The Literary Structure and Doctrinal Significance of Alma 13:1–9


The Literary Structure and Doctrinal Significance of Alma 13:1–9

TitleThe Literary Structure and Doctrinal Significance of Alma 13:1–9
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1996
AuthorsDuke, James T.
JournalJournal of Book of Mormon Studies
Volume5
Issue1
Pagination103-118
KeywordsAlma the Younger; Ammonihah (Polity); Chiasm; Chiasmus; Chiastic; Cycloides; Doctrine; Literary; Literature; Nature of Christ; Priesthood; Redemption; Repetition; Rest; Synoymia
Abstract

Alma’s sermon at Ammonihah includes a remarkable passage ( Alma 13:1–9) that contains a main chiasm as well as four shorter chiasms and four alternates. It also uses synonymia, cycloides, repetition, and an important Nephite idiom (rest). In addition, this passage explains the doctrine of the priesthood, the eternal nature of Christ and the priesthood, and introduces the doctrines of a preparatory redemption and the rest of God.

URLhttp://publications.mi.byu.edu/publications/jbms/5/1/S00003-50aa69fb2f9aa3Duke.pdf

Scripture Reference

Alma 13:1-9