Far, Far Away on Judea's Plains

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Judea in the first century AD

"Far, Far, Away on Judea's Plains" was originally written for an 1869 Christmas program in St. George, Utah, when John Menzies Macfarlane desired a new song for his choir.[1][2]

"Far, Far, Away on Judea's Plains" was first published in the Juvenile Instructor on December 15, 1889.[1] The hymn has since become one of the few Mormon hymns to become accepted in the broader Christian community.[2]

The hymn's accompanying melody, "Chatterley," was also written by Macfarlane.


  1. ^ a b Far, Far, Away on Judea's Plains, nethymnal.org; accessed May 21, 2012
  2. ^ a b "John Menzies Macfarlane: Far, Far Away and Not So Long Ago" by Ardis Parshall, Keepapitchinin, Dec. 14, 2008. Accessed May 21, 2012.