The Book of Mormon Text Reformatted According to Parallelistic Patterns
The Book of Mormon text formatted according to parallelistic patterns comprises of entire text of the Book of Mormon formatted into 1 historical narratives and 2 parallelistic forms (consisting of a number of parallel and repetitious types). The Narrative portion representing the majority of the Book of Mormon are formatted and regular blocked Style. In parallistic forms, however, are formatted into various patterns designed to Aid the reader in visualizing the forms. A number of mechanical techniques have been employed in creating the pattern, including both characters underlining, indentations, italics, parentheses, and spacing. The prevalent poetic form of the canon scripture is not the ode, the lamentation, nor the psalm, but parallelism. Each of these longer genre-the ode, the lamentation, and the psalm, may be composed smaller individual units called parallelisms. Kugel has stated that parallelistic structure is the basic feature of biblical songs and for that matter of most the things proverbs, laws, laments, blessings, curses, prayers, and speeches found in the Hebrew Bible. Whole chapters and entire literary pericopes are oftimes composed of scores of individual parallelisms. To the lesser extent the same could be said for the Book of Mormon. Watson's statement regarding the bible also find application in the Book of Mormon: parallelism if universally recognized as a characteristic feature of Biblical Hebrew poetry.
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