Dec 21, 2014

Cain finds a wife


Cain Finds a Wife.
Why apologists invent where she came from. 

In the Old Testament book of Genesis, Cain was kicked out the only family in existence. It consisted of Adam and Eve (the parents) and Cain and Abel (the brothers). But God banned Cain after he killed his brother. He fled and got married in another land.
 
As for where she came from, apologists have made up answers--
(1) She was a daughter of Adam--after Cain left, Adam and Eve had daughters as the Bible says-
Genesis 5:3 When Adam had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own likeness, in his own image; and he named him Seth. 4 After Seth was born, Adam lived 800 years and had other sons and daughters. 

So when she grew up, she went away and married Cain. The Bible doesn't say this. Apologists say it. The irony is that Genesis could have mentioned her in one little sentence. But there isn't anything. 

(2) God created men and women elsewhere. Apologists locate the land of Cain's wife outside of Eden and Cain knew there were other men and women there as the Bible says--
Genesis 4:14 Today you are driving me from the land, and I will be hidden from your presence; I will be a restless wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me. 

So, on the sixth creative day, God made humans; and, besides Adam and Eve, God created others, too. The Bible doesn't tell us about God making humans besides the two. Only apologists tell us. 

(3) Lilith was Cain's wife. Apologists say that Lilith was the first wife of Adam. In Jewish myth, she left him for good after they didn't get along, and then she became a desert dweller and a she-demon. Jewish legend doesn't say that she married the outcast Cain. Apologists say it.  

(4) God created a female for Cain. After Cain's banishment, God created a woman for him in another land. Pretty good, huh? 

(5) Cain married her before he slew Able. He married a daughter of Adam before he murdered Abel. When he was banned, she accompanied him to another land. Why she chose to live with a murderer is another question; one would expect her to start over. But she's a made-up person, anyway; so the question isn't really important, anyway. 

Thus there's a hole where the Bible says--
Genesis 4:16 So Cain went out from the Lord’s presence and lived in the land of Nod, east of Eden. 17 Cain made love to his wife, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Enoch. 

Apologists invent ways to try and solve it. 

I can solve it, too: The anomaly is best explained by a screw-up in the story.