My soul delighteth in chiasmi

scripsOne of the literary devices frequently used in ancient scriptures is what is known as “introverted parallelism” or, as its more commonly known, a chiamus. (kahy-az-muhs) Consider the following example:

“He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.” (Matt. 10:39) Read more of this post

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Nephi’s Journey, Our Journey

In the second book of Nephi we get a wonderful glimpse into the humanity of Nephi.  His father Lehi had just died and the murmurings of his older brothers had reached an all-time high. One can imagine Nephi heading to his favorite spot of refuge – a mountain top, a forest – a place where he could ponder and pray. There, “in the space of not so many verses”, we witness Nephi taking a profoundly common, mortal journey – a series of phases similar to the stages of grief. Read more of this post

Not Part of the Deal

I was recently taught a scriptural insight that I really enjoyed. In 1 Nephi 17, Lehi and his family finally reach the seashore and the journey stops. I’m sure most (if not all) of the party was hoping they had reached their final destination. However, Nephi is told to go to a nearby mountain for an “interview” with the Lord. Nephi is told that the travelers would have to cross the “many waters”.  Then he was told what to do next:

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