The Cain and Abel Story
The Cain and Abel Story
After Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden of Eden, they gave birth to their two eldest sons, Cain and Abel. According to the Torah, the oldest son Cain was the first human that was born, as opposed to being created. Cain plowed the Earth while Abel was a shepherd to lambs.
The story goes that God one day asked Cain and Abel to sacrifice something to him. It is said that Able thought long and hard about what sacrifice would please God the most. He decided to sacrifice one of his precious lambs. Cain on the other hand thought about what meant the least to him and he sacrificed some fruit and grain. Without a doubt God preferred Abel's sacrifice.
This made Cain jealous of his younger brother and he murdered him. God came to look for Abel, and when he could not find him he asked Cain where he was. Cain replied: "I don't know. Am I my brother's keeper?" (Genesis 4:9)
When God found out what Cain had done, he punished him with a curse. He was no longer able to farm and he would have to wander for the rest of his life. Cain was afraid he would be harmed by people on the road, so God gave him a protective marking.
Aside from the religious and moral lessons of the Cain and Able story, it also depicts the the conflict between the people who used the sparse fertile soil for growing crops and those who used it to raise livestock. There is a similar story in Sumerian culture about a goddess who must choose between two suitors - a farmer god and a shepherd god.
- It is not sure what the nature of the mark on Cain was. It is said by some that it was a mark on his face or his red hair. Still other claims it was a black skin, a theory later used to justify slavery.
- In Muslim versions of the story it is said that Abel offered no resistance when Cain came to kill him and is looked upon as a symbol of pacifism.
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