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KnoWhy #349 - What Can We Learn from 10 of the Best Chiasms in the Book of Mormon? - Part 1 (2 Nephi 25:26)
|Title||KnoWhy #349 - What Can We Learn from 10 of the Best Chiasms in the Book of Mormon? - Part 1 (2 Nephi 25:26)|
|Year of Publication||2017|
|Corporate Authors||Book of Mormon Central Staff|
|Publisher||Book of Mormon Central|
|Place Published||Springville, UT|
|Keywords||Chiasm; Chiasmus; Inverted Parallelism; Parallelism|
Mosiah 5:10–12 was the first chiastic passage ever discovered in the Book of Mormon. Statistically speaking, Mosiah 5:10–12 is one of the four strongest chiasms in the Book of Mormon.
Current editions of 2 Nephi 1:5–7 make this chiasm harder to detect, because in 2 Nephi 1:5 it says “the Lord hath covenanted this land unto me.” This wording has been traced back to the printer’s manuscript, but the original manuscript has consecrated instead of covenanted. This correction makes a stronger parallel with the statement “this land is consecrated” in 2 Nephi 1:7.
2 Nephi 25:24–27 forms a “messianic hymn” within Nephi’s commentary on Isaiah, and is statistically a very strong chiasm, with a high likelihood (99.98%) of being intentional.
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