Adan y Eva (Adam and Eve)

Br. Arturo Olivas, OFS

Artist's Narrative:
Adan y Eva are the primordial man and woman found in the book of Genesis. God commanded the couple not to eat the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge or they would surely die. Urged by the serpent Eva partook of the fruit and gave it to Adan to eat as well. The couple realized they had sinned and for their transgression were banished from the Garden of Eden. They and their descendants, all of humanity, were doomed to a life of sin and hardship only to be redeemed by the death and resurrection of Christ.

In sacred art the couple is shown nude and standing beneath the Tree around which the serpent is encoiled. According to ancient belief the souls of Adan and Eva are the first to be redeemed by Christ from Limbo.

Their feast day is December 24.


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