chiasm: Matthew 27.57-28.20

R.T. France detects chiasm in the closing scenes of Matthew’s Gospel (Matthew 27.57-28.20).*


This could very well be what Matthew had in mind. However, I see the emphasis of these same scenes surrounding Christ’s resurrection as being not so much on the events that play out, but on the actions and reactions of different kinds of beings (i.e. – angel, Jesus, people) to what happened. The expression and emphasis of the chiasm changes if we see these scenes not just as a chain of events, but as a chain of events in which numerous, and various, characters are engaged.

Chiasm-Matt-27-28 * Source: R.T. France via The College Press NIV Commentary: Matthew by Larry Chouinard (College Press, 1997); p.499.