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Chiasmus in the Book of Mormon?

Chiasmus in the Book of Mormon

One of the main types of evidence that Mormons currently claim supports the authenticity of the Book of Mormon as ancient Israelite scripture is chiasmus. Chiasmus is a type of parallelism in which the second half of the text parallels in reverse order the first half. Mormon scholars and apologists argue that there are impressive examples of chiasmus in the Book of Mormon that Joseph Smith could not have composed and certainly could not have dictated off the cuff.

Several articles listed on this page address this argument by examining the most important passages of the Book of Mormon said to be written in chiasmus form. The articles demonstrate that the passages are not genuine instances of chiasmus and that other features of the passages show that they are modern in origin. There are additional resources on chiasmus also listed here.

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