The Pattern

Repeated Themes

A -- Word of the Lord
.B -- The Lord’s Covenant

..C -- The World
...D -- The Lord's Servant

....E -- Preservation
.....F -- The Suffering Servant
.....F' -- Atonement
....E’ -- Salvation

...D’ -- The Lord's Servant
..C’ -- Overcoming the World

.B’ -- Fulfillment
A’ -- Salvation Song



A. Hear this, Hearken, Praise, Name, etc.

B. Promise(s), Inheritance, New Things, Hidden Things, Things of God, Shall Come to pass, etc.

C. World, Wicked, Contentions, Apostasy, Satan, Egypt, Babylon, Earth, etc. [feminine]

D. Servant, Prophet, Moses, Truth, Righteousness, Kingdom, Heaven, etc. [masculine]

E. Preserved, Salvation, Pillars, Gates, Manna, Wine, etc. -- boldly

F. Suffering, Afflicted, Despised, Rejected, etc. -- nobly

F'. Oneness, Unity, Embrace, Kiss, Throne, Name, Glory, etc. -- nobly

E’. Salvation, Exalted, Preserved, Inheritance, Mercy, etc. -- independent

D’. Servant, Prophet, Truth, Righteousness, Kingdom, Heaven, Eternity, etc. [masculine]

C’. Overcome, World, Wicked, Cut Off, Contentions; Judgment, Destruction, Earth, etc. [feminine]

B’. Fulfill, Restoration, Deliverance, Covenant(s), Promise(s), Inheritance, etc.

A’. Hosanna, Name, Amen, Sing, etc.


The section Understanding the Pattern was written by Jared R. Demke, edited by Scott L. Vanatter.

Most Examples of the Pattern were outlined by Jared Demke, with minimal input from Scott Vanater. Those examples marked with an asterisk (*) were outlined by Scott Vanatter, with minimal input from Jared Demke. Examples marked with a double asterisk (**) were outlined with significant participation by both Jared Demke and Scott Vanatter.

The original website was last updated on 16 August 2001.

4 comments to About

  • Brent

    Scott ~ I’ve enjoyed your site, especially your tribute to Jared. I was first introduced to the concept of chiasmus while in seminary. In recent years I’ve also become acquainted with the other forms of parallelism and Hebraic poetry out of the necessity of trying to understand Isaiah. I think that I may have possibly “found” a fairly large series of chiastic writing in the Book of Mormon that I cannot find published anywhere online. I am NOT an well-versed in scholarly scripture study and am a bit unsure in how to proceed. I’d welcome your input and direction. Thank you. Kindest Regards ~ Brent N.

  • Scott Vanatter

    Thanks for your comments. I was fortunate to know Jared. I am sorry to be so late in responding. We had a wedding and a mission reunion I hosted. I’ll be in touch soon.

  • Edward Faunce

    Dear Mr. Vanatter,

    I have read this site with great interest.

    Back in the early 1980′s, while trying to put the Book of Mormon (BOM) into a more easily read edition, I stumbled on to the work shown in the Holy Bible, The New King James Version, published by Nelson.

    When I opened up the Bible, it fell open to Isaiah and saw how the text had been rendered in poetry format. Of course, I had been struggling with 2 Nephi and saw immediately that something very different was going on. I began studying about the Hebraic poetry and finally spent several years putting the BOM into an entirely new “poetic” pattern. That work has been published as The BOM, Restored Covenant Edition.

    By the way, it is also a red letter edition showing the words of Christ in 3 Nephi in red.

    I was also familiar with the work of a group in Utah called FARMS. I subscribed to their publications and then began putting the Doctrine and Covenants into a poetic format. One of the more interesting sections was the “Word of Wisdom” which I found to be entirely chiastic.

    This was amazing to me because it was clear that Joseph Smith would not be writing in a Hebraic poetry style. Then I saw a publication called the “God Inspired Language of the BOM”. Again another person had redrafted the BOM into many different forms of poetic structure.

    I then formed the hypothesis that when persons wrote under the power of the Holy Spirit, they wrote the Language of God. While the prophets vocabulary might influence the actual words used, the power of God’s language is so bright that it shines through the prophet’s gloss.

    I believe that language was given to Adam and passed down as one of God’s gifts. It was a pattern that shows up again and again. One of those patterns in all things.

    Finally, one last thought, there are 5 verses in the BOM and D&C which say that God’s course is “one eternal round.”

    If you connect up the first (A) and last (A’) points in a chiasm, with the middle or turning point at 6:00, the chiasm, rather than being half an X, fully fits on a circle – perhaps a more fitting visual because the circle is “one eternal round.” I have only shared this last point with a few people but it has not been published anywhere.

    I hope this reaches you and thank you for your obvious devotion to the Word of God.

    Edward Faunce
    Edward Faunce
    Faunce, Singer & Oatman
    315 N. Vine St.
    Fallbrook, CA 92028
    760.451.7388 – Fax

  • Scott Vanatter

    Excellent insights, Edward. I sent you an email directly. Thanks!

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