"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

Monday, January 21, 2013

Déjà vu: Alma 45 & 62

In an earlier post, I submitted that the latter halves of chapters 2 and 10 of 1 Nephi share nearly identical narratives. A similar pattern emerges by comparing chapters 45 and 62 of Alma, which mark the beginning and end, respectively, of Helaman's prophetic ministry.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Chiasmus: Helaman 6:7-13


Last Sunday, when I should have been paying attention in Elder's Quorum class, I noticed for only the first time what Jack Welch calls one of "the finest examples of chiasmus in the Book of Mormon and beyond." [1] It's found it Helaman 6:7-13, and chronicles a year that marked a significant turning point in Nephite-Lamanite relations: 

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Chiasmus: 2 Nephi 28:32


Briefly, here's a chiasmus I really like in 2 Nephi 28:32:

Wo be unto the Gentiles, 
A saith the Lord God of Hosts! 
B For notwithstanding I shall lengthen out mine arm unto them from day to day, 
C they will deny me; 
D nevertheless, I will be merciful unto them, saith the Lord God, 
C' if they will repent and come unto me; 
B' for mine arm is lengthened out all the day long, 
A' saith the Lord God of Hosts.