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October 3: Come Follow Me Quiz
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How did Isaiah die?
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What kind of Hebrew literary device was used in the last 7 chapters of Isaiah?
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Why would Joseph Smith likely not have known about chiasmus and been able to add it himself to the Book of Mormon?
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What happened to Isaiah after he stopped writing and prophesying? Tradition says that the only reason Isaiah stopped his prophetic work was because he died as a martyr. How? Again tradition says that Isaiah died by being “sawn asunder” or cut in two with a saw. (Source)
Chiasmus is a literary device used throughout the Bible (including in these final chapters of Isaiah). The basic chiastic structure is for one line (or section of writing) to correspond directly with the line (or section) opposite it. Chiasmus can be as simple as two lines such as in Proverbs 15:1:
Or it can be multiple lines or even chapters such as in Isaiah 59-66. (Source)
Chiasmus is one of the great “proofs” of the authenticity of the Book of Mormon. Mosiah 3:18-19 is a wonderful example of chiastic structure:
Men will drink damnation to their souls unless
They humble themselves
and become as little children
believing that salvation is in the atoning blood of Christ;
for the natural man
is an enemy to God
and has been from the fall of Adam
and will be forever and ever
unless he yieldeth to the Holy Spirit
and putteth off the natural man
and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ
and becometh as a child
submissive, meek and humble. (Mosiah 3:18–19)
Joseph Smith would definitely NOT have known about chiasmus since it wasn’t widely known about until the 1930’s. (Source)
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