In addition to our regular blog postings, I also give online lesson to help you gain fresh insights. This is an example of such a Study Session Recording discussing the first part of the story of Cain and Abel, the meaning of a name and the birth of Cain.
In the following few posts, we will delve into the story of Cain and Abel and into the meaning of a name (Gen 4).
It is among the most familiar stories of the Bible: God prefers Abel’s offerings over Cain’s. In his jealous rage, Cain murders Abel. God punishes him, making him an eternal nomad, yet providing him with a mark to stop people from killing him.
But as we delve into the Hebrew language, we will see that this is merely a simplified interpretation of the story, one of many. But before we start with the plot, let’s look at the first verse. This is the perfect place to contemplate the meaning of a name (Gen 4:1).
Also, I invite you to watch our Lesson video covering the first part of the Story of Cain and Abel.
וְהָאָדָם, יָדַע אֶת-חַוָּה אִשְׁתּוֹ
And the man
Knew – this word in the Bible can have one of two meanings: first it can be the same ‘know’ as we use today, to get acquainted with. The second is to have sex with. As in the second part of this verse we learn that the woman got pregnant and gave birth, it is safe to assume that the latter is the case here.
The ways of reading the Bible are as plenty as the number of religions, sub-religions, cults, and philosophies. While some believe it is a holy book handed down by God, others see it as a masterful compilation that encompasses human morals, philosophy, and code of behaviour. Historians and archaeologist are using it to learn about the past; for others it is a book of spiritual guidance, regardless of religion.
My name is Ran. And I subscribe to the latter.
I was born and raised in Jerusalem, where the Bible is the beacon of truth for numerous groups.