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|Title||The Discovery of Chiasmus in the Book of Mormon: Forty Years Later|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2007|
|Authors||Welch, John W.|
|Journal||Journal of Book of Mormon Studies|
|Keywords||Chiasm; Chiasmus; Inverted Parallelism; Language; Structure|
On August 16, 1967, Welch discovered the presence of chiasmus in the Book of Mormon. Serving in the LDS South German mission at the time, in the city of Regensburg, Welch attended a lecture on the New Testament. He there learned of chiasmus and how it provides evidence of Hebraic origins. After reviewing a book dealing with literary art in the Gospel of Matthew, he began his analysis of the Book of Mormon for evidence of chiasmus. His first identification of chiasmus in the Book of Mormon was in Mosiah 5, but examples of chiastic style have since been found throughout the book. Welch wrote his master’s thesis on chiasmus and continued study on the subject. Though rational arguments cannot generate a testimony of the truthfulness of the book, the presence of chiasmus in the Book of Mormon gives credence to its origins.
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