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Title: Blasphemy, Talion, and Chiasmus
Subtitle: The Marriage of Form and Content in Lev 24,13-23
Author(s): WILLIS, Timothy M.
Volume: 90 Issue: 1 Date: 2009
The verbal divine response to a case of blasphemy/cursing of God is presented as a lengthy chiasmus in Lev 24,13-23. One aspect of this that has gone unnoticed is how the structure suggests that blasphemy is a more serious offense than murder. This observation shows how the pericope fits well thematically in Lev 18-26, where there are repeated examples of the divine self-declaration formulas ('I am the Lord…') and references to holiness.