Adam and Eve

The account of Adam and Eve is one of the world's best known creation stories. It also serves as the basis for three major world religions: Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. Typical questions by contributors include the story's relationship to other religious writings, parallels with other creation stories, impacts on world art and literature, and collaboration by science.

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Bible Statistics and History
Creation
Human Origins
Adam and Eve

When did people come onto earth?

The Bible states that it was about six thousand years ago that GOD made us and all! Only a couple of days after GOD made Earth, did GOD add us onto Earth!

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Protestantism
Old Testament
Adam and Eve

What were Satan's four tactics in tempting Eve?

The story of Adam and Eve never mentions the post-Exilic Satan, instead having a serpent tempt Eve.

The serpent was more cunning than any other animal in the Garden. First, he called into question God's right to decide which fruit they could eat (Genesis 3:1): "Has God indeed said that you shall not eat from every tree in the garden?"

The serpent told Eve that she would not die from eating the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. This impugned dishonesty in the motives of God, who had, in Eve's words, said that they would die if they ate of the tree.

Most importantly, the serpent told Eve that by eating of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, she and Adam would be like the gods, knowing both good and evil. According to Genesis, this was undoubtedly true, as once Adam and Eve had eaten of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, they were like gods (Genesis 3:22: "And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us..."), but had also become aware of their mortality. This exposed God's hidden meaning and motives, showing that he did not want Adam and Eve to achieve their full potential, of knowing good and evil. Finally it created a self-awareness and a longing for knowledge.

Eve was tempted, and ate the fruit.

Answer

Genesis Ch. 3. Quote:- v4 And the serpent said unto the woman,(1)Ye shall not surely die:

v5 (2) For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

These are the only words (Tactics) which Satan spoke to Eve. Thought I will agree that what has been said could be close to the truth.

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Adam and Eve

What did Satan say to Eve to make her sin?

The story of Adam and Eve never mentions the post-Exilic Satan, instead having a serpent tempt Eve. The serpent, or snake, is more a hangover from older animistic beliefs and was a common motif in ancient Near Eastern religions.

The serpent was more cunning than any other animal in the Garden. First, he called into question God's right to decide which fruit they could eat: "Has God indeed said that you shall not eat from every tree in the garden?"

The serpent told Eve that she would not die from eating the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. This impugned dishonesty in the motives of God, who had, in Eve's words, said that they would die if they ate of the tree.

Most importantly, the serpent told Eve that by eating of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, she and Adam would be like the gods, knowing both good and evil. According to Genesis, this was undoubtedly true, as once Adam and Eve had eaten of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, they were like gods (Genesis 3:22: "And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us..."), but had also become aware of their mortality. This exposed God's hidden meaning and motives, showing that he did not want Adam and Eve to achieve their full potential, of knowing good and evil. Finally it created a self-awareness and a longing for knowledge.

Eve was tempted, and ate the fruit.

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Old Testament
Adam and Eve

Why did Satan take the form of a snake?

The Bible says that the serpent was more subtle than any other beast of the field.

According to the American heritage desk dictionary, it says, so slight as to diffucult to detect, and not obvious, skilful, clever, sly, devious .

Another Answer:

Genesis 3 does not say that it was Satan, but in fact says that the Serpent was in the garden and said and did those things. It is only later interpretations based on later books of the bible that make the connection to Satan/Lucifer.

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Revelation 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent called the Devil and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world. He was cast out onto the earth and his angels were cast out with him.

All of the names are given here in verse 12

The Great Dragon

The Serpent

The Devil

Satan

Satan was never referred to as a snake he was referred to as a serpent, the word serpent as defined in Revelation 12 is Greek word 3789, pronounced of-is; the definition is thus: Through the idea of sharpness of vision, a snake figuratively as a type or sly cunning, and artful malicious person especially Satan.

You find him defined in Daniel 7:7 as the Dreadful Terrible and the little horn which points us toward Revelation 13:11, And I beheld another east coming up out of the earth and he had two horns like a lamb and he spake as as dragon.

In Revelation 9: He is defined in the Hebrew as Abaddon and the Greek as Apollyon

Abaddon is Strong's word 3 which is from Hebrew word 11, and it means a perishing or destruction. Apollyon is Strong's word 623 and it means a destroyer. Revelation 11:7 refers to him as the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit.

In 2 Thessalonians chapter 2 Satan is referred to as the son of perdition. Perdition is Strong's word 684 apolia its from 622 apollome , word 623 apollyon comes from the same as apollia.

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Islam
Adam and Eve

How did Allah create Hazrat Adam?

From the mud. That is why Adam do not have a father or mother.

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Old Testament
Adam and Eve

Why did Prophet Adam build the Kaaba?

He built the Kaaba to worship God.

He Built Kaaba it is true but there was an order by Allah in order to do this work.

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Noah's Ark
Adam and Eve
Moses

How many years between Moses and Jesus?

According to Sacred texts, Moses lived for one hundred and twenty years and the time period between him and Abraham was five hundred years, and the period between Moses and Jesus was one thousand and six hundred eighty years.

According to the Bible as we have it today, Moses died around 1400 BC. Jesus was born in either 4 or 5 BC. So the difference would be 1396 or 1395 years.

According to Deut. 34:7 "Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he died."

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Adam and Eve

Why is humanity punished for Eve's sin 6000 years ago although God is All-Forgiving?

Answer (Muslim view) Per Islam teachings:
  • Both Adam and Eve disobeyed God, and not only Eve.
  • Both Adam and Eve admitted their sin, repented, asked God for forgiveness. God accepted their repentance and forgave them (Quran Ch2 V.34-38)
  • No one of Adam and Eve's descendants will be punished by Adam and Eve's sin. Everyone will be judged only on their own beliefs, deeds, and conduct.
  • You are responsible for yourself in front of God the Creator on the Last Day of Judgment. No one, except God the Creator, can forgive you and accept you in His paradise per His mercy.
Answer (Christian view)
  • Think about it. The Bible does say, "...you and your offspring will be punished..." several different time throughout, besides, Eve wasn't the only one that sinned. Adam ate the fruit, too. And, think back a little ways. When was the last time you sinned?
  • Knowledge is not punishment. Maybe Eve didn't exist.
  • The story goes in the Bible that Eve was told not to eat the apple off the apple tree. She did as she was told not to by God, and she was punished. I don't believe that we are all punished because of Eve's indiscretion.
  • All religions are accepted and not one is right or wrong, for most of us believe in a Supreme Being.
  • God did not create the mess in the world such as starving children, diseases, etc., but man himself shall destroy each other and it's happening to this day. If Governments weren't corrupt or there were not some rich and greedy people living off the blood of others then all would be well with the world. We all have free choice and hopefully most of us (no matter what religion we are) will make better changes in this world by being kind, helping others and being a believer in whatever faith you prefer to make this a better world for all. Greed has gone back to the days of man's creation and I'm afraid it's here to stay.
Answer (Christian view)
  • we are not being punished at all. Christ came to offer freedom from the punishment that our own sins deserve, and therefore if we have accepted Him and let Him come into and change our lives, we will be freed from the ultimate punishment that awaits those who haven't.
  • Jesus (Yeshua) made a way for our sins to be forgiven and for us to be reconciled to God the Father. He became the atonement for our sins. He was without sin or selfishness because He was God in a human suit. Yeshua (Jesus) is the way God has provided for our sins and selfish nature to be forgiven and transformed.
  • In answer to "how can a loving God create Hell, Satan, polio, malaria? God didn't create Satan. Satan began as Lucifer, an angel, who wanted to BE God! Lucifer was then cast down to earth, becoming the Prince of the air, or the Prince of the world (temporarily). When Adam & Eve ate the apple, they brought sin and death into the world. They had been created by God to live forever! However, as a result of their disobedience, sin, death, illness, etc. were released into the world. It is Satan's work--don't blame God! He had only good in store for Adam & Eve. Yes, many people die of starvation, etc., ever since the world began. Keep in mind that Jesus is coming back, (soon), and when He does, he will throw Satan into the Lake of Fire, banishing death for all time! Finally, please open your Bible to John 3:16; "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
Answer (Christian view)
  • Where in the Bible does it say that God is all-forgiving? Adam and Eve were not forgiven.
  • According to the Biblical view of all of this, God is simply not all-forgiving. So also, even though Eve certainly ate first, Adam is actually given more blame because Eve was deceived but Adam made a willful and knowing choice to join in her sin. All this took place only about 6000 or so years ago, and even though mankind has inherited the propensity to follow the first humans we all also make many choices which indicate that if we had been in their position we would have done likewise.
  • God does not forgive you unless you ask to be forgiven and you can only do this with the price for the sin, called the blood of Christ that was shed for all sin.For Eve is not the only one who sinned. All mankind sins against God and deserves punishment. It was God's love and mercy that gave us a way out.
Answer (Christian view)God is always forgiving! He loves us so much that He created us and sent Jesus to die for our sins. God told Adam and Eve NOT to eat of the tree, but the evil one talked Eve into doing it. She and Adam disobeyed God and so they were punished. It is hard to imagine not doing what the Creator of the universe tells you to do. I suggest you read Genesis and you will see how forgiving God truly is.

Refer to the related questions below for more information.

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How did the serpent trick eve?

lie to her

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What were the names of Adam and Eve's grandsons?

There is only one person that is written in the Bible and that is Enosh

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Judaism
Tanakh and Talmud
Adam and Eve

What did God tell Adam?

Go forth and multiply (Genesis ch.1). Live!

Answer:

God also said Do not eat of the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the Garden (Genesis ch.2).

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Quran (Koran)
Adam and Eve

What does the holy Karon say about Adam and Eve?

God created Adam out of sand but not on his image because no one saw god yet, we all agree upon the fact that when god appeard to the mountain due to moses demand to see him , it was destroyed .my question is , if the bible mentions the creation took place thousand years ago(between six and ten) then how does the bible explain discovering the remains of human beings lived several million years ago.please do not rely on Darwin theory that the origin of mankind came from apeman because it was prouved to be false .if you have no answer from the bible to my enquiery then open the holy coran ( the vache verse 29 )

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Adam and Eve

Where do black people come from if Adam and Eve were white?

First of all, Adam and Eve came from the Bible. Before the Bible was written (which dates back to events of not much more than 2000 years ago) people were drawing pictures on caves of up to 30 000 years ago, creating stone tools, etc. The Homo genus evolved over 500 000 years ago, from a common ancestor to the ape and this was discovered because anthropologists dug up fossils that demonstrate this fact. This means that through verifyable dating analysis, this fossil was sitting there for 500 000 years. God did not put that fossil there. This is something that just happens, as all organic things must die.. By the way this happened in what is now called Africa. It was shortly after this that humans migrated, traveling up through europe and across ice bridges into North America. There were other hominid species like Homo neanderthalis, which coexisted with human for a while, but later became extinct. Whether there relationship was symbiotic or conflicting is another debate altogether.

AnswerGod formed Adam and Eve from the dust of the earth which is brown,if you research you will see that the garden of Eden is located in Africa. Adam and Eve were black. The different races came about after the flood when Noah's sons and their wives traveled and settled in different places with different climates. Over time people began adapting to their environments thus the change of skin color and face structure. Also, there are plenty other races in the world besides black and white. Because many whites felt superior, many artists would depict Jesus and Adam and Eve to look European. This is why many people believe they were white. Jesus was Jewish, the original Jews were olive skinned with dark curly hair, some straight. American Jews have been mixed with whites. Africans are original blacks, whereas African Americans have been mixed with other races, just like jews. Over time many races have blended together esspecially in America "the melting pot".
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Adam and Eve

What is the laqab of hazrat Noah and hazrat Adam?

The laqab of hazrat Adam (A.S) is Safi Ullah, but need to check for the hazrat Noah (A.S). . . .

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Why would Melchizedek still be alive and could he be older than Adam and Eve and where can we meet with him today?

The biblical Melchizedek was a priest of El Elyon who was sought out by Abraham (Gen. 14:18-20). That is, Melchizedek was already a believer in El Elyon when Abraham came to him. El Elyon was the God of Abraham.

In the Melchizedek scroll found in Cave 11 at Qumran by the Dead Sea (11QMelchizedek), Melchizedek was viewed as a human who has become one of the gods in the council of El Elyon (Psalm 82). In the author's citation of Isaiah 61:2 the name Melchizedek appears to have been substituted for the name of Yahweh (God). In addition, Melchizedek is seen as atoning for the sins of the righteous and executing judgement upon the wicked, actions which are otherwise uniquely associated with God or the mission of Jesus Christ.

Based on this fringe Jewish belief, Melchizedek could be still alive today because he is one of the gods although, having once been human, he is not as old as Adam and Eve. He can be met in heaven.

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Who did Cain marry in order to have children?

It is mentioned in the bible in genesis, but the name is not at all given.

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Old Testament
Adam and Eve

Did Cain kill Abel over a woman?

Cain was "jealous" of Abel, because... in effect... "God liked Abel best."

Not really... but, rather, God: "...looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering He did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast." (Gen.4:4-5 NIV)

With the sin of their parents, Adam and Eve... it's evident from the account that God instituted the sacrificial laws immediately upon the children of men.

"Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an OFFERING TO THE LORD. But Abel brought FAT PORTIONS FROM SOME OF THE FIRSTBORN OF HIS FLOCK." (Gen.4:2-4)

Among the sacrificial laws, there are both "BLOOD" and "GRAIN" offerings to the Lord, whereby one's atonement is sought for the forgiveness of one's sins.

It's evident from scripture that: "...the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness." (Heb.9:22)

So it was in the beginning and so it was also when the Israelites entered into covenant relationship with the Lord.

By sheer virtue of Abel's "blood sacrifice" offerings [where, by law, there is forgiveness], God looked upon his "offerings" with greater respect than "farmer" Cain's "grain offerings."

And Cain became jealous... and eventually enraged with his brother over the favor he held in the eyes of the Lord. No woman is mentioned as the cause of the world's first murder case.

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How old was Adam when he died?

930 years (Genesis ch.5).

See also:

Lifespans of the ancients

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Who was Cains first born child?

Enoch. Genesis ch4 v17

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Creation
Adam and Eve

How long was Adam alone before God created Eve?

One day

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Noah's Ark
Adam and Eve

How many years between Adam and Noah?

There were 950 years between the birth of Adam and the birth of Noah. (Noah was born 20 years after Adam died).Adam was not BORN he was CREATED (Genesis 1:27)

Adam-Seth 130 years

Seth-Enosh 105 Years

Enosh-Kenan 90 Years

Kenan-Mahalalel 70 Years

Mahalalel-Jared 65 Years

Jared-Enoch 162 Years

Enoch-Methuselah 65 Years

Methuselah-Lamech 187 Years

Lamech-Noah 182 Years

That's 1056 years between the creation of Adam and the birth of Noah. So Noah actually was born 126 years after Adam died

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Adam and Eve

What did God take away from Adam and Eve for sinning?

The biblical story of Adam and Even is widely misunderstood to represent God as punishing Adam and Eve for eating the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, by taking away the Garden of Eden, when the story actually tells us that their banishment from the Garden was out of sheer necessity.

In this story, there were two trees, the fruit of which Adam was forbidden to eat - the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, and the Tree of Life. Adam and Eve, in their innocent state, were unaware that they must die one day, so eating of the Tree of Life was of no interest to them. They ate of the Tree of Knowledge and learnt to understand good and evil, including that they would one day die.

After they had eaten of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil they became like gods (Genesis 3:22: "And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us..."), except that they were still mortal. By eating of the Tree of Life, they would then also be immortal. To make sure that this did not happen, Adam and Eve had to be kept away from the Tree of Life. In Genesis 3:24, God drove out the man and placed at the entrance of the Garden of Eden, cherubim and a flaming sword to keep [block] the way of the Tree of Life.

When the story is read carefully, this was not a punishment for sinning, but to ensure that Adam and Eve did not eat the other fruit and become immortal like the gods.

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Hebrew to English
Adam and Eve

What does Adam mean in Hebrew?

Adam (אדם) means human being or person.

Adam is also related to the words "red" and "earth."

'Adama' (אדמה) is earth

'adom' (אדום) is red

Adam (אדם) literally means man.

They're all spelled similarly in Hebrew but have different pronunciations.

(Ad´am) [Earthling Man; Mankind; Humankind; from a root meaning "red"].

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Were Adam and Eve Banished or exiled?

A: Leon R. Kass (The Beginning of Wisdom: Reading Genesis) says that in the story of Adam and Eve, their banishment (or exile) was not really a punishment, but happened as a matter of necessity.

In the Book of Genesis, there were two forbidden trees in the Garden of Eden, the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, and the Tree of Life. Once Adam and Eve had eaten the fruit (the "apple") of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, they were they were now like gods (Genesis 3:22: "And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us..."), but had also become aware of their mortality.

The only difference between them and God (or the gods) was that they must die. By eating of the Tree of Life, they would then also be immortal. In Genesis 3:24, God drove out the man and placed at the entrance to the Garden of Eden, cherubim and a flaming sword to keep [block] the way of the Tree of Life. In the Genesis story, Adam and Eve were sent from the Garden and could not be allowed back for fear they would eat of the second tree.

Answer:

This depends on how one defines the terms. Generally banishment is of a more permanent nature and exile implies the possibility of return at some future time.

Since Eden itself no longer exists on the earth from the time of the destruction of Noah's flood, there certainly is no possibility of return to any such place, nor was there in Adam and Eve's own day. The clear meaning of the scripture was that their expulsion from Eden due to sin was a permanent thing due to the serious nature of their offence. God was never going to change His mind and allow them to return from exile - although He certainly promised a future return to a restored relationship with Himself through the promise of a redeemer who would ''bruise the serpent's head'' viz. Jesus Christ.

Additional Comments:

You may not be aware of this, but Christianity is very shortly going to be very upset...literally Information has came out that pretty much disproves the notion that Adam and Eve were the progenitors of the human race. It is known for a fact now that the race of Homo-sapiens did not come from just 2 people.

No Adam and Eve=no garden of Eden=no original sin=no first murder= no need for a Christ to absolve original sin. Lots of changes coming up my friends. It will take years for the theologians to sort this out.

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Adam and Eve

If Adam and Eve had two sons but no daughters how did the world get populated?

The Bible is clear. The Bible states in very plain and simple language at Genesis 5:4 that "...he (Adam) became father to sons and daughters." Notice the plural "sons" and "daughters." These 'sons and daughters' would be Adam's offspring, not Seth's. Seth's offspring are mentioned in verse 7, which says "Seth lived after he begat Enos eight hundred and seven years, and begat sons and daughters." Since Adam lived for 930 years, he reasonably could have fathered many, many children. His sons, including Cain, would have married their sisters, or nieces. This would sound repulsive to us today, but consider the circumstances back then. It would have been proper at that time, since the Earth's population was relatively sparse, and the human race was to be proliferated according to God's purpose. It was only later that God made the restriction not to marry one's own sister or brother.

Genesis 5:4 The days of Adam after he fathered Seth were 800 years; and he had other sons and daughters.

As you can clearly read, the Word tells us that Adam and Eve had daughters also.

Adam didn't just have two sons, he had quite a few children. Adam's sons and daughters married each other. It seems strange to us now, but back in the day that's how they did it.

"Male and female He created them" and "be fruitful and multiply, fill the earth and subdue it" is what Genesis records before the account of both Adam and Eve being brought from the earth. Evidenced by this, we can now say the eternal God created every known living human spirit from His power, which He did, and each spirit was not born from the earth yet (but all spirits that would live, male and female, were already destined to be born on earth). Creation was complete the seventh day, and here we are still reproducing; God completed all His work and blessed the seventh day, even made it holy and commanded us to rest on this day.

There is no evidence that before the fall Adam and Eve did not have children. God commanded them to "be fruitful and multiply" so we can assume that they joyfully obeyed. We don't know how long a time was between their creation and the fall. Because sin and death were not a part of the world at that time, they could have been around for a long time, multiplying and populating the earth. Then the fall happened: this would also help explain the references to cities of people a few chapters later.

God is amazing therefore he can do anything. If he has the power to create human beings why not the power to create multiple baby's in the mother's womb. Therefore, since Adam and Eve had their children, Adam's and Eve's children could create more and more children which with the help and love of God will repopulate the earth.

When God banned Cain from Paradise he gave him a mark so that no one would kill him. This implies: a. that there were other humans outside of Paradise and b. The other humans outside of Paradise have knowledge of what Cain did to his brother Abel. It is not necessary for all of God's actions to be documented in the Bible. He could have made many more men who he did not put in Paradise The Bible tells us what God wants us to know. It in no way limits his actions.

God created Earth as a temporary abode for Humans until their time on this world was done. Skipping forward, in the Islamic stories God sent down a Woman from Paradise, a Hoori, for Abel, and a Jinn in the shape of a Woman for Kabul and believe it or not, that's how they had children.

And then they married Cousins and then second cousins and third cousins which were Halal ( Allowed ) to them until there were enough people where you couldn't tell your Cousins from a random stranger.

It's useful to remember that the stories of the old testament are steeped in the Jewish belief that they are the 'chosen' people. The idea that God made Adam and Eve in his own image and gave them a special place in the Garden of Eden does not preclude the idea that God made other humans who were not so favored. Seen this way, Adam and Eve were given favored treatment but broke the rules, and so they were tossed out into the wider world to make their way among the unchosen peoples.

According to the 32 rules of Rabbi Eliezer: The particles "et", "gam", and "af", which are superfluous indicate that something which is not explicitly stated must be regarded as included in the passage under consideration, or that some teaching is implied thereby. This rule is used by Rashi to derive that Cain had a twin sister and Abel has two twin sisters (triplets). The Bible does not mention everyone who ever lived by name. It does mention the destiny of all who live.

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