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Lesson 17-1: Overview of King Benjamin's Speech

TitleLesson 17-1: Overview of King Benjamin's Speech
Publication TypeChart
Year of Publication2023
AuthorsWelch, John W., Greg Welch, and Jasmin Gimenez Rappleye
PublisherScripture Central
CitySpringville, UT
KeywordsAtonement; Chiasmus; King Benjamin; King Benjamin's Speech

This chart is an outline of the chiastic nature of King Benjamin’s speech to the people at the temple of Zarahemla. In it are seven major sections which are sometimes separated by interruptions or intervening ceremonial acts. The overall structure of the text follows an A–B–C–D–C'–B'–A' pattern: the Atonement of Jesus Christ is the crux, or center, of the speech (section D), the angel's and Benjamin's testimonies of the atonement are found on either side of it (sections C and C'), the behavior of the people is addressed in sections B and B', and sections A and A' address God and his relationship with the people. 

Originally published as Chart 6-87 in Charting the Book of Mormon.


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