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However, the extended chiasms or inverted parallelisms Bailey identified seem more characteristic of written composition than orality, where the earlier lines are not visible, are not there to be set side-by-side with later parallels.
Short chiasms are typical of orality; longer structures are not one may think of the alphabetic acrostics found in some psalms, which by virtue of the fact that they use the alphabet imply literacy.
Mormon Scriptures LDS Apologists point to chiasms in the Book of Mormon as proof of it's divine nature.
It fell out of use, however, and in modern times the existence of chiasms in ancient literature was only recognized by a few scholars in the 18th and 19th centuries.
“For me as a writer, it’s the fissures and splits, the broken, undefined images that ignite my imagination . . . but it’s not only the search, in filling the gap . . . it’s the excavation of the narratives, deep within the fissures and chiasms of our sub-conscious that are already there and most people never unearth.”
The study of Old Testament chiasms has likewise begun to come of age. "