Re: Word order in John 1:1-2

Perhaps a better way of putting it would be that the passage illustrates 
the Greek rhetorical figure of _climax_ (Latin "gradatio"), a perfect 
series of three clauses in anadiplosis (a keyword at the end of one 
clause appears at the beginning of the next):

En arkhEi En ho logos
kai ho logos En pros ton theon
kai theos En ho logos

At first [there] was the word
And the word was with God
And "God" was the word.

Like Shakespeare's:

"My conscience hath a thousand several tongues,
And every tongue brings in a several tale,
And every tale condemns me for a villain." Richard III 5.3.193-5

Except John's is more ingenious since instead of creating a mere 
build-up, it comes full circle by ending where it started.

I'm not sure what to do with the following clause though:

Houtos En en arkhEi pros ton theon

Its not chiastic or parallel with what went before.  Not to mention 

Greg Jordan