Sunday, November 24, 2013

Awan - The Wife of Cain

From Biblical Archaeology:
While there are many examples of strong and inspiring men and women in Genesis, the book is also packed with stories of dysfunctional families, which is evidenced from the very beginning with the first family—Adam, Eve and their two children, Cain and Abel. In no short amount of time—just 16 verses after announcing the birth of Cain and Abel in Genesis 4—Cain has murdered his younger brother and is consequently exiled from the land.
Given that the wife of Cain is only mentioned once in the Old Testament, she would not be counted among the famous women in Genesis. Nevertheless, her identity is still worth investigating. Who did Cain marry? Mary Joan Winn Leith first explores the traditional Jewish and Christian answers that contend that the wife of Cain was another daughter of Adam and Eve. According to this reasoning, Cain would have married his sister—one of Abel’s twin sisters no less, according to the Genesis Rabbah.

Wikipedia goes further and names the sister:
The Targumim, rabbinic sources, and later speculations supplemented background details for the daughters of Adam and Eve. Such exegesis of Genesis 4 introduced Cain's wife as being his sister, a concept that has been accepted for at least 1800 years. This can be seen with Jubilees 4 which narrates that Cain settled down and married his sister Awan, who bore his first son, the first Enoch, approximately 196 years after the creation of Adam. Cain then establishes the first city, naming it after his son, builds a house, and lives there until it collapses on him, killing him in the same year that Adam dies.

From The Book of Jubilees, Chapter 4 at Sacred Texts:
And Cain took ’Âwân his sister to be his wife and she bare him Enoch at the close of the fourth jubilee. And in the first year of the first week of the fifth jubilee, houses were built on the earth, and Cain built a city, and called its name after the name of his son Enoch.

An interesting love triangle theory from Diabolical Confusions:
According to some Hebrew and Islamic scholars, the reason Cain’s heart was not righteous was because of a woman: their sister, Awan. It is believed that Awan was intended for Abel, but Cain fell in love with her. This can be seen in the Book of Jubilees. Adam & Eve had nine (9) children. And this is where the story takes an interesting turn. Genesis, by the way, has no problems with incest, specifically brothers an sisters marrying. That is because there is no other option at this point. So, from this point of view, God has favored Abel in both marriage AND sacrifice.

From Folklore & Mythology Electronic Texts: various versions of the story of Cain & Abel


Davon Massop said...

who is Awan????? did she love Cain 1st? and why do you believe Cain & Adom died in the same year? do you believe their fates were entwined purposely? - for the groove of human existence?

alice hatterz said...

i think cain and Azura has a better ring to it lol . so ill just ship them instead.

Daughter of Eve said...

As a Jew, I know of no such "tradition" in our teaching. Adam, spelled with a final mem, is plural. It is Jewish teaching that many men (adam-being Jewish for mankind) and woman were created but Adam, the man who was Eve's husband, was chosen. Cain married a woman who was not his sister but a member of another family. As well, Eve was specifically created for Adam as there were other woman but none suitable for him as far as righteousness was concerned.

Renato Gozo Galia Jr. said...

I believe that Cain's wife was his own sister. The only problem i see in the book of Genesis particularly the story of Cain having known a wife is the "SEQUENCE OF EVENTS." The story of Cain marrying a woman should have been written after which Adam and Eve bore female children. The problem here is that the author had already written the story about Cain marrying a female when in fact there was no other woman during that particular period of time but Eve. And the story was written even before Adam and Eve bore another child in the person of Seth and we all know that Seth is a boy. Do you see my point? Adam and Eve - Cain and Abel - Cain married a woman - Adam and Eve bore Seth - So how do you explain that? If i were to rewrite the book of Genesis it should be this way: Adam and Eve - Cain and Abel - Adam and Eve bore Seth - Adam and Eve bore female children - Cain married a woman. If it were written that way there would have been no problem.

Mary Johnson said...

Cain could have married a fallen angel.Since in Genesis 6 said the sons of God married the human women .just a thought

Zebbie Penny said...

I agree that Cain might have married and fallen angel. Because there were no other people around. I I

Karen Brown said...

But fallen angels are men. All angels are men. What about the daughters of men that the fallen angels were with?