Chiasmus in the Book of Mormon


Chiasmus in the Book of Mormon

Book Title

Book of Mormon Authorship: New Light on Ancient Origins

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Year of Publication



Welch, John W. (Primary)


Reynolds, Noel B. (Secondary)




Religious Studies Center


Provo, UT

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Bibliographic Citation

Welch, John W. "Chiasmus in the Book of Mormon" In Book of Mormon Authorship: New Light on Ancient Origins, Edited by Reynolds, Noel B. 33-52. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, 1982.


From the day the Book of Mormon rolled off the press in 1830, those who gave it credence asserted that it obviously read like a Hebrew text. Those who were not so convinced insisted that it obviously read like anything but a Hebrew text. Actually, all that became obvious was the failure of both believers and unbelievers to cite much specific evidence. However, numerous Hebrew characteristics of the Book of Mormon have been recognized in recent literature; in addition to these we can now cite many specific passages which bear the distinct stamp of an ancient Hebraic literary form which scholars call chiasmus.

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