Adam & Eve

The Spiritual Symbolism of Genesis and Exodus

Samuel D. Fohr

Hillsdale, NY: Sophia Perennis.
220 pages
ISBN: 0-900588-01-2
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In his Confessions, St Augustine recounts the effect on him of hearing Bishop Ambrose explain various Old Testament passages figuratively: ‘These passages had been death to me when I took them literally, but once I had heard them explained in their spiritual meaning I began to blame myself for my despair, at least insofar as it had led me to suppose that it was quite impossible to counter people who hated and derided the law and the prophets.’ What was true of thoughtful people in St Augustine’s day is even more true today. For many in these ‘enlightened’ times, Bible stories present a stumbling-block to considering any of the great Western faiths as providing a way of spiritual growth: some narratives seem to condone immoral actions while others seem worthy of mockery or strain good sense. But there is an ‘inside’ to these narratives far more digestible than their outside, and this inside is explored in Adam and Eve. From the episodes in the Garden of Eden to the Exodus from Egypt and the battle for entry into the Promised Land, one story after another receives a penetrating treatment revealing a current of esoteric meaning. The interpretations given are traditional in the truest sense of the word, and the author’s hope is that this book will have the kind of effect on the contemporary reader that Bishop Ambrose’s explanations had on St Augustine so many years ago.

Table of Contents

The Meaning of Early Biblical History—In the Beginning—In the Image of God—Adam and Eve—Cain and Abel—The Ark and the Tower—Abraham and Isaac—Esau and Jacob—Jacob and Joseph—Moses and Aaron—Moses and Pharaoh—Bibliography


A veritable metaphysical tour de force which anyone interested in understanding the Genesis story would do well to study, and a cardinal text for anyone who takes up the study of comparative religion. A text that should change the hearts and minds of all who read it.
Rama P. Coomaraswamy, author of The Invocation of the Name of Jesus

About the Author

Samuel Fohr received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Michigan and is currently Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. Becoming interested in Zen Buddhism while still an undergraduate, he proceeded to investigate most of the spiritual traditions of the East. Realizing that many Biblical verses could be interpreted as expressing what are normally considered Eastern ideas, he began systematic research into the question of whether Eastern and Western traditions really expressed the same basic truths.Adam & Eve is the fruit of this endeavour, and this new edition greatly expands on this research. Sophia Perennis has also published Prof. Fohr's Cinderella's Gold Slipper: Spiritual Symbolism in the Grimms' Tales.