Cain went to the Land of Nod to get a wife?

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Cain went to the Land of Nod to get a wife?
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Wed, 04-17-2013 - 1:23pm

This is something I have always wondered about. My beliefs basically are that creationism is not the final truth, evolution is not the final truth - but there is some truth in both. Or maybe we were dropped here by aliens and are a failed scince experiment! LOL

But anyway... according to the bible:

Cain and Abel

1 Now the man had relations with his wife Eve, and she conceived and gave birth to Cain, and she said, “I have gotten a manchild with the help of the Lord.”

2 Again, she gave birth to his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of flocks, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.

[then they had a fight and Cain killed Abel...]

16 Then Cain went out from the presence of the Lord, and settled in the land of Nod, east of Eden.

17 Cain had relations with his wife and she conceived, and gave birth to Enoch; and he built a city, and called the name of the city Enoch, after the name of his son.

Source: biblia.com

So if there was only Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel - who were all these people in the Land of Nod?

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-17-2012
Wed, 04-17-2013 - 11:04pm

So if there was only Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel - who were all these people in the Land of Nod?

The Bible speaks of Adam having a very long life and many children, most unnamed, and they obviously had children and so on and so on.  The people in Nod were descendants of Adam and Eve.

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Thu, 04-18-2013 - 11:17am

That's the obvious answer - but the way the story is laid out, it isn't as obvious. Nothing mentioned between the birth of the two boys, the fight and off he goes to the Land of Nod.

So did he wait decades to marry? Did all of their brothers and sisters marry each other, produce generations of children, before he wandered off to find himself a wife?

While I can see what you are saying, it's an odd way to tell a story...

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-17-2012
Fri, 04-19-2013 - 1:06am

That's the obvious answer - but the way the story is laid out, it isn't as obvious. Nothing mentioned between the birth of the two boys, the fight and off he goes to the Land of Nod.

I'm sure many things happened that weren't mentioned.  Adam lives almost a thousand years and yet almost nothing of his life is detailed except a very few specific points that specifically contribute to the narrative.  It appears that most people in the Bible are equally "condensed."

So did he wait decades to marry? Did all of their brothers and sisters marry each other, produce generations of children, before he wandered off to find himself a wife?

The text doesn't actually say he went to Nod to FIND a wife, just that he traveled to Nod and KNEW his wife...had a child and built a "city."  Cain could very well have been married long before he went to Nod.

Also, after Cain slew Abel, he declared himself a "fugitive" and was afaid that "everyone" who found him would kill him.  If there weren't already a lot of other people around, who was Cain afraid of?

While I can see what you are saying, it's an odd way to tell a story...

I've never read the original text, or heard it in it's original context so it might be a perfectly normal way for people of that period to tell a story.

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-08-2009
Fri, 04-19-2013 - 7:42am

The Book of Genesis has two different Creation stories embedded in it. One had God creating many people simultaneously. Genesis 1:27 begins, "So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them, male and female he created them. God blessed them and God said to them, "Be fruitful and Multiply..." The Adam and Eve story departs from the seven day narrative, and directly contradicts the previous poem of creation, for it tells us that God made Sdam and Eve "when no plant of the field was yet in the earth, and no herb of the fields had yet sprung up." I am a believer, but if is hard for me to take the early stories as literal, because as beautiful as they are, they do not seem to me to be literal narratives; I read them as wisdom tales.

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-17-2012
Sat, 04-20-2013 - 5:22am

The Book of Genesis has two different Creation stories embedded in it...I am a believer, but if is hard for me to take the early stories as literal, because as beautiful as they are, they do not seem to me to be literal narratives; I read them as wisdom tales.

There is no contradiction, the Genesis is telling the same story from different perspectives.  Genesis says "Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food."...so clearly certain types of vegetation were offered AFTER the creation of man...and clearly God created the Garden in which he placed Adam and Eve.