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Was Adam a Monotheist? A Reflection on Why We Call Abraham Father and Not Adam
TitleWas Adam a Monotheist? A Reflection on Why We Call Abraham Father and Not Adam
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsHalverson, Taylor
JournalInterpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saith Faith and Scholarship
Volume31
Pagination245-258
KeywordsAbraham (Prophet); Adam; Covenant; Fall of Adam; Monotheism; Transgression
Abstract

The three great monotheistic religious traditions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) all claim Abraham as father and prototypical monotheist. Though Adam is the putative first father in all of these traditions, he is seldom remembered in Judeo-Christian scriptural, apocryphal, or pseudepigraphic texts as an exemplary monotheist. This essay briefly reviews why Abraham retains the lofty title “Father of Monotheism” while exploring how Latter-day restoration scripture adds to and challenges this ancient tradition vis-à-vis enhanced understanding of Adam’s covenantal and monotheistic fidelity to God.

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