Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Chiasmus In The Book Of Mormon

This last Sunday I used a slide showing Alma 36 as a Chiasm.  The slide was taken from an article by John W. Welch found in BYU Studies 1969, vol. 10 number 1 on page 83, entitled "Chiasmus In The Book Of Mormon."  I have a link to the individual article (click here).  The Alma 36 example is found on page 14 in this particular article.

1 comment:

Scott Vanatter said...

See this link for a thematic, chaistic outline:

Summary outline

A — Give Ear to My Words
B – Trust in God, Supported in Trials, Troubles, Afflictions

C — I Would Not that Ye Think that I Know of Myself
D – I Arose and Stood Up, and Beheld the Angel

E — Coming into the Presence of My God
F – My Mind Caught Hold, I Cried Within My Heart
E’ — Nothing so Exquisite and Sweet

D’ – Labored without Ceasing (Bring Souls unto Repentance)
C’ — The Knowledge which I have is of God

B’ – Trust in Him, Supported under Trials, Troubles, Afflictions
A’ — According to His Word


Summary outline – extended

A — give ear to my words;

B1 – keep the commandments of God . . . prosper in the land
B2 — ye should do as I have done,
B3 — in remembering the captivity of our fathers . . . they were in bondage,
B4 — none could deliver them
B4 — he surely did deliver them in their afflictions.
B5 — trust in God
B6 — supported in their trials, and their troubles, and their afflictions,
B7 — lifted up at the last day

C1 — God has . . . made these things known unto me

D4 — I arose and stood up, and beheld the angel.

E6 — that I could be banished and become extinct
E5 — that I might not be brought to stand in the presence of my God
E2 — I was harrowed up by the memory of my many sins

F1 — I remembered . . . Jesus Christ, a Son of God,
F2 — the sins of the world
F3 — 18. Now, as my mind caught hold upon this thought,
F3’ — I cried within my heart: O Jesus, thou Son of God
F2’ — the everlasting chains of death
F1’ — when I thought this, I could remember my pains no more

E2’ — I was harrowed up by the memory of my sins no more.
E5’ — God sitting upon his throne
E6’ — my soul did long to be there

D1’ — I stood upon my feet

C’ — the knowledge which I have is of God

B6’ — supported under trials and troubles of every kind, yea, and in all manner of afflictions;
B5’ — I do put my trust in him,
B7’ — he will raise me up at the last day, to dwell with him in glory;
B4’ – delivered them out of bondage and captivity
B4’ — he has also, by his everlasting power, delivered them out of bondage and captivity,
B3’ — always retained in remembrance their captivity;
B3’ — retain in remembrance, as I have done, their captivity.
B2’ — ye ought to know as I do know,
B1’ — keep the commandments of God . . . prosper in the land;
B1’ — not keep the commandments of God . . . shall be cut off from his presence.

A’ — this is according to his word.