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Chiasmus in the Book of Mormon
|Title||Chiasmus in the Book of Mormon|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||1969|
|Authors||Welch, John W.|
|Journal||BYU Studies Quarterly|
|Keywords||Chiasm; Chiasmus; Hebraism; Language - Hebrew; Parallelism; Structure|
Practically since the day the Book of Mormon rolled off the press in 1830, those who believed in the book asserted that it obviously read like a Hebrew text. Those who were not so credulous insisted that it obviously read like anything but a Hebrew text. Actually, the only thing that became obvious was the fact that neither the believers nor the unbelievers were citing very many specific examples. However, a recently recognized phenomenon in the Book of Mormon has now made it possible for us to cite many specific examples of passages in the Book of Mormon which bear the distinct stamp of an ancient Hebraic literary form. The phenomenon which makes that possible is the presence of chiasmus in the Book of Mormon.
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