In the Nag Hammadi writtings, Cain is often said to be the product of rape either by the demiurge (god/creator of this world), the Archons or the
Serpent. Therefore this explaines his godless and worldly acts and spiritual state.
This sort of tradition comes from Gen. 4:1:
"1. And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she concieved, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD."
Or more specifically, "I have gotten a man from the LORD." It is possible that some believed that this verse allowed for an interpretation that
though Adam 'knew' Eve his wife, he may not have been the father. The 'LORD' would be thought of in the context not as the Father and Origin of All
but as the 'god of this world,' the demiurge. In Sethian thought, Seth is thought to replace Abel (Gen. 4:25) and is a 'seed of a different kind' and
of Adam's own likeness (Gen. 5:3)
It's interesting to note that Cain was father to a son called Enoch (Gen. 4:17) and that there was another Enoch whose father was Jared (Gen. 5:18)
(this Enoch being the one 'who walked with God'). So you have an Enoch of the seed of Cain and one of the seed of Seth.
I also find the following interesting , consider the simularities:
"17. And Cain knew his wife, and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son,
18. And unto Enoch was born Irad: and Irad begat Methusael: and Methusael begat Lamech." - Gen. 4:17-18
" 18. And Jared lived an hundred and sixty and two years, and he begat Enoch:" -Gen 5:18
"21. And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah:" - Gen. 5:21
"25. And Methuselah lived an hundred eighty and seven years, and begat Lamech:" -Gen. 5:25
I always thought the simularities were interesting. I'm sure there are some fasinating traditions that explore such (i've not looked into it that
It is written that Cain was a tiller of the earth, I once heard from a friend that to till the earth was considered a sexual act, and also meant that
Cain relied not on God but unto the work of his own hands whereas Abel relied on God. Cain was proud and Abel humble and when Cain saw that Abel's
offering was accepted and Cain's was not (because it was offering from an unwholesome state of mind), he was enraged for such was his
Just some wandering thoughts.
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Edit to add: So it does make one to wonder about the 'mark of Cain' and what exactly that is.
Edit to add: Sources are the KJV Holy Bible and the Nag Hammadi writtings ( In particular, The Gospel of Philip, The Nature of the Rulers, Secret Book
of John, Revelation of Adam, Valentinian Exposition with Valentinian Liturgucal Readings, etc.)
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