Where in the World is Adam?

“Thus, from the first moment of disobedience, when Adam and Eve discover they are naked and flee from the gaze of their Creator, God goes to search for them: “Adam, where are you?” (Gen 3:9) This call of God resonates beyond boundaries of the primitive Eden; it reverberates throughout the entire history of Israel and of humanity, God moves to search for the lost sheep, and when He has found it, He, full of joy, brings it back on His shoulders to the sheep pen. Upon His return, He gathers friends and neighbors for rejoicing (Lk 15:4-7). Again we perceive echoes of the heavenly feast.

However, the search for the lost human being is long and hard. The Orthodox Church, at Matins of Holy Saturday, in the wake of St.Irenaues states: ‘You descended to earth to find Adam, but You did not find him on earth, O Master, and You went to search for him in Hades.’ (stanza 25).” (Boris Bobrinskoy, The Compassion of the Father, pg.55)

The Descent into Hades

“In Orthodox iconography the ‘Descent to Hades’ portrays the risen Christ liberating Adam and Eve, depicted as a very old man and woman, from a black hole representing the realm of non-being, or Hades. Christ the new Adam, the new human being, raises up old mortality to new life. He does the same for all the sons and daughters of Adam and Eve, for he is the one who can say, ‘I was dead, and see, I am alive forever and ever; and I have the keys of Death and of Hades’ (Rev. 1:18);” (Paul Valliere, Modern Russian Theology: Bukharev, Soloviev, Bulgakov – Orthodox Theology in a New Key, pg. 4)