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Were Cain and Abel twins?


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Answered 2012-08-19 14:59:05

This question has several opinions both alleging and denying that Cain and Abel were twins. The answers have been separated to put the Denials first and the Affirmations second.

Cain And Abel Were Not Twins Answers

Answer 1

The Bible does not conclusively answer this question, but often a birth is recorded without the antecedent declaration that *** knew his wife. Therefore, I would not think there is any reason to believe they were twins.

Answer 2

The Bible does not answer this conclusively, but the implication is that Cain was older.

Answer 3

No, Abel was the 2nd born son after Cain was already born:

Genesis 4:2King James Version (KJV)

2 And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.

The first set of fraternal twins mentioned were Jacob and Esau.

Cain and Abel Were Twins Answers

Answer 1

I believe they were twins...one account says Adam knew his wife and she conceived and bore Cain...then she bore again and gave birth to Abel. She bore (labored, pushed) again and gave birth. If you know twins ask them which one is older and I bet they will tell you which was born first. Even if they were delivered by Cesarean section, one was born before the other, thus being called the older of the two.

Answer 2

Yes Cain & Abel were twins. In Gen 3:16 God said unto the woman, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and CONCEPTION. Gen 4:2 And she again bare his brother Abel. (The Hebrew word yashab can mean either again or to continue.) Eve continued on in labor from the previous verse 4:1 where Cain was born and gave birth to her 2nd son, Abel in 4:2. God said he was going to multiply her conception and he did. Further proof: Cain & Abel both reached the age that they were expected to make an offering to God at the same time. Not 5 years apart or even a year later they both made their offerings at the same time, because they were twins.

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