What really happened between Cain and Abel? A surprising discovery from the book of Enoch

You probably know Cain as the bad guy who (for no good reason) killed his nice and kind brother Abel in Genesis, in the world's first murder. Some of the unexplained problems of this account (such as why God accepted Abel's sacrifice but not Cain's, which is what pissed Cain off in the first place) are answered in the apocryphal book of Enoch. Interestingly, the Book of Enoch also suggest another motive as well: Adam was planning ...

God’s a bad parent: Cain, Abel and the First Murder

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Although Adam and Eve - and through them the entire human project - has not gone as planned, God continues to observe and interact with humans, hoping to establish a relationship with them. Adam and Eve have two sons, Cain and Abel. Abel was a shepherd and kept flocks, while Cain tilled the soil. When Cain and Abel brought offerings to God, Abel's was "looked on with favor". Cain's was not. Why? Nobody knows. Maybe God ...