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Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Fifty Years of Chiasmus in the Book of Mormon: The Story of Its Discovery

One of my favorite stories from the world of Book of Mormon studies is the discovery of chiasmus in the text by a young missionary serving in Germany. Fifty years later, the scholarship of Jack Welch on this topic has stirred significant related work from many who have looked at the Book of Mormon with new tools and insights. Here is a video from Book of Mormon Central which beautifully shares Jack Welch's story.

I have been inspired by his work and many of us have come to better appreciate the richness and antiquity of the Book of Mormon, aided by Dr. Welch's scholarship in this area.

Many thank to Brother Welch and the good folks at Book of Mormon Central. A video of this quality takes a great deal of effort. I hope you'll enjoy it.


Quantumleap42 said...

I like how the video itself is structured in a chiastic form, with the center and turning point being when he discovers chiasmus in the Book of Mormon. It was a nice touch.

wreddyornot said...

Thanks. This made me look up when I got to the South German Mission. I entered the Mission Home in SLC 6-19-1967, so I likely got to Germany in September. I was curious to know if I was there when Jack Welch made his discovery or not. Not quite.