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Death of Abel by Gustave Doré

Abel, (Hebrew: הבל, Hāḇel; Greek: Ἅβελ, Habel; Arabic: هابيل, Hābīl) (Born::Tammuz 2 AM-Died::Murdered::Ethanim 130 AM) was the second son of son of::Adam and son of::Eve. He was born after Adam and Eve sinned and were expelled from the Garden of Eden. The only brothers of Abel mentioned by name in the Bible are his elder brother brother of::Cain and his younger brother of::Seth. Abel was a farmer who "tended the flocks".

The First Murder

Abel holds a unique place of infamy as being the first person to be murdered. It was his older brother (Cain) who killed him in an act of jealousy. The story of Cain and Abel is told in the Bible in Genesis 4 , and also the Qur'an. According to the account, Cain and Abel both brought offerings to God. Abel (who tended the flocks) brought fat from some of the firstborn, while Cain (who worked the soil) brought an offering of fruit. When God showed favoritism to Abel and his gift, Cain became angry and led him into the field and killed him. This probably took place in the fall of 130 AM, as the Bible suggests. (The most likely time for the failed sacrifice was in the fall, on or towards the anniversary of creation.)

"And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, 'I have gotten a man from the LORD.' And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. And the LORD said unto Cain, 'Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.' And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him. And the LORD said unto Cain, 'Where is Abel thy brother?' And he said, 'I know not: Am I my brother's keeper?' And He said, 'What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground. And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand; When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.'" - Genesis 4:1-12 (KJV)

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