August 21, 2009

Cain and Abel.. Where did they get their wives from??

Update: Apparently it's well-understood by anyone who goes to bible school that Cain & Abel did marry their cousins or sisters. (I interviewed many a staunch christian on this matter to get some answers)

As for the matter of incest - as they were the first humans, their bodies were supposedly quite pure and not chock-full of diseases like we are, hence no worries about double recessive genes causing disfigured children with terminal disorders.

I was going to do up a family tree starting from the First Family of Adam & Eve and their offspring Cain & Abel and so forth... You'll have to wait for it another day. It's here.

While re-reading Genesis 4, it hit me loud & clear:

Where did Cain & Abel get their wives from?

If Adam & Eve were the first humans on earth, and Cain & Abel were the first and only offspring of the first humans on earth... Where did the other humans come from?

Namely, the humans that Cain & Abel were taking to be their spouses?

This doesn't make sense.

My best guess is Adam & Eve had more offspring - female children this time. And married them off to their two sons.


How else to explain this then?

If this is true, then, I'm sorry to say this, but it means every single one of us is an inbred.

1 comment:

  1. I think you have it right. Whether you subscribe to a creationist or evolutionist view, all life is ultimately inbred, zebra, person or otherwise, since all species had a starting point. (which raises some interesting questions regarding evolution, since you need male and female of the species to produce offspring--we must assume that there was some kind of genetic "backward compatibility" which allowed the pre-zebra to mate with the zebra, as it would seem a long shot at best to hope that the first zebra male and the first zebra female evolved simultaneously, yet separately and within close proximity to one another. Plus, the bible seldom mentions daughters in the lineage, so the absence of female offspring isn't surprising. Of interest is to note the ages of offspring from Adam to Noah. Except for Methuselah, the ages exhibit a regular decline, which one would expect in a limited gene pool. And an anomaly like Methuselah, isn't surprising also. Similarly, when the gene pool is significantly limited again, with Noah and his family, the maximum human life becomes 125--again, a not unexpected result from a scientific standpoint, considering the amount of "inbreeding" up to that point. All of which might make one think the authors of the bible were extremely well versed in genetics. It's interesting, the more science uncovers, the more the bible gets right. For over 100 years science was certain the universe didn't have a beginning, then Hubble notices the red shift and confirms what a 4000 year old book has been saying all along.


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