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== "Who was Cain's wife?" ==
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When Cain was sent away by God into exile, mankind was in its second generation - anyone Cain (or any of his siblings) could marry would be his close relative.  However, the [[Law of Moses]] forbids the marriage of close relatives.  Many people find this a Biblical contradiction.
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However, this law was not given until later, at the time of Moses (Leviticus 18).  Indeed, [[Abraham]] married his half-sister Sarah (Genesis 20:12).  When God created man, He called him "very good".  However, after the [[Fall of Man]], harmful genetic mutations would gradually build up and cause virtually all offspring of close relatives to be deformed because both parents would have the same mutated [[allele]]s.  For example, many Egyptian [[pharaoh]]s married their sisters and had perfectly normal offspring; the children of such incestuous unions today are almost always deformed.<ref>Rushdoony, ''The Institutes of Biblical Law''</ref>
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Note also that a wife is related to her husband even before they marry, as all humans come from the offspring of Adam and Eve.
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Therefore, the popular question of "who was Cain's wife?" is easily answered.
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== References ==
 
== References ==

Revision as of 19:51, 30 April 2010

Life as recorded in the Bible

Cain (Hebrew, "acquisition") was the firstborn son of Adam and Eve as recorded in the Bible. Born after the fall, he became a farmer. He was the first murderer, killing his brother Abel because God accepted Abel's offering, but not Cain's. God punished him by cursing him to be a wanderer who would always have to toil hard for little reward. When Cain protested that "whoever finds me will kill me," God put a mark on him so that "if anyone kills Cain, he will suffer vengeance seven times over." [1]

In time, Cain built a city that he named after his son Enoch. According to the apocryphal Book of Jubilees, Cain married his sister [2] Awan and was later killed when his house collapsed on him.[3]


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References

  1. Genesis 4:10-17
  2. Such marriages were not forbidden until the time of Moses.
  3. Book of Jubilees 4:9,31