Sunday, May 25, 2014

Were Cain and Abel twins?

Genesis 4:1-2 is the passage I will be referring to in this post. The Hebrew word used for again (yasaph) is an adverb meaning to continue to do a thing. Yasaph implies that Eve gave birth to Cain and continued to do the same thing by giving birth to Abel.

A direct translation of the original Hebrew text would read like this:

And the man knew Eve his wife. And she conceived and bore Cain, and said, I have gotten a man of YHWH. And she continued (yasaph) to bear his brother Abel.

What are your thoughts? I'd love to hear them so please share your thoughts and ideas below in the comments.

1 comment:

  1. I have heard this before mainly from Ken I think. There are several translations that seem to lean towards this idea. There is no way to tell really, we can try and glean what we can from the Hebrew I just dont think we have enough evidence to show they were twins. But really that would explain so much about sibling rivalry. lol