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Cain and Abel
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I. Old Testament – II. Art History

I. Old Testament

Cain and Abel, the children of the first human couple Adam and Eve, are the protagonists of one of the characteristic fraternal narratives of the book of Genesis (cf. Jacob and Esau). Their names are semantically associated with the pre- or non-priestly Paradise narrative of Gen 3*: While the meaning “transitoriness” may be discerned in the name Abel (הֶבֶל, Gen 4:2, 4, 8f., 25), the name Cain (קַיִן, Gen 4:1–25, Tubal-Cain Gen 4:22 [a description of m…

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Janowski, Bernd and Zchomelidse, Nino, “Cain and Abel”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 05 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_11183>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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