A sinful attitude would lead towards open defiance of God’s commands or lack of effort in giving God the best of one’s possessions. This kind of awareness of his own imperfection or woundedness on the part of Abel can help him develop a feeling of compassion for and reconciliation with Cain..
But Abel was curious in the choice of his offering: not the lame, nor the lean, nor the refuse, but the firstlings of the flock —the best he had, and the fat thereof —the best of those best.
In Christianity, comparisons are sometimes made between the death of Abel and that of Jesus. Cain represents the firstborn, sinful, worldly, privileged, a farmer, a city-builder and bad son. We don’t know why God had regard for Abel’s sacrifice but not for Cain’s. Cain offered fruit and grain, and Abel offered fresh meat from his flock. 11:4 ), Abel’s was a more excellent sacrifice than Cain’s: either (1.) Cain became very angry. The weakness is that there is no mention that this was a sin offering in the passage, and there were many thanksgiving sacrifices later in Leviticus which were grain, not blood, offerings. Cain was his brother's keeper.
He was "a sullen, self-willed, haughty, vindictive man; wanting the religious element in his character, and defiant even in his attitude towards God." They gradually degenerated in their moral and spiritual condition till they became wholly corrupt before God. Cain brought of the fruit of the ground, any thing that came next to hand, what he had not occasion for himself or what was not marketable.
Also, since there appears to be no suspicion on Abel’s part, this may imply that some time had elapsed between the two events.
The account continues with God apparently unable to find either Abel or his body, and then questioning Cain about Abel's location. What did he care for that? Doomed to be a wanderer and a fugitive in the earth, he went forth into the "land of Nod", i.e., the land of "exile", which is said to have been in the "east of Eden," and there he built a city, the first we read of, and called it after his son's name, Enoch.
South Arabian word qyn, meaning "metal smith. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Cain offered fruit and grain, and Abel offered fresh meat from his flock. In 1 John 3:12, his works are described as evil, and his (unnamed here) brother’s works as righteous. Genesis 4 presents a brief account of the brothers. While the Torah simply states that Cain killed Abel, the Midrash records the tradition that the two brothers fought, until Abel, who was the stronger of the two, overcame Cain, but mercifully spared his life. The word translated as "mark" could mean a sign, omen, warning, or remembrance. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast. If he changes, he will be able to control his anger and not sin.
Genesis 4:10) is compared to the greater sacrifice of Jesus’ blood at the Crucifixion.
There was a difference in the offerings they brought. In other words, this is not sudden rage, but premeditated, clear, and calculated murder. At the end of days, either at the end of the year, when they kept their feast of in-gathering or perhaps an annual fast in remembrance of the fall, or at the end of the days of the week, the seventh day, which was the sabbath)—at some set time, Cain and Abel brought to Adam, as the priest of the family, each of them an offering to the Lord. If one the other hand he does not, his anger will overcome him and he will commit a terrible crime. he second son of Adam and Eve. "The blood of sprinkling" is said to speak "better things than that of Abel" ( Hebrews 12:24 ); i.e., the blood of Jesus is the reality of which the blood of the offering made by Abel was only the type. Well-doing consisted not in the outward offering (. Cain was not wroth because his offering was rejected. Cain and Abel often represent different personality types or social positions.
Some scholars attribute the dualistic outlook of Augustine to his prior affiliation with Manichaeism with its cosmic dualism of good and evil. The first sin did not break, though it saddened, human love; the second kindled the flames of infernal hatred, and caused the first drops to flow of the torrents of blood which have soaked the earth. However in a response that has become a well-known saying, Cain denies that he has done anything wrong or even that he knows anything about it saying, "Am I my brother's keeper?".
The Midrash and Qur'an record that Abel's promised wife was the more beautiful, and hence Cain desired to rid himself of Abel, whose presence was inconvenient. There was a difference in the principle upon which they went. A kind of horrorstruck awe of the crime is audible. But when you go back and look through Scripture, the references are not so one sided. However, on hearing this, Dumuzi starts boasting about how great he is, and exhibits such strong charisma that Enkimdu tells Inanna to marry Dumuzi and then wanders away. This argument is seemingly bolstered by Hebrews 11:4, which called Abel’s sacrifice a “more excellent sacrifice” that could be referring to quality. Shepherd: "Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground," thus representing the two fundamental pursuits of civilized life, the two earliest subdivisions of the human race. Try downloading another browser like Chrome or Firefox. The word here translated "gotten" being qanithi in the original Hebrew, a word derived from qanah ("to get"), and hence a word-play on qayin, though there is no etymological relationship between these two words. Early Syriac Christianity interpreted the mark as a permanent change in skin color, namely that Cain was turned black. Much ingenuity has been spent on the question why Abel's offering was accepted and Cain's rejected. Thus one of the goals of God's providence is for Abel-type and Cain-type people to overcome their fallen nature and live together harmoniously, perfecting the balance of internal and external in each person's character and in the character of society. They were the sons of Adam and Eve and the murder a result of their Fall. Christian theology derived from St. Augustine sees a constant separation of Cain and Abel, the former destined for hell and the latter bound for heaven. There are several references to Abel in the New Testament. That rejection may have been what sparked the evil works, not the sacrifice itself. It states that Cain was a tiller of the land while his younger brother Abelwas a shepherd, and that one day they both offered sacrifice to God.