Chiasmus: An Open Conference on the State of the Art

Chiasmus: An Open Conference on the State of the Art

Conference Proceedings

BYU Studies and Book of Mormon Central held a two-day conference on BYU's campus on Tuesday, August 15th and Wednesday, August 16th, 2017. The conference sessions had presentations by LDS and non-LDS scholars discussing chiasmus in the Bible and in other texts, including the Book of Mormon.

Session 1: Chiasmus Methodology: Criteria, Character, and Terminology

Neal Rappleye, Chiasmus Criteria in Review

 

Boyd F. Edwards, Statistics, Probability, and Evaluation of Chiasmus

For the handout for the presentation, click here

 

Stephen Kent Ehat, Characteristics of Chiasms: Identifying, Evaluating, and Appreciating Chiastic Texts with Care, Concern, and Humility

 

Noel B. Reynolds, Chiasmus and Hebrew Rhetoric

For the handout for the presentation, click here

 

Open Discussion, When is a Chiasm a Chiasm?

 

Session 2: Chiasmus and Textual Criticism

Bernard Levinson, The Pleasures and Perils of Chiasmus: Some Case Studies from Exodus and Deuteronomy

 

David Rolph Seely, “With Outstretched Hand and with Strong Arm” (Deut 4:34); “With Strong Arm and with Outstretched Hand” (Jer 21:5): Chiasmus in Deuteronomy and Jeremiah

 

Donald W. Parry, Chiasmus in the Text of Isaiah: MT Isaiah Versus the Great Isaiah Scroll (1QIsaa)

 

Royal Skousen, Poetic Structures and Textual Criticism of the Book of Mormon

 

For the handout for the presentation, click here

 

Session 3: Chiasmus and Ancient Cultures

Gary A. Rendsburg, Chiasmus in the Book of Genesis

 

 

For the handout for the presentation, click here

 

Steven R. Scott, Chiasmus in Gilgamesh and the Genesis Flood Story

 

John W. Welch, Narrating Homicides Chiastically

For the handout for the presentation, click here

 

Kerry Hull, Chiastic Messaging in Mesoamerican Texts

 

Open Discussion

 

Session 4: Chiasmus in the New Testament

George Mlakuzhyil S.J., Chiasmus in the Christocentric Literary-Dramatic Structure of John's Gospel

 

Steven R. Scott, Methodology and the Macro-Structure of John

 

Wayne Brouwer, The Chiastic Structure of the Farewell Discourse in the Fourth Gospel

For the handout for the presentation, click here

 

H. Douglas Buckwalter, Jesus and the Roman Centurion (Matt 8:5–13): A Window to Chiasmus and Apostolic Pedagogy

For the handout for the presentation, click here