Book of Mormon Notes– How deep can you dig?

2009, October 20

Book of Mormon: Interesting Literary Constructions in Alma 51, Helaman 5, Helaman 11 by grego

Book of Mormon: Interesting Literary Constructions in Alma 5, Helaman 5, Helaman 11

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I found this interesting–

Does anyone have any insight, perhaps in Hebrew, as to a structure that uses a word or phrase three times in very near proximity?:

Alma 50:1
AND now it came to pass that Moroni did not stop making preparations for war, or to defend his people against the Lamanites; for he caused that his armies should COMMENCE in the COMMENCEMENT of the twentieth year of the reign of the judges, that they should COMMENCE in digging up heaps of earth round about all the cities, throughout all the land which was possessed by the Nephites.


Helaman 5:23
And it came to pass that Nephi and Lehi were ENCIRCLED ABOUT AS IF BY FIRE, even insomuch that they durst not lay their hands upon them for fear lest they should be BURNED. Nevertheless, Nephi and Lehi were not BURNED; and they were as standing IN THE MIDST OF FIRE and were not BURNED.

Helaman 5:24
And when they saw that they were ENCIRCLED ABOUT WITH A PILLAR OF FIRE, and that it BURNED them not, their hearts did take courage.

(I also like the opening with the fear of the Lamanites vs. the closing with the courage of Nephi and Lehi.)

posted by grego at 10:13 PM

Anonymous said…
This is my first time looking at your blog. It’s fascinating. You are a very close reader of the text, and I’ll be spending some quality time on here with your posts.
Don Bradley
8:44 AM

grego said…
Thanks. And, everything is open to discussion (gulp).
11:06 PM

UPDATE: Helaman 11:5
And so it was done, according to the words of Nephi. And there was a great FAMINE upon the land, among all the people of Nephi. And thus in the seventy and fourth year the FAMINE did continue, and the work of destruction did cease by the sword but became sore by FAMINE.

Helaman 11:6
And this work of destruction did also continue in the seventy and fifth year. For the earth was SMITTEN that it was dry, and did not yield forth grain in the season of grain; and the whole earth was SMITTEN, even among the Lamanites as well as among the Nephites, so that they were SMITTEN that they did perish by thousands in the more wicked parts of the land.

**I also found one in the Bible:
Joshua 1:6,7,9–the “be strong and of a good courage” part.


Five times near each other!

3 Nephi 5:25
And as he hath COVENANTED with all the house of Jacob, even so shall the COVENANT wherewith he hath COVENANTED with the house of Jacob be fulfilled in his own due time, unto the restoring all the house of Jacob unto the knowledge of the COVENANT that he hath COVENANTED with them.

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