Chiasmus in Antiquity

Structures, Analyses, Exegesis

The study of ancient literature has been enriched in the second half of the 20th century by the growing awareness and understanding of chiasmus in ancient literature. This form of inverted parallelism has been found in the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and and in many other ancient writings.

The essays in Chiasmus in Antiquity, first published in Germany in 1981, examine the use and effect of chiasmus in the Old and New Testaments and the Book of Mormon, as well as in Sumero-Akkadian, Ugaritic, Talmudic, Greek, and Latin literatures. These essays have been reprinted in this first American edition because of their lasting value for the study of this intriguing literary form.

About the Author

John W. Welch

John W. Welch (J.D., Duke University) is the Robert K. Thomas Professor of Law at Brigham Young University's J. Reuben Clark Law School, editor in chief of BYU Studies, and director of publications for the university's Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for LDS History. He is the founder of the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies. He serves on the executive committee of the Biblical Law Section of the Society of Biblical Literature.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Chiasm in Sumero-Akkadian
  • Chiasm in Ugaritic
  • Chiasmus in Hebrew Biblical Narrative
  • Chiastic Patterns in Biblical Hebrew Poetry
  • Structure and Chiasm in Aramaic Contracts and Letters
  • Chiasmus in Talmudic-Aggadic Narrative
  • Chiasmus in the Book of Mormon
  • Chiasmus in the New Testament
  • Chiasmus in Ancient Greek and Latin Literatures
  • Bibliography
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  • ISBN 13: 978-0934893336
  • Page Count: 356
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