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Celina Bebenek
by Peter Oliver
published on 13 September 2021
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The Family of Cain, ink painting by Peter Oliver, after the original image by Paolo Veronese, 1638–47.

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Cain and Abel were sons of the first humans Adam and Eve in the biblical Book of Genesis. Cain was a farmer, and Abel was a shepherd. They both made sacrifices to God, but God preferred Abel's sacrifice to Cain's. Driven by jealousy, Cain murdered Abel. He was exiled for his crime, but he built a city and fathered the line of descendants beginning with Enoch.

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Oliver, P. (2021, September 13). The Family of Cain. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

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Oliver, Peter. "The Family of Cain." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified September 13, 2021.

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Oliver, Peter. "The Family of Cain." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 13 Sep 2021. Web. 24 Jul 2024.