The Possibility of Janus Parallelism in the Book of Mormon

Title

The Possibility of Janus Parallelism in the Book of Mormon

Publication Type

Journal Article

Year of Publication

2018

Authors

Lindsay, Jeff (Primary)

Journal

Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship

Pagination

1-20

Volume

28

Terms of use

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Bibliographic Citation

Lindsay, Jeff. "The Possibility of Janus Parallelism in the Book of Mormon" In Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship, Vol. 28. 2018:1-20.

Abstract

Janus parallelism, a tool evident in ancient Hebrew poetry, is documented at some length by Scott B. Noegel in Janus Parallelism in the Book of Job, which I recently reviewed. Since the authorship of Job predates the removal of the Lehites from Jerusalem, this tool may have been available to writers in the Book of Mormon. While we do not have the original text to analyze wordplays in the original language, it may be possible to apply some of the cases considered by Noegel to find remnants of related “polysensuous” wordplays that might have been present in the original text or to consider other previously proposed wordplays that may include a Janus-like aspect.

Parallelism

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