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|Title||KnoWhy #271 - Why Did Nephi Use Chiasmus To Testify Of Christ? (2 Nephi 11:3)|
|Year of Publication||2017|
|Corporate Authors||Book of Mormon Central Staff|
|Publisher||Book of Mormon Central|
|Place Published||Springville, UT|
|Keywords||Chiasm; Chiasmus; Covenant; Isaiah (Prophet); Messiah; Nephi (Son of Lehi); Parallelism; Poetry; Prophet; Structure; Testimony|
Nephi often used chiasmus to testify of Christ. For example, 2 Nephi begins with Lehi’s final Testaments to his sons, grandsons, and sons-in-law. It ends with Nephi’s Testament to his nation, and in the middle, the focal point, sits Isaiah. Nephi’s witness of Christ is at the center of 2 Nephi as well. In addition to this broader use of chiasmus, many of his smaller chiasms focus on the Savior. It may be easy to simply look at chiasmus in the Book of Mormon simply as a curiosity. However, Nephi deliberately used chiasmus to make many powerful points about the centrality of Christ to his life.
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