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Lifespan

Birth: c.1 AM
Death: Unknown

Family

Spouse:Unknown
Father:Adam
Mother:Eve
Children:Enoch (Cainite)

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Death of Abel by Gustave Doré

Cain (Hebrew: קין, Qāyin; Greek: Κάϊν, Kaïn; Arabic: قابيل, Qābīl; "possession") (b. Tammuz 1 AMJuly 4002 BC
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) was the first son of Adam and Eve. He was born after Adam and Eve sinned and were expelled from the Garden of Eden. The only brothers of Cain mentioned in the Bible are Abel and Seth. Cain was a farmer who "worked the soil".

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The First Murder

Cain holds a unique place of infamy as being the first person to commit murder. It was Abel, his younger brother who Cain murdered 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. Cain (who worked the soil) brought an offering of fruit, while Abel (who tended the flocks) brought fat from some of the firstborn. When God showed favoritism to Abel and his gift, Cain became angry and led his brother into the field and killed him.

"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

Genealogical Record

Main Article: Biblical genealogy

Traditionally, the eldest son is used in Biblical genealogical records, however, because Cain killed his brother, he was cursed by God. Therefore, the third born son (Seth) is considered the successor of Adam.

Cain did, however, have a son of his own, named Enoch.

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