January 13, 2021


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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No one in America, let alone in western New York, fully understood chiasmus in Quite consistently, therefore, a shift can be seen to occur at the center of a chiasm so that the chiqsmus, more powerful, or more intense ideas will appear in the second half of chiastic passages. It may also be used to give order, emphasis, and completeness to longer passages, such as is the case in the 58th Psalm:.

Bookcraft,An Approach to the Book of Mormon, 2d ed. Nephi, Benjamin, and Alma. It just as may well be evidence for an author who was around anciently. Subscribe Get the latest updates on Book of Mormon topics and research for free. How is it that ye do not keep the commandments of the Lord? Second, since the chiasm encompasses the entire report for the year, this unifying structure strongly suggests that the account was written as a single literary unit that Mormon copied verbatim from the Large Plates of Nephi into his abridgment.

Do ye indeed, O gods, speak chiasmjs The term “chiasmus” is never used, but this book clearly shows that Hebrew poetic styles were recognized and studied even before Joseph Smith’s time.

Matrem habemus, ignoramus patrem. Here are examples from the Strangite web site: The fuller details of this structure will be the subject of the tenth lesson titled, Nephi’s Masterpiece.


However, the issue of translation raises a problem of internal consistency in Book of Mormon Authorship. The book of Mosiah, for example, utilizes a chiastic structure chiasmhs its underlying organization, at the expense of chronological order.

Nephi was undoubtedly the teacher of this art. Surely God did deliver them 2. This more complex form of chiasm is not merely grammatical but structural or intentional; it systematically serves to concentrate the reader’s or hearer’s interest on the central expression.

Since Joseph Smith dictated the revelations in the Doctrine and Covenantsand it is not claimed that they were translations of ancient ih, obviously this pattern was part of Smith’s style. It allows us to snatch up in a breath the subtle beauties of their scintillating and inspired verses. A Journal of Mormon ThoughtVol. Do ye not remember the things which the Lord hath said?

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The report documents a great change that occurred during the sixty-fourth year involving prosperity, free travel, and peace between both the Nephites and Lamanites. Chiasmus, the Book of Mormon, and the Aquarian Gospel. It should be obvious to the reader that the language characteristics here described could not have come from the mind of a frontier farm boy, no matter how brilliant his intellect. Is Alma 36 a chiasmus?

Chiasmus in the Book of Mormon

Yet, with all this structure, the text reads smoothly. Some English authors, perhaps influenced by their training in the classics, used chiasmus in poetry. A chiasm may be expanded to include any number of terms written first in one order and then exactly in the reverse order, i.

Here is beginner’s example of chiasmus from the Book of the Law of the Lordchapter 39, section 1, which shows good rhythm. Try writing a sonnet or a multitermed chiasm yourself: He passed away in Benjamin even points to that center with his ” therefore.

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 According to Howard Hong, an expert on Kierkegaard’s writings, computer studies demonstrate that the Danish philosopher could adjust his wordprint in relation to various pseudonyms he assumed in his works, though perhaps not as frequently or distinctively as those in the Book of Mormon.


Out of the Darkness: Official decrees of this type may be related to the misharum edicts of the Near East that typically proclaimed freedom for slaves and granted “equity” for the land. Yet, the message of the chapter is that this success is too limited.

chiasmjs Yes, Christ is the Father and the Son Mosiah Croft, a University of Utah statistician, has questioned the validity of Larsen and Rencher’s major premise that an author-specific wordprint exists “Book of Mormon Wordprint Examined” Sunstone [March-April ]: The use of parallelism in this passage emphasizes the danger of transgression sin and the importance of remembering the name that we are to take upon us, Christ. Chias,us Welch suggest another possible reason for an official report to be made as a chiasmus.

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The tree of life 8. Without such a demonstration, both Welch’s and Reynold’s arguments from chiasmus are weak.

This is an important question and the answer is interesting and enlightening. And although nursery rhymes and other forms of English poetry demonstrate various chiasmus-related structures, there would have been little reason for Joseph Smith to assume that such structures were used extensively in Hebrew-related texts like the Bible.

London,available online at Google Books.