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Adam does not feature often in the biblical texts, but the references and allusions to him indicate a figure who provided an explanation of human character and destiny. Paul’s  Adam theology and its influence thereafter indicate how important the figure of Adam was in early Christian theology.

Adam in Genesis

The most famous passage is Gen 1–3, in which several features become fundamental to future Adam references – first, the use of the term adam. Adam is wide…

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Dunn (†), James D.G., “Adam”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 26 September 2021 <>
First published online: 2018

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