Chiasmus in the Book of Mormon


Chiasmus in the Book of Mormon


New Era

Publication Type

Magazine Article

Year of Publication



Welch, John W. (Primary)

Date Published

February 1972



Issue Number


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Bibliographic Citation

Welch, John W. "Chiasmus in the Book of Mormon", New Era, Vol. 2. no. 2 1972.


Chiasmus is a unique aspect of Hebrew poetry that lays out ideas in a mirrored pattern. First noticed in the nineteenth century, the ubiquitousness of chiasmus in Hebrew scripture became widely acknowledged in the early and mid-twentieth century. Countless articles on the subject have been published, and examples of its use abound. The Book of Mormon, as a work written “according to the learning of the Jews,” (1 Ne. 1:2) should contain such a dominant aspect of Hebrew writing. And in fact, it does contain chiasms of all sorts and sizes. Examples include Mosiah 3:18–19; 5:10–12; Alma 36:1–30; 41:13–15; and more. Taken as evidence of the Book of Mormon, chiasmus offers us a touchstone like we have rarely ever had before.


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