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Monday, 20 July 2015

Cain and Abel



Cain's curse involves receiving a mark from God, commonly referred to as the mark of Cain. God accepted Abel's offering and rejected Cain's - an indication that Abel was more righteous than Cain, and thus worthier of Aclima. However, Cain refused because he wanted to keep his own sister, while Abel respected the paternal law. Adam suggested sacrificial offerings, and, in his absence, God accepted Abel's lamb rather than Cain's offering of grass. It is not known what the mark is, but it is assumed that the mark is visible. When God openly rejected Cain's sacrifice, Cain slew his brother in a fit of jealousy and anger. Freud’s theory of fratricide is explained by the Oedipus or Electra complex through Jung's supplementation. Interpretations extend Cain's curse to his descendants, where they all died in the Great Deluge as retribution for the loss of Abel's potential offspring. According to Midrashic tradition, Cain and Abel each had twin sisters whom they were to marry. Since Cain would not consent to this arrangement, Adam suggested seeking God's blessing by means of a sacrifice. Abel obeyed this law while Cain did not, and, as a result, Cain killed Abel.

Cain and Abel

Muslim scholars were divided on the motives behind Cain's murder of Abel, and further why the two brother were obliged to offer sacrifices to God. Ancient exegetes, such as the Midrash and the Conflict of Adam and Eve with Satan, suggest something even more sinister behind the killing. Analysts have described Cain's relationship to his sister as being incestuous.

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And while thus buying and selling he met the merchant-wizard who had foretold the seven years of famine and of abundance. Whomever God blessed would marry Aclima. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast.

The Genesis narrative does not give a specific reason for the murder of Abel. Now, O Cain! thou wilt be summoned Speedily unto the presence Of the Lord, who had condemned thee Unto death for thy great avarice.

According to the biblical narrative in Genesis 4:1-16, Cain treacherously murdered his brother Abel, lied about the murder to God, and as a result was cursed and marked for life. Some scholars believed that Cain's motives were plain jealousy and lust. Blinded by anger and lust for Aclima, Cain sought to get revenge from Abel and escape with Aclima. As a result, it was decided that Abel would marry Aclima. But how did Cain kill Abel?

2Then she also gave birth to his brother Abel. The Midrash states that Abel's promised wife, Aclima, was more beautiful. Both Cain and Abel desired to marry Adam's beautiful daughter, Aclima (Aqlimia' in Arabic). Cain, on the other hand, would marry her less beautiful sister. 4 And Abel also brought an offering—fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. Seeking to put an end to the dispute between them, Adam suggested that each one of them present an offering before God. 3 In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord. However, this interpretation does not relate to the preference of the sacrifices by God, but rather to the acceptance or rejection of God's law. Indeed, in the Old Testament, in particular in the Judaic, Midrash Rabba, and Islamic versions, wherein Cain and Abel are not the only offspring of Adam and Eve, but born as twins with one sister each. But Cain, a miserly farmer, offered only a bunch of grass and some worthless seeds to him. Modern commentators typically assume that the motives were jealousy and anger due to God rejecting Cain's offering, while accepting Abel's. They supplement that the motive involved a desire for the most beautiful woman. Abel, a generous shepherd, offered the fattest of his sheep as an oblation to God. As a result of this preference, Cain killed Abel. And he said, "Oh, good day, Abel," to make Cain believe that he was not discovered. With the earth left cursed to drink Abel's blood, Cain was no longer able to farm the land. Cain was furious, and he was downcast.

Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, 5 but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. 4And Abel also presented b – some of the firstborn of his flock and their fat portions.c The Lord had regard for Abel and his offering, 5but He did not have regard for Cain and his offering. Exegesis of the Hebrew narrative has Cain punished as a "fugitive and wanderer". This mark serves as God's promise to Cain for divine protection from premature death, with the stated purpose to prevent anyone from killing him. Exegesis of the Septuagint's narrative, "groaning and shaking upon the earth" has Cain suffering from body tremors. But the oxen who were present all began to chant in chorus: Do not call that person Abel; It is Cain, do you not see it? Cain who, for the greed of money, Treacherously slew his brother, And then clad him in his garments. Now Abel became a shepherd of a flock, but Cain cultivated the land. In that regard, Abel and Cain were the first two sons, each of whom was born with a twin sister, and Adam decided that, to avoid incest, Abel would marry Cain's sister and Cain would marry Abel's sister. The one whom God would accept his offering would marry Aclima. 3In the course of time Cain presented some of the land's produce as an offering to the LORD.

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