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Additional Janus Parallels in the Book of Mormon

TitleAdditional Janus Parallels in the Book of Mormon
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2021
AuthorsHoskisson, Paul Y.
JournalInterpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship
KeywordsJanus Parallel; Language - Hebrew; Literary Device

A little more than 40 years ago, Cyrus Gordon discovered and described for the first time an ancient literary technique which he had found in the Hebrew Bible, and he gave it a name — a Janus parallel. That is why no one, more than 40 years ago, could have faked a Hebrew Janus parallel in an English translation of an ancient document. But, as I reasoned, if Janus parallels were a Hebrew literary device at the time Lehi left Jerusalem (for an analog see chiasmus), then such parallels probably can be found in the Book of Mormon. In this article I describe the technical methodology for discovering Janus parallels in an English translation, and I provide two new examples.