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Criteria for Identifying and Evaluating the Presence of Chiasmus
TitleCriteria for Identifying and Evaluating the Presence of Chiasmus
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1995
AuthorsWelch, John W.
JournalJournal of Book of Mormon Studies
KeywordsChiasmus; Chiastic; Parallelism; Structure

This article defines fifteen criteria one can use to measure the strength or weakness of a proposed chiastic pattern in a given text. The need for rigor in such studies depends primarily on how the results of the proposed structural analyses will be used. Ultimately, analysts may not know with certainty whether an author created inverted parallel structures intentionally or not; but by examining a text from various angles, one may assess the likelihood that an author consciously employed chiasmus to achieve specific literary purposes.


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