I call upon You, Lord, God of Abraham and God of Isaac and God of Jacob and Israel, You who are the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the God who, through the abundance of your mercy, was well-pleased towards us so that we may know You, who made heaven and earth, who rules over all, You who are the one and the true God, above whom there is no other God; You who, by our Lord Jesus Christ gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit, give to every one who reads this writing to know You, that You alone are God, to be strengthened in You, and to avoid every heretical and godless and impious teaching.

St Irenaeus of Lyons, Against the Heresies 3:6:4

Monday, June 3, 2013

Two Interesting Chiasmi: St. Mark and Galatians

MARK 5:2—6: Jesus vs. Legion

A.        And when Jesus had stepped out of the boat,
immediately there met him out of the tombs
a man with an unclean spirit. 

B.        He lived among the tombs.

C.        And no one could bind him anymore,
not even with a chain,

D.        for he had often been bound with shackles

E.         and chains,

E.         but he wrenched the chains apart,

D.        and he broke the shackles in pieces.

C.        No one had the strength to subdue him. 

B.         Night and day among the tombs
and on the mountains he was always
crying out and cutting himself with stones. 

A.         And when he saw Jesus from afar,
he ran and fell down before him.

GALATIANS 2:16: Sola Fides

A.        we know that a (Gentile) person is not justified

B.        by works of the law but

C.        through faithfulness of Jesus Christ, so

D.        we (Jews) also have believed in Christ Jesus,

C.        in order to be justified by the faithfulness of Christ and
not by works of the law, because

B.         by works of the law

A.         no one (Jew or Gentile) will be justified.

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