The wife and other problems about Cain

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Forty years ago or so I would drop in every few weeks on a men’s Sunday School class. It seemed to me like the continuing discussion in that class was the problem of where Cain got his wife. They probably had a broader agenda than that. But one member of the class kept bringing up the Cain problem. So they discussed it frequently.

In a way it is an important question because it shows that a literal reading of the first few chapters of Genesis does not work. If you try to take the text literally, the problem is that Eve was the mother of all people (Genesis 3:20). So there shouldn’t have been any other people or families. You could say that Cain’s wife was an otherwise unmentioned sister.

However, there are other problems. Why was Cain afraid of other people (Genesis 4:14) if there…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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