The Sacrifice of Adam and Eve

The Sacrifice of Adam and Eve April 11, 2024


Professor Nibley
Hugh Nibley (1910-2005), pretty much as he looked when I studied Middle Egyptian with him.
(Wikimedia Commons public domain image)

This just went up on the website of the Interpreter Foundation:  “Hugh Nibley Observed: Nibley and the Environment,” written and presented by Terry Ball:

“I am honored to participate in this lecture series remembering the studies, life, and legacy of Professor Hugh Nibley. I did not have the privilege of personally knowing Professor Nibley. He retired before I joined the faculty at BYU, but I do happen to have two stories to contribute to the corpus of Nibley lore—both of which, in contrast to many others I have heard, I know to be actually true!”

Part of our book chapter reprint series, this article originally appeared in Hugh Nibley Observed, edited by Jeffrey M. Bradshaw, Shirley S. Ricks, and Stephen T. Whitlock. For more information, go to

An altar with flames and Eve and Adam
Adam and Eve offer sacrifices. (Image of unknown provenance)

And I’m a bit late calling attention to this essay, which went up yesterday on the Interpreter Foundation’s website:  “Conference Talks: “This Thing Is a Similitude”: A Typological Approach to Moses 5:4-15 and Ancient Apocryphal Literature (2020 Tracing Ancient Threads in the Book of Moses Conference), delivered by David M. Calabro:

David M. Calabro spoke at the Tracing Ancient Threads in the Book of Moses Conference on Saturday, September 19, 2020 under the title of “‘This Thing Is a Similitude’: A Typological Approach to Moses 5:1–15 and Ancient Apocryphal Literature.” His paper examines similarities between the account of the sacrifice and epiphany of the first parents in Moses 5:1-15 and analogous accounts found in apocryphal literature of the late antique and medieval periods. Apocryphal texts I will consider include primarily the Greek Life of Adam and Eve (also known as the Apocalypse of Moses) and secondarily the Conflict of Adam and Eve with Satan, the Cave of Treasures, the medieval Jewish Sefer Raziel, and Islamic collections of Qisas al-Anbiya’ (“Stories of the Prophets”). The focus will be not only on the content of the narratives, but also on structural elements such as voice and narrative flow. Based on this examination, I will argue that some of these texts have a common type of origin, being both revelatory and oriented to a ritual context, while others belong to different types associated with different historical contexts. I will show how this typological approach could inform dialogue between scholars of Restoration scripture and those researching the origins of other traditions’ sacred texts.

All of the conference presentations were filmed, and both video and audio recordings of each presentation are available. Videos, audio recordings and transcripts are available at The videos are also available on the Interpreter Foundation YouTube channel at A YouTube playlist is also available at

U. S. Muslim soldiers praying
A group of American Muslim soldiers mark the end of the fasting month of Ramadan in 2009
(Wikimedia Commons public domain image)

I was also very pleased to see this:  “Apostle Extends Eid al-Fitr Greeting to Muslims around the World”

With that in mind, it seems appropriate to mention this news item:  “Serving Together with the Interfaith Community during Ramadan: Representatives of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints support Ramadan interfaith initiatives”

And to share a couple of quotations that were first shared online by Alex Barclay:

“Avoid contention and vain disputes with men of corrupt minds who do not desire to know the truth. Remember, it is a day of warning and not a day of many words. If they receive not your testimony in one place, flee to another, remembering to cast no reflection nor throw out any bitter saying. If you do your duty, it will be as well with you as if all men received the gospel.” (Joseph Smith DHC 1:468)
“When you go into a neighborhood to preach the Gospel, never attempt to tear down a man’s house, so to speak, before you build him a better one; never, in fact, attack any one’s religion, wherever you go. Be willing to let every man enjoy his own religion. It is his right to do that. If he does not accept your testimony with regard to the Gospel of Christ, that is his affair, and not yours. Do not spend your time in pulling down other sects and parties. We haven’t time to do that. It is never right to do that.”  (Wilford Woodruff)
Professor Skousen at work
Royal Skousen teaching a linguistics class at Brigham Young University back in 2016
(Wikimedia Commons public domain photo)

I want to remind you of the fact that, after more than three and a half decades of meticulous effort and stunning productivity, Royal Skousen’s landmark project on the textual history of the Book of Mormon is finally approaching completion.  To mark the culmination of his work, the Interpreter Foundation is partnering with BYU Studies to celebrate the achievements and the results of this mammoth enterprise.

Royal Skousen will speak at the event, summarizing what the Critical Text Project has taught us.  His frequent collaborator Stanford Carmack will also speak.

We haven’t yet settled on the precise location for the evening event, but it will occur somewhere on the campus of Brigham Young University in Provo, at 7 PM on Saturday, 10 August 2024.  (Please mark your calendar if you are interested in attending.  Further details will be forthcoming.)  That will be the Saturday immediately following this year’s annual FAIR Conference, which — in a departure from past precedents, will be held at the American Heritage School in Salt Lake City, Utah, on 8-9 August 2024.  Please mark your calendars for that, as well!

I will be speaking at the 2024 FAIR conference, which, this year, will bear the title of FAIR and Valiant Voices: United in Faith and will represent the alliance of two distinct organizations, FAIR and something called Valiant Conference.  This is a bit of an experiment, I understand, so we’re all curious to see how smoothly and well it will run.  I hope to see you there.

And, yet again, I call to your attention a film that will actually have its debut tonight and this weekend: Escape from Germany.  It’s a dramatic true story, brought to the screen by one of the foremost contemporary Latter-day Saint filmmakers.

Good things are happening!



"I suppose, to extend the analogy, if we are to lift such heavy burdens, why ..."

Contra Calvinism 2
"I don't regard God as omnipotent in the strictest sense of that term. I suspect ..."

Contra Calvinism 2
"So you accept the word "mormon" means "frightening " as Wesley P Walters Mth writes ..."

Thinking about Evolution
"But then you had the Mormons flying off the Atlantic Seaboard Mormon Glacious and Mormon ..."

Thinking about Evolution

Browse Our Archives

Follow Us!