And He Spake Unto Me

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Here is the front cover for my book “And He Spake Unto Me” which proposes a new outline for Nephi’s book wide chiastic structure. It is available at Amazon, BYU Bookstore, Pioneer, and E-born book.  If you would like to discuss some of the ideas in this book, please leave a comment in the box below. For excerpts, please click on the posts listed on the right of this page. 

Explored in this book:

  • 1 Nephi is written chiastically. In addition, 16 of the 22 chapters have significant (near chapter-wide) chiastic structures.
  • Each of these 16 chapters narrows chiastically to an apex or center, which is parallel to the apex of its chiastic partner.
  • At the center of 1 Nephi, chapter 11, is Nephi’s vision of the tree of life, featuring  many inspired parallels. For instance, there are two usages of condescension, one which speaks of Christ’s birth to a fair virgin, and the other which speak of Christ’s baptism. How are these wonderfully parallel?
  • Nephi’s vision also extends into chapters 12-14. These three chapters form  a large chiasmus,which narrows to center on the Restoration! The central thought of chapter 11’s chiasmus and chapters 12-14’s  share the common thought; that He Spake unto Me. This is the heart of Nephi’s message, which is that God desires to commune with man, whether by angel, personal visitation, or the still small voice of the Spirit.
  • By studying Nephi’s structures we gain a deeper connection to this ancient prophet and new insight into Nephi’s gospel thinking.
  • In addition, this book explores in depth the story of Nephi and Laban. What does Laban mean in Hebrew? Why is that important? What valuable lessons can we learn about the Atonement from this story?
  • This book identifies the prophetic pattern found in the stories of the patriarchs. It is repeated in the stories  of Jonah, Elijah, and of Joseph of Egypt, Moses, and Stephen in the New Testament, and is also used by Nephi.

 

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