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Adam, Eve, the Book of Moses, and the Temple: The Story of Receiving Christ’s Atonement
TitleAdam, Eve, the Book of Moses, and the Temple: The Story of Receiving Christ’s Atonement
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2021
AuthorsHafen, Bruce C., and Marie K. Hafen
JournalInterpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship
Volume46
Pagination157-200
KeywordsAdam (Prophet); Atonement; Book of Moses; Eve; Temple Worship
Abstract

The authors begin by highlighting the importance of Book of Moses research that has discovered plausible findings for its historicity, rendering it at least reasonable to give the benefit of the doubt to sacred premises — even if, ultimately, the choice of premises is just that, a choice. Emphasizing the relevance of the Book of Moses to the temple, they note that the Book of Moses is not only an ancient temple text, but also the ideal scriptural context for a modern temple preparation course. Going further, the authors address an important question raised by some who have asked: “Since Christ is at the center of the gospel, why doesn’t the temple endowment teach the story of the life of Christ? What’s all this about Adam and Eve?” The answer given in detail in the paper is as follows: “The story of the life of Christ is the story of giving the Atonement. And the story of Adam and Eve is the story of receiving the Atonement. Their story is our story, too.”

URLhttps://journal.interpreterfoundation.org/adam-eve-the-book-of-moses-and-the-temple-the-story-of-receiving-christs-atonement/