Now, anyone can open their favorite version of the Bible and read these stories for themselves if they don’t like my version. My idea here is to do several things not done in the Bible:
- Expand and simplify the story.
- I am planning on making the stories easier to read and understand in only a few minutes without compromising the integrity of the people involved.
- I plan on using my own Chuck Paraphrase version of the Bible (as I make it up). I have studied the Greek Language for several years and interpreting the Bible from Greek to English is something I am able to do.
- Tell the story from a third view point.
- I am planning on telling the story as if it happened to me or someone I know personally.
- I am planning on trying to tell these stories as if I am relating the events to a friend I trust (so I give you the details and trust you to not spread it as a rumor to others) 😉
- I am planning on giving extra historical references.
- I will try to give social references, language interpretations and scholarly insights into the motivations of the people in the stories.
- I will try to set the stories on the map so you can get an idea of the terrain, locations, towns and people if it applies to the stories.
Cain and Abel
(This story is made up of both Jewish Tradition and the Biblical account of the lives of Cain and Abel)
The man had relations with his wife Eve, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, “I have produced a man with the help of the LORD.”
Next she bore his brother Abel.
Abel became a keeper of flocks, and Cain a tiller of the soil.
In the course of time Cain brought an offering to the LORD from the fruit of the soil, while Abel, for his part, brought one of the best firstlings of his flock. The LORD looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not. Cain greatly resented this and was crestfallen.
So the LORD said to Cain: “Why are you so resentful and crestfallen? If you do well, you can hold up your head; but if not, sin is a demon lurking at the door: his urge is toward you, yet you can be his master.”
Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let us go out in the field.” When they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.
Then the LORD asked Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” He answered, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?”
The LORD then said: “What have you done! Listen: your brother’s blood cries out to me from the soil!
Therefore you shall be banned from the soil that opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. If you till the soil, it shall no longer give you its produce. You shall become a restless wanderer on the earth.”
Cain said to the LORD: “My punishment is too great to bear. Since you have now banished me from the soil, and I must avoid your presence and become a restless wanderer on the earth, anyone may kill me at sight.”
Not so!” the LORD said to him. “If anyone kills Cain, Cain shall be avenged sevenfold.” So the LORD put a mark on Cain, lest anyone should kill him at sight. Cain then left the LORD’S presence and settled in the land of Nod, east of Eden.
Uncle Chux Version:
Adam and Eve had their first child and named him Cain and his twin sister was named Lubda. Their second child was named Abel and his twin sister was named Kelimia. Now, Cain was a farmer and tended the land. Abel was a shepherd and tended the flocks.
Adam wanted each man to marry his own twin sister to procreate and help fill the earth with mankind. Cain watched Able’s twin sister grow and thought she was more beautiful than his own sister. He wanted her for his own. Adam declared that he would allow God to choose who should marry whom by a test of sacrifice.
Cain gathered the first fruits of his crops, carrots, pomegranates, lettuce and whatnot to give to the Lord. On the chosen day he made an alter of stones and laid out the fruits and vegetables on it.
Abel had a little sheep, the first born that year. It was small and helpless and its mother died in childbirth. Abel slept with it at night and carried it around in the day. He fed it milk that she sucked off the hem of his robe after he dunked it in a bowel. He loved that lamb. On the appointed day Abel, with tears in his eyes, offered to God the most precious thing he had; the little lamb. He built an alter of stones next to the one Cain had made. He sliced the lambs throat and the blood poured out on the alter then he laid the lamb across the top of the stones.
God knew how much Abel’s gift had cost him emotionally. God accepted Abel’s offering and took the lamb while leaving Cain’s gift as unacceptable to him. This made Cain very hurt. God asked him why he felt this way when all he had given had cost him nothing of himself. He had only gathered those things God had made the plants produce and he did not love them. God told him that Satan wanted to use him but if he resisted, he would be the master over Satan. Cain did not listen to God.
Cain acted as if everything was fine and that he accepted God’s judgment about who he would marry. He made up a picnic lunch and invited Abel to go with him to share it in the shade by the stream on the other side of the field. Abel smiled and agreed.
Before they reached the shade, Cain picked up a rock and bashed his brother in the temple with it; killing him instantly. He took a plate out of the basket and dug a grave then buried Abel in it. He sat in the shade and ate his lunch and thought of having his younger sister Kelimia as his wife.
On his way back home, God met him in the field and asked him, “Where is your brother Abel?” God already knew but he wanted Cain to admit what he did. Cain replied “I don’t know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” As if he was innocent, he replied that he did not know anything about where Abel was or why. God replied that he knew he was dead and that Cain had buried him. From now on you will be a wanderer and not have a home.
Cain thought this was too harsh a punishment. Not only could he no longer be a farmer or live in a home by his parents but he feared someone would kill him (one of his nephews or younger brothers). God assured him that if anyone killed him, he would kill the next 7 generations of that person’s family. So Cain became a Nomad; wandering from one place to another in the desert of Nod, east of Eden (which we now believe to be the country of Iraq). We believe he settled for his sister Lubda following him wherever he went so he was not alone and he beget a family of nomads. Eventually, one of his daughters married one of the sons of Noah. But that is a story for another time…