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TitleCatabasis: Down the Staircase
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Year of Publication2016
AuthorsPinnock, Hugh W., and Fernando Vazquez

Donald Parry explains, "Catabasis (Greek ‘going down’) is characterized by a lowering of the sense, from one level to another, with each succeeding line." It is much as if the message were descending a staircase. Thus catabasis is defined as "descending or declining by degrees."


An extract from Hugh W. Pinnock, Finding Biblical Hebrew and Other Ancient Literary Forms in the Book of Mormon (Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999), 89.

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