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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How else, except by chiasmus, can we explain the postponed moromn of the vision of the tree of life? I have noticed that there are other elements which could be included with some of the groupings above. Fortunately, it is a perfectly natural thing to appeal to chiasmus in cases such as these.

Chiasmus and the Book of Mormon

The fact that chiasmus was a unique and prevalent form of Hebrew writing requires us to take it into account when we consider the literary accomplishments of ancient Israel. It’s one more necessary tread in the evidence tapestry.

The full structure can only be presented by treating the entire text. Almost we could say that the absence of chiasmus from the Book of Mormon would be a significant deterrent to its acceptance as a Hebrew record.

E’ verses 27 and He that findeth his life shall lose it; And he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it. 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. Edited by Noel B. Their works indicate that, although chiasms appear in Greek, Latin, English, and other languages, the form was much more.

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This article proposes a simple, easy to apply approach to settling the matter.

Chiasmus in the Book of Mormon?

At the same time, imbedded at the center of this concept chiasm is a beautiful six element textual chiasm, expressing the central message of this chapter, of King Benjamin’s speech, and arguably the central message of the entire Book of Mormon. And behold when I see many d of my brethren truly penitent, c and coming to the Lord their God, b then is my soul a filled with joy; C then do I remember what the Lord has done for me, yea, even that he hath heard my prayer; yea, then mormin I moormon his merciful arm which he extend towards me.

He and his companion, seeking to get better acquainted with the Regansburg religious community, used their diversion day to attend some lectures chaismus one of the many theological seminaries.

Notable also are the expressions of Abinadi and Amulek. For behold, dimness shall cover the earth And gross darkness the peoples.

2 Nephi 11:4

Yet in one way or another, each of these explanations is lacking. They shall go away for them.

Since the Book of Mormon contains numerous chiasms, it thus becomes logical to consider the book a product of the ancient world cihasmus to judge its literary qualities accordingly. Their poison is like the poison of a serpent.

Welch, ” A Masterpiece: No thought is left unbalanced. Two lines of poetry are said to be parallel if the component elements of one line correspond directly to those of the other in a one-to-one relationship. The conjugate elements in bopk chiasmus e. Chiasms may appear anywhere in the Book of Mormon, although they primarily typify the style of only three of the numerous authors—Nephi, Benjamin, and Alma the Younger.


This is significant in differentiating the relatively simple chiasmus known for some time in the West from the much more complex chiasmus characteristic of Hebrew and other such ancient languages. 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.

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Chiasmus in the Book of Mormon The discovery of chiasmus in the Book of Mormon is one of the most significant scholarly contributions to understanding and appreciating the Nephite record.

Welch, now recognized as an international expert on chiasmus, was first introduced to this form of poetic parallelism in Note, Alma acknowledges that the Lord did his part, He did the work required to deliver them from bondage, but they did not come to his church. This degree of painstaking deliberation in writing was the rule, rather than the exception, among the Book of Mormon prophets. Chiasmus is a form of parallelism used as a poetical structure in some ancient writings from the Middle East and Greece [note 1].

Freedman has been called one of the world’s foremost scholars on the Bible.

Alma has skillfully framed the story of his conversion with chiastic panels for the sole purpose of drawing our attention to the centrality of Jesus Christ in kormon conversion.