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Friday, March 23 2018

What Proof Is There That Cain And Abel Were Twins?

"Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD. And she again bare his brother Abel"

It was customary in the Holy Scriptures to record a single conception for the subsequent birth any particular individual - or individuals.

An example of the recorded conception and birth of an individual - from Leah and her individually-born sons (see also The Mothers Of The Patriarchs: Leah):

Cain and Abel

"29:32 And Leah conceived, and bare a son, and she called his name Reuben: for she said, Surely the LORD hath looked upon my affliction; now therefore my husband will love me.

29:33 And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Because the LORD hath heard that I was hated, he hath therefore given me this son also: and she called his name Simeon.

29:34 And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Now this time will my husband be joined unto me, because I have born him three sons: therefore was his name called Levi.

29:35 And she conceived again, and bare a son: and she said, Now will I praise the LORD: therefore she called his name Judah; and left bearing." (Genesis 29:32-35 KJV)

In the case of twins, a single conception was stated for the multiple births, whether identical or fraternal twins i.e. the "conception" referred moreover to a single pregnancy. An example from Rebekah and her twin sons Jacob and Esau (see also The Marriage of Isaac and Rebekah):

"25:21 And Isaac intreated the LORD for his wife, because she was barren: and the LORD was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived. 25:22 And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to enquire of the LORD.

25:23 And the LORD said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.

25:24 And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb. 25:25 And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment; and they called his name Esau. 25:26 And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau's heel; and his name was called Jacob: and Isaac was threescore years old when she bare them." (Genesis 25:21-26 KJV)

What about the birth of the first children? Were Cain and Abel born from individual conceptions - or the same, single conception? Answer: the same conception from which they were born. According to the customary manner of recording births in the Holy Scriptures, Cain and Abel were twins (see also Cain and Abel).

"4:1 And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD. 4:2 And she again bare his brother Abel." (Genesis 4:1-2 KJV)

Fact Finder: Why did Adam call his wife "Woman" before he called her "Eve"?
See Adam's First Names

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This Day In History, March 23

1324: German emperor Louis IV was excommunicated by Pope John XXII (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation and Emperors and Popes).

1400: The Tran Dynasty of Vietnam was deposed after 175 years of rule.


1534: Pope Clement declared that the marriage of King Henry VIII of England and Catherine of Aragon (the Spanish-born daughter of the Roman Catholic monarchs King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain - the employers of Christopher Columbus and the founders of the Spanish Inquisition, including the torture of non-Catholics with "waterboarding"; see the location of Aragon in the map below) was still in effect. The marriage was ended in Britain the year before, and Henry had then married Anne Boleyn. To accommodate his repeated marriages and divorces, Henry eventually created the Church of England with himself as the head.

Catherine and Anne


1540: The Waltham Abbey was surrendered to King Henry VIII of England. It was the last Church of Rome religious community to be shut during the Dissolution of the Monasteries.

1568: The Peace of Longjumeau was signed, ending the second phase of the French Wars of Religion.

1657: France and England formed an alliance against Spain.

1801: Russian Czar Paul I was assassinated.

1808: Napoleon Bonaparte's brother Joseph took the throne of Spain.

1821: The Battle and fall of the city of Kalamata during the Greek War of Independence.

1849: After the Austrians had been victorious at Novara, Charles Albert of Sardinia abdicated in favor of Victor Emmanuel II.

1877: John Doyle Lee, a Mormon fanatic, was executed by firing squad for masterminding the 1857 Mountain Meadows Massacre in which 127 Arkansas Methodists bound for California were killed by Mormon settlers and Paiute Indians.

1879: The Battle of Topater, the first battle of the War of the Pacific between Chile and the allied forces of Bolivia and Peru.

1918: During the First World War (1914-1918; see also The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars), the immense German artillery gun, "Big Bertha," shelled Paris from a distance of 120 kilometers / 75 miles.

1919: Italian Conservative dictator Benito Mussolini founded his Fascist Party (see Is Iniquity Liberal Or Conservative?).


1925: Tennessee banned the teaching of evolution in public schools in the state. Teacher John Scopes ignored the ban and was later tried in what became known as "The Scopes Monkey Trial" (see Rescuing Charles Darwin From The Atheists).

1933: The German Reichstag (Parliament) passed an "enabling law" that gave Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party the sweeping dictatorial powers (e.g. to make murder "legal" for Hitler to commit) they had been seeking (see The Terrorist Attack That Enabled Hitler To Become A Dictator and Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion; also Is Iniquity Liberal Or Conservative?).

1956: Pakistan became the first official Islamic republic in the world.

1966: Archbishop of Canterbury Arthur Michael Ramsey met Pope Paul VI at the Vatican in Rome - the first meeting between the heads of the two churches in 400 years.

1983: Dr. Barney Clark, a retired dentist, died 112 days after being the first human to receive a mechanical heart.

2001: The Russian space station Mir was brought down out of orbit after 15 years. It burned up in re-entry and crashed into the Pacific Ocean. When it was launched in 1986, Mir was the world's first space station, later copied the U.S. Skylab (in orbit 1973 to 1979) and the International Space Station, a joint effort by Russia, the European Space Agency and NASA (in orbit 1998 to the present).



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