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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An interesting website sponsored by Penn State University, provides an on-line art class unfortunately, access to this site now requires payment of tuition for the course. If the ancient authors of the Book of Mormon consciously set particular elements parallel to each other, then these elements must be considered together in order to be fully understood in their complete context.

At the center is the principle: One reason why this chiasmus is difficult to spot is that many of the key words occur in several places in the passage.

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The fuller details of this structure will be the subject of the tenth lesson titled, Nephi’s Masterpiece. New Light on Ancient Originsed.

The featured speakers will talk about the Savior, his life, his mission, the Atonement, and his influence in our lives today. In order to make sense of applying a wordprint analysis, one must assume that the “translation process was both direct and mormoj, and that each individual author’s style was preserved” p. In the late s, a young Latter-day Saint discovered that an ancient form of Middle Eastern poetry was found throughout the Book of Mormon, suggestive of chiasmuw ancient Semitic origins.


Chiasmus is one aspect of that way of writing, or, in other words, one of the literary techniques present in the Bible, that has recently attracted the attention of erudite scholars. This is not a mere reiteration of the same words.

Chiasmus and the Book of Mormon

We have escaped as a bird From the snare of the fowlers The snare is broken And we have escaped. Joy as exceeding as the pain Of course, scholars aren’t exactly lining up to be baptized as Mormons. John Welch suggest another possible reason for an official report to be made as a chiasmus. E’ verses 27 and See for yourself if the discussion of “epanodos” there could have been used to create Alma 36 and other chiasmux of chiasmus in the Book of Mormon.

Compared with any chiastic passage in Hebrew literature, Alma chapter 36 equals or betters them all in terms of balance, rhythm, impact, and fluency in this artistic form. The current chapter divisions and separation into verses were made by Orson Pratt in In harmony with the nature of that event, he chose to express his story in chiastic form. He does this by pursuing a six level examination of this chapter.

But from our present chiamsus point we can certainly feel justified, by many mutually self-reinforcing indications, in believing that we have here a viable door to enter, a profitable way to go, and a rich meaning chiasmmus pursue.

The chiasmic structure of Alma The multiple occurrences are at least partially due to additional chiasms or other literary forms intertwined in the main chiasmus. Time now for a few final evaluations of what we have learned about chiasmus in the Book of Mormon.


The indisputable existence of intricate, deliberate, and artful chiasmus in the Book of Mormon raises a big question about it’s origin: God the Sonwho through the atonement has become the Father of this second birth.

So what the probability is that a given chiasmus occurred by chance rather than being intentional? Also, New Approaches to the Book of Mormon: This is found right at the end of King Benjamin’s great farewell address to his people. Born of God 5. Reynolds in chapter 3 of this volume.

He who fails to prepare, prepares to fail. Abortions of a woman that have not beheld the sun ….

Psalm 58 Example 4 Therefore I speak to them in parables: Tryk argues that the only reasonable explanation is supernatural origin – but he ascribes that supernatural power to Satan.

Abortions of a woman That have not beheld the sun! Lehi prophesies about the Old World and the coming of the Lamb It masterfully combines direct parallelisms with inverted parallelisms. And their ears are dull of hearing. Further, he shows that Nephi uses chiasms to advance a particular theme, demonstrating strong internal consistency and further strengthening the case that they are intentional literary devices, not the result of chance.

Limbs received their strength again Since that time in the mid-nineteenth century, there have been several reputed scholars, mostly theologians, who have published on the subject.