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If Joseph Smith took the time to deliberately include potentially over 430 instances of chiasmus in the Book of Mormon (30 of which are at least 6 levels deep), then why didn’t he ensure that someone actually noticed them?

Scholar Donald W. Parry has reformatted the entire Book of Mormon to display each instance of chiasmus. There are over 430 instances of chiasmus identified with 30 being at least 6 levels deep. 

Parry lists the various ways or configurations in which words or sentences are found to be parallel:

  1. Synonymous or near-synonymous terms or phrases
  2. Identical words or phrases
  3. Antithetical words or opposites
  4. Complements 
  5. Metaphors
  6. Double similes
  7. Resultative relationship
  8. Gender-matched parallelism
  9. Rhetorical questions
  10. Numbers
  11. Lists
  12. Grammatical parallelisms
  13. Opening a prophecy
  14. Domain and subcategory

He also lists the types of parallelisms:

  1. Chiasmus and Inverted Parallelism
  2. Simple Synonymous
  3. Extended Synonymous
  4. Simple Alternate
  5. Repeated Alternate
  6. Extended Alternate
  7. Synthetic Parallelism
  8. Extended Synthetic Parallelism
  9. Gradation Parallelism
  10. Progression Parallelism
  11. Parallelism of Numbers 
  12. Antithetical Parallelism or Opposites
  13. Detailing
  14. Working Out
  15. Contrasting Ideas

And the types of repetition:

  1. Like Sentence Beginnings
  2. Many Ands
  3. “Nor” and “Or”
  4. Random Repetition
  5. Regular Repetition
  6. Like Sentence Endings
  7. Like Paragraph Endings
  8. Repetition of Words
  9. Duplication
  10. Synonymous Words

If Joseph Smith took the time and effort to include these when dictating, then why did he never mention it? Why did he never draw any attention to any of the Hebraisms in the book at all? 


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