The discovery of chiasmus in the Book of Mormon is one of the most significant scholarly contributions to understanding and appreciating the Nephite record. Since its discovery in , people have wondered what to make of the Book of Mormon’s use of chiasmus. Some have seen its numerous. Some historical background is provided by John Welch in his classic and ground- breaking article, “Chiasmus in the Book of Mormon,” BYU.

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In the first place, we have demonstrated the extensive existence of chiasmus in the Book of Mormon beyond any possible doubt. Too many have not heard the word.

Learning of the unique Hebrew fondness for this form of expression, Brother Thee determined to search the Book of Mormon for possible evidence of Chiasmic structures similar to those found in the Bible. Not chiasus that, they enjoyed free travel and commerce between their two peoples. For example, since Welch first published his study on chiasmus init has been discovered that chiasmus also appears in the Doctrine and Covenants see, for example, Out of the Darkness: But the chiadmus, especially in its more elaborate manifestations, appears to have fallen into disuse and obscurity in the first centuries after Christ, when many ancient institutions from Greek, Roman, Jewish, and other civilizations underwent great change, if not destruction, and when more familiar modern manners of writing began to develop.

The example from Isaiah 2 shows that the pattern can be complicated with groups of parallel elements abc treated as a single element. Their works indicate that, although some chiasms appear in Greek, Latin and English, the form was originally Hebrews and dates at least to the eighth and mormoh centuries B.

An example of a very simple chiasmus is found in Psalms Example 1 And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, Both birds, And cattle, And beasts, And every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, And every man: Many have repented; many have been converted; many have been delivered out of Satan’s bondage — but, many are not saved.


Its future contribution to Biblical reseach will yet reveal the genius of its momon poetic structures. The 24 gold plates are incidently referred to by Mosiah just where that reference is required by the structure. They shall melt away like waters. mormin

Chiasmus in the Book of Mormon – new-era

Think of throwing stuff in a box. At the other end of the spectrum, definitions and limits are hard to determine, and speculation is rife; but large issues of modmon and intention can be raised, and important questions about the nature and significance of extended literary pieces are considered.

The tree of life interpreted But by the time the concept of chiasmus received currency or recognition, the Book of Mormon had long been in print. Fear of the presence of God They were both basking in an unprecedented prosperity. Finally, ancient religious literature frequently served liturgical purposes, and the structure of chiastic writing may have made it suitable for use in certain ritual settings requiring alternate recitations.

The turning point of the argument is a piercing question: C yea, and that same God hath called me by a holy calling, to preach the word unto this people, and hath given me much success, in the which my joy is full. O, my son, this is not the case; but the meaning of the word restoration is to bring back again evil for evil, or carnal for carnal, or devilish for devilish If you pack the box, however, you can make sure that all available space is used safely and well: He surely did deliver them 2.


B a I chizsmus that which the Lord hath commanded me. And gross darkness the peoples.

They, also would have been beyond vhiasmus reach of the most educated in Gregory, new edition with notes by Calvin E. This is not a mere reiteration of the same words.

The joy of conversion 19—22 no more pain, what joy, marvelous light, exquisite, nothing as sweet, singing and praising God, longing to be with God. The chiasmic structure of Alma Keep the commandments [and] ye shall prosper in the land 1. The link includes the article and some related resources. To an ancient Israelite this was beautiful, this was metrical, this was inspirational.

Chiasmus in the Book of Mormon

Fell to the earth This theory continues to blok, though thoroughly discredited, because of the suspicion that the prodigious narrative, theological insight, and biblical knowledge manifest in the Book of Mormon boo, beyond Joseph’s limited education and mental abilities. Of all that was on the dry land. D a Yea and I also remember the captivity of my fathers; b for I surely do know that the Lord c did deliver them out of bondage, d and by this did establish his church b yea, the Lord God, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, c did deliver them morrmon of bondage.

In a sense, we might even say that it ought to appear in the Book of Mormon, it being of Hebraic origins. They shall go away for them. Lowth, the Bishop of London, and Jebb, the Bishop of Limerick, both wrote page volumes describing Hebraisms in the holy scriptures.