Bible Articles on the Topic of Cain and Abel

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Omissions Made Good?

There are a number of places where the Septuagint appears to have preserved a reading, perhaps only a phrase or a mere word, which has somehow dropped out of the Hebrew text. A fairly well-known example is in Genesis 4:8 where LXX adds: “And Cain said to Abel his brother, Let us go out into the plain.” The words are important as indicating Cain’s deliberate intention to murder his brother.

The Offerings of Cain and Abel

In the course of time Cain brought to the LORD an offering of the fruit of the ground, 4and Abel for his part brought of the firstlings of his flock, their fat portions. And the LORD had regard for Abel and his offering, but for Cain and his offering He had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.—Genesis 4:3-5 NRS

Blaming Others

“To Cain and his offering, [the LORD] paid no heed. Cain became furious and depressed. The LORD said to Cain: ‘Why are you so furious? Why are you depressed? ...’ Cain said to his brother Abel. When they were in the fields, Cain rose up against his brother Abel, and killed him.’” (Genesis 4:5-8)

Cain: The Fruitless Farmer?

“[The LORD] said: ‘What have you done? Your brother’s blood is screaming to Me from the ground. Now, you are cursed. From the ground that opened its mouth to take your brother’s blood from your hand. When you [Cain] work the ground, it will not give you any of its strength. You will be restless and a wanderer in the land.’” (Genesis 4:10-12)

Did Cain and Abel Have Instructions on Sacrifice?

Did Cain and Abel have precise instructions on the question of Sacrifice? What is meant by the statement in Hebrews 11:4 that “By faith Abel offered up a more excellent sacrifice than Cain”?

Why God Would Not Accept Cain’s Offering

“Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord.” (Genesis 4:3)

Cain’s Offering of Inferior Quality Fruit

A.B. writes: The prevalent idea seems to be that Cain’s offering was rejected because no blood was shed in connection with it, the latter part of Hebrews 9:22 being quoted to support this idea. On looking at Hebrews 9, we find that the writer is referring to the law given through Moses, and quoting only the latter part of verse 22 introduces a contradiction to Leviticus 5:11-18, where we read that in exceptional cases flour, for example could be offered as a sin offering. There is harmony if the whole of verse 22 is read. “ALMOST all things are by the law purged with blood”

Shoftim: The Line Between Murder And Apathy

In this video, we are introduced to cities of refuge: a safe haven for one who kills accidentally. Interestingly, we’ve heard many of the same circumstances before in the narrative section of the Torah, but where? And what is the relationship between the two passages? Watch, and learn the context to understanding what lies beyond accidental murder, and how to become more sensitive individuals.

Illustrated Bible Journey: Cain and Abel

The stories of Cain and Abel, the first sons of Adam and Eve, and Cain’s eventual banishment.

Abel

A’bel, (Heb. He'bel, הֶבֶל, a breath, 1, q. transitory; as Gesenius [Heb. Lex.] thinks, from the shortness of his life or, as Kitto [Daily Bible Illust.] suggests, perhaps i. q. vanity, from the maternal cares experienced during the infancy of Cain; Sept. and N.T. ῎Αβελ; Josephus, ῎Αβελος), the second son of Adam and Eve, slain by his elder brother, Cain (Genesis 4:1-16), B.C. cir. 4045. SEE ADAM.

Abel (1838)

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Adam and Eve Mourning the Death of Abel (1529 engraving)

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Adam Named His Wife Eve, Because She would be the Mother of All Who Live

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Baby Shower? What’s A Baby?

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Cain and Abel (Dalziels’ Bible Gallery)

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Cain and Abel in the Field

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Cain and Abel in the Field

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Cain and Abel: Valentine’s Day

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Cain Kills Abel

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Cain murdering Abel (plate 2 from The Story of Cain and Abel)

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Cain Went Away from the Presence of the Lord

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Firstborn of the Flock Feedback

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Hurricane and Abel

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Raising Cain

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Sacrifices of Cain and Abel

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Sacrifices of Cain and Abel

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The Sacrifice of Cain and Abel

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Where Is Your Brother?

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Where is Your Brother Abel?

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Cain and Abel

In Abrahamic religions Cain and Abel (Hebrew: הֶבֶל ,קַיִן Qayin, Heḇel; Arabic: قابيل، هابيل Qābīl, Hābīl) were two of the sons of Adam and Eve. They worked as food producers for their family; Cain was a crop farmer, and Abel was a shepherd. When they sacrificed to God, He favored Abel’s sacrifice over Cain’s. Later, Cain killed Abel, committing the first murder. God expelled Cain, but lightened his punishment after Cain complained that his original punishment was too difficult to bear. Cain was the first person born, and Abel was the first to die.

Curse and mark of Cain

The curse of Cain and the mark of Cain are phrases that originated in Genesis 4, where God declared that Cain (the firstborn son of Adam and Eve) would be cursed for murdering his brother Abel. A mark was put upon him in order to warn others that killing Cain would provoke the vengeance of God, that if someone did something to harm Cain, the damage would come back sevenfold. Some interpretations view this as a physical mark, whereas other interpretations see the “mark” as a sign, and not as a physical marking on Cain himself. The King James Version of the Bible reads “set a mark upon Cain”.