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Week 04: The Fall, Adam and Eve in the world, Cain and Abel (Genesis 3–4; Moses 4:1–6:9)

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28 September 2017


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Additional reading from this lesson:

  • James E. Talmage, “The Earth and Man,” an address given in the Tabernacle at Temple Square, Salt Lake City, Sunday, 9 August 1931. The Church published this address several times; one version was in Instructor 100, no. 12 (December 1965): 474–77, concluded in Instructor 101, no. 1 (January 1966): 9–11, 15.
  • Daniel C. Peterson, “Nephi and His AsherahAdobe Acrobat file,” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 9, no. 2 (2000): 16–25. Peterson, a professor of Arabic and Near Eastern Studies at BYU, connects the tree of life in the Garden of Eden and Lehi₁’s vision to the divine feminine.
  • Jolene Edmunds Rockwood, “Eve’s Role in the Creation and the Fall to MortalityAdobe Acrobat file,” from Women and the Power Within (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book, 1991), 49–62. Rockwood explores the symbolism of the Fall and the unity and shared responsibility of Adam and Eve, and men and women today.
  • Race and the Priesthood,” Gospel Topics Essays. This Church-published essasy explores the origins of the ban on ordaining men of African descent to the priesthood.
  • Mormonism and the ‘curse of Cain’” FairMormon Answers, accessed 22 July 2017.
  • I also highly recommend the 2012 documentary Nobody Knows: The Untold Story of Black Mormons. You can watch the trailer below and purchase a DVD on Amazon.com.