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What do anthropologists suggest about the biblical story of Cain and Abel?

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10/20/2011

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Anthropologists are not interested in the actual story of Cain and Abel nor its origins. They are interested in what the story says about the people who developed the story and who carried the story forward as part of their folklore.

As a philosopher, Leon R. Kass (The Beginning of Wisdom: Reading Genesis) says that the story of Cain and Abel contains many of the essential elements of human nature, a view that would be shared by some anthropologists.

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Anthropologist are deeply interestes in the origins of people therefore interested is the actual story. The "science of humanity," Anthropologists study human beings in aspects ranging from the biology and evolutionary (a major fault in all fields of science) history of Homo sapiens to the features of society and culture that decisively distinguish humans from other animal species. For the above question, Cain and Abel is a story of the first murder of a fellow human being - a brother - showing the emotions and consequences thereof.