We have named it Cain. She caught it while I was up country trapping…It resembles us in some ways…The difference in size warrants the conclusion that it is a different and new kind of animal–a fish, perhaps, though when I put it in the water to see, it sank, and she plunged in and snatched it out before there was opportunity for the experiment to determine the matter.
Mark Twain announced he translated Extracts from Adam’s Diary (1904) from Adam’s original hieroglyphics. The extracts are humorous but often deviate from Scripture. This month’s excerpts and commentary begin with Adam’s bewilderment at newborn Cain’s arrival.
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©William T. Pelletier, Ph.D.
“contending earnestly for the faith” (Jude 1:3)
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.” And again, she gave birth to his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of flocks, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. (Genesis 4:1-2)
When Adam had lived one hundred and thirty years, he became the father of a son in his own likeness, according to his image, and named him Seth. Then the days of Adam after he became the father of Seth were eight hundred years, and he had other sons and daughters. So all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years, and he died. (Genesis 5:3-5)
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