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. 

Interesting facts:

  1. 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. 
  2. 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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Cain and Abel

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OpinionDuck 6 years ago

missed the point of this hub

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IAmThat 6 years ago Author

Missed the point of your comment.

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rdlang05 6 years ago from Minnesota

Interesting. I'm looking forward to more from you.

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IAmThat 6 years ago Author

Thanks :)

clnt 4 years ago

I made an account to let you know I enjoyed this hub. I got here listening to Pusicfer's (The Rapture). Also led me to a hilarious child story of the Cain and Abel story.

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FSlovenec 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA

Keep working it the Hub is nicely to the point..Cain was not obedient to the command of the Lord to sacrifice..I think the point is God wants obedience not sacrifice..Cain was the Hub always when an author makes me think..thank you

Jim Cancel 4 years ago

The Muslim version is interesting, I wonder if it includes a sidebar discussion on how Able's sacrifice was the only acceptable one and therefore, he should have killed Cain first for not being like him?

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Nightvayne 2 years ago

Just curious, if God is omnicient and omnipotent, why does it say "when he found out," wouldn't he know right away, especially if he's in the area of the murder, watching it happen? In which case, he could stop it, possibly?

vk 2 years ago

If that be the case, man wouldn't have a choice and that makes God a dictator. God has set the standard and it's up to man to choose and be responsible for his actions.

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celafoe 2 years ago from Planet earth. between the oceans

I agree, there is no point made the way this is related.

Also it is incorrect, it does not say "God one day asked for a sacrifice", what it says is ,"in the process of time", IE; when there were ripe fruit, young lambs and ripe vegetables, which is the time for a thanksgiving offering.

God knew where his brother was but gave him a chance to tell the truth and repent but he chose to lie. vs 10 is the proof

Looks like your purpose here was to mock the scriptures.

God will not be mocked.

opinionduck 2 years ago

If we take away your bible then where is your proof of God.

There are over seven billion people in the world today, and yet no religion has even close to a majority of that population.

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celafoe 2 years ago from Planet earth. between the oceans

I do not need a bible to see God or to talk to him. Many have met God without a written bible.

7 billion--- so what.

Prov 18:2 A fool has no delight in understanding,

But in expressing his own heart.

Ps 14:1 The fool has said in his heart,

"There is no God."


earnestinejones 2 years ago

Ilovethestoryaboutcainandabel 2 years ago

After murdering Abel

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