This is a very interesting chapter.

After reviewing the partial parallel arrangements of others, I conducted an in-depth examination elsewhere in the chapter and when I saw at the top and the bottom the structure of I remember, covenants, and the chiasmus structure of which are of the house of Israel and words at both the top and bottom, I then thought there may be a larger structure to the chapter.

The words the isles of the sea formed a centering point and I began to look inward from there. The central chiasmus structure from E to E is my own arrangement as well as the form in the D section.

 

What I really like about this chapter is that a main message becomes apparent when examining the structure and the blending of the concepts of the Lords work and the concept that He remembers his covenant people and also all nations. (note how these words are related in the top, bottom, and middle of the chiasmus as well as several of the smaller structures.)

 

Previous to this analysis I had thought that some of the wording in this chapter was odd and also that writing something that mentions the Bible would be something that a charlatan might do try to lend support to a forgery. I had once read that someone thought calling someone fools was odd language for the Lord. Also the use of the name Bible is interesting as I believe its a Greek word (biblion meaning books). The word Bible only occurs in this chapter in the entire B of M.

 

After really analyzing this chapter and noting all of the structural detail contained that is in agreement with ancient Hebrew parallel style, the thought that Joseph Smith just made this chapter up off the cuff becomes a much smaller possibility and thus this helps to re-in force faith.

 

2 Nephi 29

A) 1 But behold, there shall be manyat that day when I shall proceed to do a marvelous work among them, that I may remember

B) a) my covenants  (extended alternate parallelism a, b)

b) which I have made unto the children of men, (Abraham complementary)

C) that I may set my hand again the second time to recover my people,

a) which are of the house of Israel;

y) 2 And also, that I may remember

z) the promises which I have made unto thee, Nephi,

z) and also unto thy father,

y) that I would remember your seed;

b) and that the words of your seed should proceed forth out of my mouth unto your seed; (chiasmus)

b) and my words shall hiss forth unto the ends of the earth, for a standard unto my people,

a) which are of the house of Israel;

D) x) a) 3. And because my words shall hiss forthmany of the Gentiles shall say: (Gentiles vs {Jews, Nephites, lost tribes of Israel} (antithetical))

y) A Bible! 

A Bible!

We have got a Bible,

and there cannot be any more Bible.

z) 4. But thus saith the Lord God: O fools,

they shall have a Bible; and it shall proceed forth

b) 1) from the Jews, 

2) mine ancient covenant people.

b) 3) And what thank they the Jews for

4) the Bible which they receive from them?

a) 5) Yea, what do the Gentiles mean? (chiasmus)

6) Do they remember 

the travails,

and the labors,

and the pains

c) of the Jews, and their diligence unto me,

d) in bringing forth salvation unto the Gentiles?

d) 5) 5. O ye Gentiles,

6) have ye remembered

c) 1) the Jews,

2) mine ancient covenant people?

Nay; but ye have cursed them,

and have hated them,

and have not sought to recover them.

But behold, I will return all these things upon your own heads;

6) for I the Lord have not forgotten 

2) my people.

z) 6. Thou fool, that shall say:

y) A Bible,

we have got a Bible,

and we need no more Bible.

E) a) 4) Have ye obtained a Bible (the words complementary) (extended alternate parallelism a, b, c)

x') 3) save it were by the Jews? (chiasmus)

b)7 Know ye not that there are more nations than one? (them complementary)

c) Know ye not that I, the Lord your God, have created all men, and that I remember (Jews, Nephites, Israel, all nations (complementary)

F) those who are upon the isles of the sea;

G) and that I rule in the heavens above and in the earth beneath; (directions (complementary)

H) and I bring forth my word unto the children of men,

I) a) yea, even upon all the nations of the earth? (many complementary) (extended alternate parallelism a, b, c)

b) 8 Wherefore murmur ye, because that ye shall receive more of my word?

c) y) Know ye not that the testimony of two nations is a witness unto you that I am God,

z) that I remember one nation like unto another? (chiasmus)

z) Wherefore, I speak the same words unto one nation like unto another.

y) And when the two nations shall run together the testimony of the two nations shall run together also.

I) a) 9 And I do this that I may prove unto many that I am the same yesterday, today, and forever;

b) and that I speak forth my words according to mine own pleasure and because that I have spoken

one word ye need not suppose that I cannot speak another;

c) x) for my work is not yet finished;

y) neither shall it be until the end of man,

z) neither from that time henceforth and forever. (staircase parallelism)

H) 10 Wherefore, because that ye have a Bible ye need not suppose that it contains all my words; neither need ye suppose that I have not caused more to be written.

G) 11 For I command all men, both in the east and in the west, and in the north, and in the south, (complementary)

F) and in the islands of the sea,

E) a) that they shall write the words

b) which I speak unto them;

u) for out of the books which shall be written

v) I will judge the world, (chiasmus)

v) every man according to their works,

u) according to that which is written.

c) 12 For behold,

w) I shall speak unto the Jews and they shall write it;

x) and I shall also speak unto the Nephites and they shall write it;

y) and I shall also speak unto the other tribes of the house of Israel, which I have led away, and they shall write it;

z) and I shall also speak unto all nations of the earth and they shall write it. (staircase parallelism)

D) 13 And it shall come to pass

a) that the Jews 

b) shall have the words of

c) the Nephites, and (chiasmus)

c) the Nephites

b) shall have the words of

a) the Jews;

d) and the Nephites and the Jews

e) shall have the words of

f) the lost tribes of Israel; (chiasmus)

f) and the lost tribes of Israel

e) shall have the words of

d) the Nephites and the Jews.

C) 14 And it shall come to pass that my people,

a) which are of the house of Israel, shall be gathered home unto the lands of their possessions;

b) and my word also shall be gathered in one. (chiasmus)

b) And I will show unto them that fight against my word and against my people,

a) who are of the house of Israel, that I am God,

B) a) and that I covenanted 

b) with Abraham that

A) I would remember his seed forever.

 

 

My arrangement for the D) section above differs from others that Ive seen, but I think it a better matching form to the D) section according to form matching. Interesting that my D section also crosses into my section E).

Note the pairing and the grouping of the words Gentiles and Jews

Also note the placement of the mine ancient covenant people and remember, as well as Bible and fools.

 

Gentiles

Bible

fools

Jews

mine ancient covenant people.

Jews

bible

Gentiles

remember

Jews

Gentiles

Gentiles

remember

Jews

mine ancient covenant people.

not forgotten 

my people.

fools

Bible

Jews

I think its interesting here how things placed on the inside on the first chiasmus are placed on the outside of the second chiasmus, and vise versa. I think the last Jews term that then forms an antithetical match with the Gentiles at the top and may serve to balance the form. Although the last Bible and Jews runs across the beginning of my E section.

 

Part of the reason I arranged my D) section as I did was because of the form in the D) section which has a similar double turn around.

Jews 

Nephites,

Nephites

Jews;

Nephites and the Jews

lost tribes of Israel;

the lost tribes of Israel

Nephites and the Jews.

 

 

(Arranged by Timothy Riggs)