Cain and Abel – Bible Stories

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A door panel by Ghiberti showing Cain and Abel.

A door panel by Ghiberti showing Cain and Abel.

According to the Book of Genesis in the Bible, after Adam and Eve had to leave the Garden of Eden, they began to have children. The first one they named Cain, and the second they named Abel. When these two children grew up, Cain became a farmer and Abel became a shepherd (he took care of sheep).

They both offered sacrifices to God: Cain sacrificed some of his wheat, and Abel sacrificed one of his sheep. But God liked Abel’s sacrifice better. Cain was very angry, and he killed his brother Abel. So God was angry with Cain, and made him go away and live in a country far away. And Adam and Eve had a third son, Seth. All the Jews are supposed to be descended from Seth.

This story shows a memory of the beginnings of farming and sheep-raising, which would have been around 10,000 BC. It also shows one of the oldest themes of West Asia, which still continues today: the conflict between the settled farmer and the wandering shepherd, where each considers the other to be bad, and believes that God is on his side.

This is the Simpsons’ version of the story of Cain and Abel. It’s a little on the gory side, so if you don’t want to see cartoon violence, don’t click here:

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By |2017-10-09T17:17:02+00:00August 23rd, 2017|Religion, West Asia|0 Comments
Cite this page: Carr, K.E. Cain and Abel – Bible Stories. Quatr.us Study Guides, August 23, 2017. Web. December 19, 2018.

About the Author:

Dr. Karen Carr is Associate Professor Emerita, Department of History, Portland State University. She holds a doctorate in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan. Follow her on Instagram, Pinterest, or Facebook, or buy her book, Vandals to Visigoths.

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