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Lesson 18-3: An Example of Chiasmus in Mosiah 5:10–12

TitleLesson 18-3: An Example of Chiasmus in Mosiah 5:10–12
Publication TypeChart
Year of Publication2023
AuthorsWelch, John W., Greg Welch, and Jasmin Gimenez Rappleye
PublisherScripture Central
CitySpringville, UT
KeywordsChiasmus; Covenant; King Benjamin; King Benjamin's Speech; Transgression

King Benjamin uses chiasmus several times in his great speech in Mosiah 2–5. In Mosiah 5:10–12 he emphasizes the central importance of taking upon oneself the name of Christ. In this concluding section of his speech, the people enter into a covenant with God and are called the children of Christ. They receive the name of Christ, which will never be blotted out, except by transgression. Transgression therefore receives the focus as the center of this chiasm, which stands at the center of this final section of the entire speech. Benjamin's skillful use of this literary form shows that he carefully and deliberately prepared his masterful oration.

Originally published as Chart 10-131 in Charting the Book of Mormon.


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