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Chiastic Structuring of Large Texts: Second Nephi as a Case Study
TitleChiastic Structuring of Large Texts: Second Nephi as a Case Study
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsReynolds, Noel B.
JournalInterpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship
Volume41
Pagination193-210
Keywords2 Nephi (Book); Chiasmus; Rhetoric
Abstract

In this important paper, Noel Reynolds extends his 1980 argument for the chiastic structure of 1 Nephi to demonstrate that 2 Nephi can be seen as a matching structure with a similar nature. Taken together, these findings demonstrate that chiasmus is not a phenomenon that confines itself to the details of words and phrases at the level of scriptural verses but can extend to much larger units of meaning, allowing the rhetorical beauty and emphasis of their overall messages to shine more brilliantly when they are considered as purposefully crafted wholes.

URLhttps://journal.interpreterfoundation.org/chiastic-structuring-of-large-texts-second-nephi-as-a-case-study/

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