273.3: The Fall of Humanity (OT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 4, Study Notes)

January 18, 2018


“Because of My Transgression My Eyes Are Opened”


This portion of the episode discusses the Adam and Eve narrative in historical and literary context, proposes theories of the Fall across the belief spectrum, and brings in insights from psychology to the question of human nature and improvement.


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Class Member Reading:Moses 4; 5:1-15; 6:48-62; 2 Nephi 2:22–23; 9:6-10; Genesis 3:16–23

Additional Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:20–22; 2 Nephi 2:5–30; Helaman 14:15–18; D&C 19:15–19; 29:34–44; Articles of Faith 1:2; “Fall of Adam,” Bible Dictionary

Other Reading: Genesis 2; 3


Heidi and Justin continue the discussion.


You can access the Annotated Reading here (or PDF)

You can access the Lesson Notes here (or PDF)



Lesson Part 2

0:00 Overview

1:07 Genesis 2-3 (JPS)

3:53 1st Tim 2

Study Notes

7:06 Adam and Eve Historical and Literary Perspective

12:30 Different Interpretations of the Fall

16:58 Science and Philosophy of Human Nature

Discussion Part 2

31:41 Biblical Narratives

43:57 Flaming Sword and Cherubim

Discussion Part 3

47:35 Adam and Eve Down the Rabbit Hole: Eden in a Bubble

56:31 Adam and Eve Down the Rabbit Hole: Great Leap Forward

1:04:12 Adam and Eve Down the Rabbit Hole: Born Fallen

1:11:58 Adam and Eve Down the Rabbit Hole: Symbolic Fall and Atonement

1:16:03 All Interpretations are (equally) Sacred



The Fall

Human Nature, Morality, and Free Will



Thanks to William Newman for content editing and James Estrada for audio editing, and to to Steven Nelson for the beautiful bumper music.