And Cain was very incensed, and his face fell.
Kass April Once one gets right down to it, the difference between liberals and conservatives traces home to a disagreement about the basic source of human troubles.
Conservatives are inclined to blame human misery rather on causes lurking naturally within the souls of men—pride, vanity, jealousy, greed, and insatiable or unruly desires. Accordingly, conservatives are skeptical about human perfectibility and suspicious of utopian projects, not least because they would have to be conducted by imperfect fellow human beings, always dangerously unfit to remake the world; for conservatives, it is the priests, prophets, and lawgivers who are the truest benefactors of the race, helping to restrain vice and to encourage human self-command in the ceaseless struggle raging in the human soul between our better and worse natures.
Curiously, liberals and conservatives both find intellectual and moral support in the same traditional sources. The truth that the Bible says shall make us free is surely not the knowledge of the laws of Newton. What does the Bible actually teach about the source of human troubles?
The first exploration of this subject comes with the story of Cain and Abel. The story of Cain and Abel Genesis 4 is, in fact, not a separate tale but, rather, a continuation and conclusion of the story of the Garden of Eden. It completes the story of Adam and Eve begun in Genesis 2: This final episode of the primordial story features fundamental elements of human existence, psychic and social: Everyone knows that Cain committed fratricide.
But few people remember that he is also the first farmer, the initiator of sacrifices, and the founder of the first city, as well as the progenitor of a line of men that invented the arts—including music and metallurgy.
Why does the first family issue in fratricide? And what has fratricide to do with the city or with all these other—and usually celebrated—features of civilized life?
Is there, perhaps, something questionable, even destructive, at the heart of civilization? The text that prompts these questions does not simply answer them.
To pursue them we must submit to the careful work of exegesis and interpretation—setting aside, as much as we are able, our preexisting prejudices. The first word about life outside the Garden is not as harsh as we had been led to believe.
On the contrary, it celebrates the birth of a son, without report of the predicted pain or trouble to the woman, received joyously by his mother. Adam, having known his wife, recedes into the background; Eve, in her generational fullness, occupies center stage, to her great delight.
Boasting of her own creative powers, Eve compares herself as creator to God: Having been named Eve Chavah by her husband because she was to be the mother of all living chaishe now exults in her special creative powers.
She takes special delight in her firstborn. Cain Kayinrelated to kanithi, from a root kanah, meaning to possess; also perhaps related to koneh, meaning to form or shape or make or create. Cain, a formed being, a being created and possessed by his mother, will become a proud farmer, the sort of man who lays possessive claim to the earth and who is proud of his ability to bring forth—to create—fruit from the ground.
Cain, the firstborn, is sitting pretty. In contrast, the birth of Abel, the younger, is uncelebrated by his mother. Were we to know nothing more of the two brothers, we would still have enough with which to think about their relationship.
Even apart from differences in inborn nature or those resulting from parental favoritism or neglect, birth order alone sets the stage. The younger, regarded as underdog, elicits our sympathy.But now death has actually entered into the world.
And it enters into the world through a murder. and then a little bit later, with black people.
And the mark of Cain was skin color, or, in. Cain essaysCain, from the Bible, is the person who brought the evil of fratricide into the world.
He opened the gates for two very evil characters in Grendel of Grendel and King Claudius of Hamlet. Throughout their respective epic poem and play, these characters portray the utmost evil within our so.
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words. A Description of Cain From the Bible as the Person Who Brought the Evil of Fratricide into the World.
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Abel replied: " God, who brought us into the world, will avenge me. He will require my blood at thine hand, if thou shouldst slay me. God is the Judge, who will visit their wicked deeds upon the wicked, and their evil deeds upon the evil.
Cain, from the Bible, is the person who brought the evil of fratricide into the world. He opened the gates for two very evil characters in Grendel of Grendel and King Claudius of Hamlet.