I. Subjective Analysisattention to thought patterns

II. Objective Analysisattention to form patterns

1. Repetition of words or groups of words

Ecclesiastes – “vanity and chasing after wind” (phrase does not occur after Eccl. 6:9); “find out” (common in 6:10-8:17); “not know” or “no knowledge” (common in 9-11)

2. Inclusions

Ecclesiastes begins with independent poem on labor (1:2-11) and ends with independent poem on youth and old age (11:7-12:8); the hymn pattern (Ps. 103)

3. Chiasm

Jeremiah 1:44ff; Job (whole book)

4. Symmetry

Jonah 1 and 3; 2 and 4

5. Refrains

Psalm 49; Ps. 80:3, 7, 19

6. Anaphora—deliberate repetition of word, phrase, etc., at beginning of verse, paragraph, etc.

Zechariah 7:4, 8; 8:1, 18

7. Changes in genre, person, mood, etc., may indicate new sections

Psalm 2