Wednesday, 25 August 2010

WHO WAS CAIN'S WIFE?


It was one hot afternoon and i engaged in a religious conversation with my non-christian superior about religion,he argued Christianity and bible is a westernized form of brain washing adopted all over the world,imposed by the colonialist aimed at duping the peoples of this earth into believing what is non existent,i was doing fairly well arguing my case until when he delivered the bombshell! he asked me to get him a bible,i pulled out my pocket friendly Gideon's International bible and dared me to open the book of Genesis,but i told him it was only a New Testament,then he asked me to explain to him where Cain got his wife from yet he was the only child of Adam and Eve left after he had murdered his brother Abel,before i could open my mouth to speak,deep within me i knew i had been floored and i quit arguing with him,this prompted me to do research on this troubling subject.Who was Cain's wife?

      Then Cain went out from the presence of the LORD and dwelt in the land of Nod on the east of Eden..  And Cain knew his wife, and she conceived and bore Enoch-Genesis 4:16-17 (NKJV) 

Adam and Eve were the only humans created by God; Adam was made from the earth (Genesis 2:7), Eve came from a part of Adam (Genesis 2:21-22). Adam and Eve first had two sons, Cain and Abel (Genesis 4:1-2). Cain killed Abel (Genesis 4:8),was banished to the land east of Eden where he started a family with his wife. 

The Bible does not come out clean on who was Cain’s wife,however it is argued that Cain's wife was probably his sister or niece,(troubling here because he had no brother then). The Bible does not mention the age of Cain when he murdered Abel (Genesis 4:8). Since they cultivated and kept animals respectively, they were likely both full-grown adults, possibly with families,or defendants. 

there is no enough proof on the number of children Adam and Eve had apart from Cain and Abel after Abel's death,but they definitely had many more children later (Genesis 5:4). after Cain murdered his sibling Abel he became terrified and he was afraid he would be killed.(Genesis 4:14)this therefore indicates that there were likely many other children and perhaps even grandchildren of Adam and Eve already living at that time. Cain's wife (Genesis 4:17) was a daughter or granddaughter of Adam and Eve.


Since Adam and Eve were the first (and only) human beings, their children would have no other choice than to intermarry. God did not forbid inter-family marriage until much later when there were enough people to make intermarriage unnecessary (Leviticus 18:6-18). 


The third son of Adam and Eve,Seth was born  after Abel was murdered and Cain banished,After Seth was born, Adam lived another 800 years,bringing forth more sons and daughters. This truly shows that there was Cain, Abel, Seth, and THEN other daughters and sons. Thus the explanation that Cain's wife was his sister cannot be correct, because females did not enter the population until after Seth, and by that time, Cain was already banished.

Ideally and according to Scripture,God planted a Garden in Eden,The entire earth was a mass of land and Eden was only a portion of land,therefore that means that the rest of the earth was probably a desert and wilderness,and the Australopithecus, Homo-Erectus, Neanderthal man, and Cro-Magnon man,(these are scientific names) who roamed the wilderness outside of Eden.
These creatures it is said were very tall, broad-faced, had retreating foreheads (indicating a small brain - unlike humans today) with massive brow ridges, and their bodies were covered in very course dense hair.(read Oaks in The Lord of Rings movies)possibly Cain was fearful of these other people out there who he thought would kill him.to cement this theory you realize God marked him(CAIN) as the "first murderer?" and the question that pops up is how did Cain know they would kill him? Because this type of very violent behavior was typical throughout the species of Australopithecus, Homo-Erectus, Neanderthal man, and Cro-Magnon man.
So this is where Cain got his wife from. She was one of these very primitive "creatures" roaming the wilderness. 
I do hope i will make more and more research on this subject though it has proved to be a topic that has eluded human wisdom and understanding,many biblical scholars are still wondering how to interpret the section of this scripture.