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|Title||KnoWhy #337 - What Counts as Chiasmus? (1 Nephi 19:7)|
|Year of Publication||2017|
|Corporate Authors||Book of Mormon Central Staff|
|Publisher||Book of Mormon Central|
|Place Published||Springville, UT|
|Keywords||Chiasmus; Criteria; Language; Literature|
Starting as early as 1942, scholars have proposed criteria for identifying chiastic structures. The most widely agreed upon standards are: (1) chiasms should conform to natural literary boundaries; (2) a climax or turning point should be found at the center; (3) these inverted patterns should display a relatively well-balanced symmetry; (4) their structure should be based on major keywords; (5) they should manifest little, if any, extraneous repetition or divergent materials; and (6) the chiastic order should typically not compete with other strong literary forms in the same passage. The Book of Mormon contains Chiasms that fit all these criteria.
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