“O Adam”

Author: W. W. Phelps
Earliest date: 1845 (Times and Seasons)
Keywords: religious dialog punishment
Found in: US(So)

Description

Dialog, in which Eve convinces Adam to eat the tree of knowledge. God orders them out of the garden. They lament, and hope to work their way back to Heaven

Notes

The story of the expulsion from the Garden of Eden occupies Genesis 3.

Belden (who calls this a "mystery play") notes that the ending of this song is "curiously unbiblical," and links it with Mormon doctrine. That it is Mormon there is no doubt, and it is true that there is no evidence in Genesis that humans can ever return to the Garden (in ordinary Christian theology this is a form of the Pelagian heresy). But I've seen equally non-biblical statements in hymns used by most Protestant denominations. - RBW

References

  1. Belden, pp. 455-456, "O Adam" (1 text)
  2. Roud #7834
  3. BI, Beld455