"There is so much more in the Book of Mormon than we have yet discovered. The book's divine architecture and rich furnishings will increasingly unfold to our view, further qualifying it as 'a marvelous work and a wonder' ...The Book of Mormon is like a vast mansion with gardens, towers, courtyards, and wings. All the rooms in this mansion need to be explored..."
-Neal A Maxwell

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

"Verily, verily..."

Many extended passages of the Bible are repeated in the Book of Mormon, though not entirely verbatim. Here's one very subtle and, at least to me, interesting example of variation between the two volumes: 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Influencing Voices: Isaiah, Nephi and Jacob

In a previous post, I proposed an example of how the vocabularies of God's servants influence one another, and evolve and change over time. In particular, expressions often used by one of God's servants will appear in the lexicon of his contemporaries, as well as the next few generations, then decline and disappear in the centuries that follow. 

In another post, I noted Nephi's man-crush on Isaiah. Here's a conflation of the two posts:   

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Chiasmus: 3 Nephi 10:4-7

Does chiasmus appear in the Book of Mormon with such frequency as it does because it just happened to be part of the language and culture of the book's subjects, or was it included by divine design? If the latter, is its inclusion merely meant to increase faith by evincing the Book of Mormon's authenticity as a work of antiquity, or is there a still greater purpose for it?

In considering this question, particular regard should be given to a chiasmus appearing at a very important hour in the Book of Mormon timeline. In between the time of the great destruction that befell the Nephites following Christ's death and His postmortal appearance and ministry among them, this chiasmus comes by His own voice:

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Prophets as symbols of Christ: Nephi

As with Ether and Nephi, the son of Helaman, an event in the life of Nephi (the first one--the son of Lehi) bears particular resemblance to one in the Savior's, making Nephi a "type" of Christ.