Haley's Question: "How did Cain and Able marry women when
there were no additional humans living at the time?"


Dear Haley,

Well, you almost had me stumped on this one! You wouldn't even believe the
discussions among very smart Bible teachers. One of them said, "I don't know. I
wasn't invited to the wedding!"  I got a giggle over that.
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The best answer that I have found is that Cain married one of his own relatives. Because humans were pure
at that time, genetic defects did not matter with relatives marrying relatives (meaning, it was ok back then!)

Now Abel did not marry before he was murdered by his brother, so we'll just spend the rest of the time
talking about Cain. I guess it is a possibility he got married, but most think probably not.

Remember that Adam and Eve lived a very, very, very, VERY long time. Records say almost a thousand
years or so. Eve had hundreds of children.  OUCH!  Having three children of my own was painful enough
for me! Also, the Bible only mentions the SONS that were born. There could've been daughters born that
we are not told of in Scripture.

Check out this verse:
Gen 5:3 When Adam had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own likeness, in his own image; and he named
him Seth. 4 After Seth was born, Adam lived 800 years and had other sons and daughters. Altogether,
Adam lived 930 years, and then he died.

With all those kids running around, I would imagine that we haven't heard of many of the marriages that
took place.

Another Bible teacher told me that the name "Eve" means "living," which means, "mother of all the
living." If that is the case, then Cain would've had to marry one of his own relatives.

Someone also passed this info on to me, but your parents may have to explain it to you, because it was
written for adults:

Genesis 4:17 C.H. Dodd (cited by Adam Clarke, The Holy Bible with A Commentary) shows that it would
have been possible for Adam and Eve, in the more than 100 years he estimates may have elapsed since
their union, to have had over 32,000 descendants at the time Cain went to Nod, all of them having sprung
from Cain and Abel, who married their sisters.

Anyway, I hope this answers your question. I'm giving you my best guess.  Let me know if you need any
more help with it.

Love, Mrs. Shaw
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