols to worship.
(C) Isaiah 41:8-10 mentions good things, God blessing his servants.
(C’) Isaiah 46:3-4 mentions good things, God blessing his servants.
(D) Isaiah 41:11-12 mentions bad things happening to enemies of God.
(D’) Isaiah 46:1-2 mentions bad things happening to enemies of God.
(E) Isaiah 41:13-20 mentions good things happening for servants of God.
(E’) Isaiah 45:22-25 mentions good things happening for servants of God.
(F) Isaiah 41:21-24 has God challenging those who doubt his existence.
(F’) Isaiah 45:18-21 has God challenging those who doubt his existence.
Between panels A B C D E F and panels F’ E’ D’ C’ B’ A’ are various statements relating to the themes mentioned in the chiasmus, which acts as a frame to Isaiah 41:25 – 45:17.
My path to discovering a chiasmus spanning Isaiah 41-46 has some points of interest. I was looking for a chiasmus there because of a claim by Avraham Gileadi in his 1994 book “The Literary Message of Isaiah” that those chapters form a unit in an overall literary structure. Although I agreed with Gileadi that Isaiah was the author of the entire book, I doubted that chapters 41-46 formed a literary unit. When I found chapter 41 beginning with a chiasmus ending in reverse order in chapters 45-46, I was surprised. When I went back to Gileadi’s books on Isaiah to see if he had noticed the chiasmus, not only had he not noticed it, he ruined the chiasmus in his translation of Isaiah by removing 41:7, which mentions idols in a way echoed in Isaiah 46:5-8, and wedging it between 40:19 and 40:20, as if 41:7 was a scribal error he was correcting.
“Chronicles of the End Times” pages 211-214 discuss two non sequitur situations in Zechariah 4, showing that chiastics resolves those situations. Chiastics also shows that Gileadi was wrong to take Isaiah 41:7 out of a chiasmus that it is a key part of.
The conclusion you reached is absolutely correct. We must never remove or alter the Scripture text to properly analyze for a chiasmus.
Just finished listening to the interview. One of your best!