Journal of Book of Mormon Studies


Book of Mormon Books, 2 Nephi, Book of Mormon, Isaiah, Jesus Christ, Language, Chiasmus, Jacob, Nephi


One of the principal themes of Nephi’s writings on the small plates is his desire to convince others of Christ. A second, related theme is his desire to write plain and precious things on those plates. Some of the most plain and precious writings of Nephi are those instances in which he used the name Christ in chiasmus or other forms of poetry. Perhaps more than any other portion of his words, Nephi intended these plain and precious writings to convince both Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ, the one true Messiah.