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Hebrew Literary Patterns in the Book of Mormon

TitleHebrew Literary Patterns in the Book of Mormon
Publication TypeMagazine Article
Year of Publication1989
AuthorsParry, Donald W.
Issue Number10
Date PublishedOctober 1989
KeywordsHebraism; Parallelism; Poetry

Surveys, defines, and gives specific examples of scriptural poetic forms found in the Book of Mormon, including synonymous, synthetic, antithetical, contrasting, alternate, numeric, climactic, and repeating parallelisms. These poetic literary patterns identify important passages, add emphasis to messages, define and enlarge upon main points, make certain information more memorable, and structure the text so that important material can be more easily understood and remembered. Beyond the examples given in the text, a list of several Book of Mormon scriptural references are given to illustrate the extensive use of these forms by the prophets, witnessing the divinity of the Book of Mormon.