Where did Cains' wife come from?
Many scholars believe that the story of Cain and Abel is a myth. S. H. Hooke (Middle Eastern Mythology) shows a clear parallel between the biblical account and an older Middle Eastern myth in which Tammuz had to choose between the shepherd-god and the farmer-god. The stories of Cain and Abel are simply myths that are not meant to be understood literally or rationally, so one should not look for a rational explanation for Cain's wife.
- The Bible does not specify.
- Cain went into banishment in the land of Fugitiveness to the
east of Eden, taking with him his wife, an anonymous daughter of
Adam and Eve. (Ge 4:16,17; compare 5:4,(Ge 4:17-24) Cain's line
ended with the global Flood of Noah's day.
- One of Adam's sons was Cain, and one of Adam's daughters must have become Cain's wife. At that time in human history when humans still had outstanding physical health and vitality, as indicated by the length of their lives, the likelihood of passing on defects as a result of marrying a close relative was not great. After some 2,500 years of human history, however, when mankind's physical condition had greatly deteriorated, Jehovah gave to Israel laws forbidding incest.
- One of the scriptures cited that Adam became father to "sons and daughters."(Genesis 5:4). It is a common misconception that the Bible teaches that Adam and Eve only had two children, Cain and Abel. But the Bible also mentions by name a third son, Seth, and an untold number of other "sons and daughters." It is reasonable that Cain would have married one of his sisters or possibly a niece. Keep in mind that as we read the account in Genesis, it is not necessarily in chronological order, and a few verses sometimes cover decades or even hundreds of years. So some of Adam's daughters or granddaughters could easily have been old enough to marry Cain by the time he was banished.
- Further problems are sometimes cited in regard to the creation account because the text only indicates the existence of Adam and Eve, Cain, and Seth after the third chapter. Nonetheless, both Seth and Cain have children, even though Cain has been banished from the rest of the persons listed. Most theorists surmise that Eve's daughters simply were not mentioned by the author, or were only mentioned out of chronological sequence at Genesis 5:4. Others sometimes consider Lilith a solution.
- Cain married his sister, and did a number of people for generations to come. At this early state of humanity it was not a problem for close family relations to marry and have children, not only because there was no other option, literally, but also because the human race was new, and the bloodline was so pure, there was no worry like today that close relations having children would result in birth defects.
- Adam, Eve, Seth, Cain and Abel were the first few, but not the
only ones. Gen, 5:4 reads, "And the days of Adam after he had
begotten Seth were eight hundred years and and he begat sons and
daughters." Thus, within the context of the story, even though Cain
went into exile as a result of his crime, there is nothing to say
that other people did not follow him into the land of Nod so that
he could take a wife, or that he could have occasionally come back
for a visit, and taken a wife from among his sisters or nieces. It
is even possible to read the text as to allow that other children
had been born to Adam and Eve before the murder and thus Cain could
have taken his wife with him to Nod.
- Cain married one of his brothers daughters, her name is not given.
- He married his sister. This may seem perversive and immoral for
today's standards but back than it was permitted.
- All of the myths in Genesis were not written by a single person. They were written at different times by different people for different reasons. Around 500 BCE, the Book of Genesis as we now know it was assembled from these various sources--remember, these stories were not necessarily written down, but rather were a part of their oral tradition. The high priests and rabbis who did this put similar stories together for the sake of organization, and thus it is easy to read these stories as a cohesive narrative, which it is not. The creation story with Adam and Eve was written by a different person than the myth where Cain kills Abel. Thus, Genesis never offers an answer for how the world was populated (and therefore how Cain found a wife)--the story was never intended to literally explain creation, but was written to teach a lesson. In the creation story, the primary lessons are that God is good (because he creates a perfect world) but humans are disobedient (though not evil, and that is why the world is not perfect as God wants it to be). The moral of the Cain and Abel myth is that misdeeds do not go unnoticed by God (Abel's blood "cries out" to God), and denouncing excessive punishment (God decides on a punishment for Cain, then declares that if anyone should kill Cain, God will avenge Cain "sevenfold"). Claims that Adam lived to be 930 years old is a reflection of the ancient Hebrews trying to compete with other ancient Mideastern religions, which depicted heroes live for hundreds or thousands of years. These stories were not taken literally when originally told by the ancient Jews, and taking them literally often means that we overlook the important moral lessons that the stories teach. For more on this idea, see the first link below, listed under "Related Links."
- To begin to answer this you need to understand the difference
between "Jews" and "Gentiles". The first beings created in
God's image were Adam and Eve. They were also the first "Jews".
There were also other humans (anyone not a Jew) on the earth
(as proven through science as Evolutionary Theory). These other
humans were not created in God's image, were not given the special
attention that the "chosen people" were given, were not protected
like the Jews. It was a gentile woman that Cain took as a wife.
Fast forwind 2500 years and we find that in Jesus' time on earth
the gentiles were accepted into God's kingdom because even though
they were never given anything special by God they believed in
Jesus. Although incest was a part of early Jewish times Cain's wife
was not from this.
- Read Genesis 1:27. God made male and female on the sixth day (not just Adam and Eve). Cain did not commit incest. There was no reason to do so. He went to a place called Nod and took a wife. It is written .........Adam was created so the blood line could come down to the one who would bring Jesus into the world. All mankind knew God but they choose not to hear His words. That is why the flood happened. Only Noah and this family and other chosen humans were saved. Two of every flesh doesn't mean just animals. It means humans, too (from different races). It is written so that the earth could be populated again. This is the second earth age. The first age (I am saying this again) was flooded and all life not on the ark was destroyed because they would not hear the God who created them and kept the sin going and going without regard to the warning that was given them. Likewise today the warning has been going out: Jesus will return and He brings judgment this time. And this time it won't be water; it will be fire. That is also written. See Luke 12:49 and 2nd Peter 2:10-13.
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Sister or close relative.
The bible does not mention her name, but she was Cains sister.
He either married his sister or a close relative.
Answer He married his sister! this may seem perverse and immoral fortoday's standards but back than it was permitted. Additional Thoughts: Many feel that people were crea…ted perfect, and even after sinning,remained CLOSE to perfection for a time, each successive generationgetting weaker and weaker, so in Cain's day, the serious geneticproblems would not have existed as they do today. We're SO far fromperfection now, our DNA so damaged, that siblings marrying couldhave really negative physical and mental consequences for the baby. Cain marrying a sister, among the first people on earth, was anatural and necessary progression. In fact, the practice ofmarrying half sisters and cousins continued throughout the Biblefor some time, including Abraham and Sarah(Genesis 20:12),Jacob andRachel and others(Genesis 28:2 / Genesis 29:10-12/ Numbers 36:11).It wasn't until over 2000 years after Adam's creation, with theinstitution of the Law through Moses, that relations with CLOSErelatives were condemned as incest, though cousins were notincluded in this prohibition.(Leviticus 18:8-16).
The Bible doesn't tell us, but it does say that Adam and Eve haddaughters (Genesis ch.5), so we can assume that Cain married one ofhis sisters. He would have had to, since tha…t's all there wouldhave been at the time. The law of Moses later said not to marrysiblings, but that law was given much later than the time ofCain.
It is not recorded.
She was one of the many women who lived close to Mesopotamia around 3900-3800 B.C. According to some mythology he had a 2nd wife, who drive him out of evil ways and was th…e one who pointed out Lilith's betrayal of him, that was the complete opposite of Lilith, as in consideration she didn't lie to him and never hid her identity to him and didn't betray or use him for personal gain. The one responsible and main influence in releasing him from his curse, was the "other woman". In Lilith's shadow for many lifetimes, and briefly mentioned in mythology, he was once married to her. Similar to Lilith she is immortal as well, however extremely younger by many generations, hence being physically and less powerful. Unlike Lilith she is the supported by "people in higher places". Appearance wise instead of wings and sometimes serpent/owl features, she is of a different beast..
Cains wife was his very own sister.
Gen:5:4: And the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years: and he begat sons and daughters: Adam and Eve had many sons and daughters,but only three …are mentioned by name--Cain,Abel,and Seth.In short,Cain married his sister just as later Abraham married his half- sister, Sarah. Such practices were common in those days. Gen:20:2: And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister: and Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah. Gen:20:12: And yet indeed she is my sister; she is the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife. It was not forbidden until the time of Moses. Lev:18:9: The nakedness of thy sister, the daughter of thy father, or daughter of thy mother, whether she be born at home, or born abroad, even their nakedness thou shalt not uncover.
Yes (Genesis 4). He married his sister, since there was no otherchoice.
The mother of Cain's wife was simply his own mother. Cain most likely married his sister or a cousin. This was not forbiden by God until years later when the Law was establish…ed; and also when the gene-pool had undergone contamination.
Yes as the population was very very few he had no chice at all. Theological Answer Your question presupposes that the whole story of Genesis - especially the first few …chapters, is historically and literally true. Creationists today will maintain that it is, and that the whole of scripture is inerrant and cannot be questioned. It's interesting to note that the formation of the idea of Creationism as such was a backlash against the Enlightenment (where, I believe the pendulum swung too far) whilst in the past there was a much more pragmatic and sensible view of Genesis. In the original Hebrew Genesis is actually a poem, and an allegorical poem that speaks of God's love for humanity. Though absolutely true in its allegory, it was never intended to be a scientific treatise or explanation of Creation, nor were Adam and Eve within the story intended, except by hardliners, to be real people. For one thing Adam means 'mankind' and so refers to all of mankind rather than one, historical man. As an example, suppose someone in the distant future dug up C S Lewis's Narnia stories - especially the Lion, Witch and Wardrobe and declared them as historically accurate. Then the 'new Creationists' would have us believe in talking Lions, a kingdom called Narnia and a magic wardrobe. So we know the book to be fiction, but nevertheless the message is true: that the love of God in Christ (the Aslan figure) will triumph over sin and death (represented by the White Witch) whether or not Aslan is sacrificed for everyone's sins. In the book Aslan came back even more powerful; at the tomb Christ did the same. So there is much truth tied up in allegory. Therefore Genesis was never intened to be taken as factually true despite the underlying true allegorical message. If it was, there would not be so many inconsistencies and silly interpretations. Therefore, one can only ask where Cain got his wife from if you believe Genesis literally. Most Christians do not, however, as they have studied Genesis carefully and regard it as spiritually and allegorically true but historically not. There are some, mostly Creationists, and mostly in the USA, who claim that you can only be 'truly' Christian if you take the whole of scripture as inerrant and literal. This begs the question 'where is their God?' Is their God the God of supreme and all encompassing unconditional love of which Jesus spoke, or is their god scripture, that must never be questioned or interpreted in a sensible and systematic manner, and which can be used out of context to back up, perhaps prejudiced, beliefs.
In The Bible
Cains wife is his own sister, she is not named. Adam.... became father to sons and daughters.(Genesis 5:4)
In The Bible
Genesis 4 verse 17 says he took his wife and had a son Enoch. The name and origin of his wife is unknown; presumably she was either one of his sisters or possibly a niece.
In Religion & Spirituality
Adam and Eve. This was before incest was a sin. God did not forbid marrying ones close relatives until the time of Moses. This early on in history the gene pool was so diverse… that there was no harm in marrying siblings.
If the question is so important, then why don't you ask Herman Cain.
These two married their own sister as they had no choice.