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How did Cain and Abel marry if they were the only children of Adam and Eve?

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They married their sisters.

They are just not named directly but only later in Genesis there is a mention of "daughters":

"Then the days of Adam after he became the father of Seth were eight hundred years, and he had other sons and daughters." (Genesis 5:4)

Hope this helps.


As an added suggestion:

If you have questions or several questions why not write them all in one thread and people can go to that thread and answer them one by one?

I for one am unwilling to open 20 threads and answer a 1 line question in 20 different threads and i think many out there feel the same.


Same old Manuela you must find a fault with something. It is an open forum as far as I understand, I thought it would be up to the Poster what went in to their post.

Same old Ian,

No explanation but following me around trying to attack me or anything. 

I stated a suggestion nothing else but maybe you go ahead instead of replying to me stupid things and open up all these threads and answer the question there 1 by 1. 

After all your knowledge and wisdom is oh so great...

Bye bye...

yeah no prob for me

Yes, that is correct.
Cain and Able had sisters.

In those days it was perfectly legal to marry family members.

Time to reopen this thread a bit. When a Christian mentions that Adam and Eve's kids  married each other, most Non-Christians go.. "EWWW"!! Or they make some direct comment calling it incest. Now as I understand the bible it was not incest because God said be fruitful and multiply and personally I felt the genetics and seed  was purer. But at what point did it become incest? It seems to me that it became incest when  they had fulfilled the decree to be fruitful and multiply and it was no longer necessary to marry a relative in your own family. But does anyone  know of any official bible verses to back that  idea up?

Also I want to post part of Genesis 5 ,

3 And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth: 
4 And the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years: and he begat sons and daughters: 
5 And all the days that Adam lived were ninehundred and thirty years: and he died
6 And Seth lived an hundred andfive years, and begat Enos: 
7 And Seth lived after he begat Enos eighthundred and seven years, and begat sons and daughters: 
8 And all thedays of Seth were nine hundred and twelve* years: and he died
Now this is right after the Cain and Abel tragedy I believe. So I  assume somewhere between The day of his creation and 130 years Adam and Even had both Cain and Abel.  And I also  assume  during that span of 130 years he had other sons and daughters  , because when Cain is confronted by God he makes the comment that  there are other people that might kill him. Now that is one way to look at it .
Another way to look at it  could be that  Genesis 4 ( the story of Cain and Abel ) is not chronological) meaning they were not Adam and Eves's first born kids, but rather the story is there to illustrate how sin quickly caused a deterioration of the morality of mankind leading to the first murder in just the second generation. Perhaps Seth was actually the first born? This is just speculation on my part, but I'd be happy to see some biblical or SOP  based answers.
I think when the bible in Genesis 5 says  someone had other sons and daughters that is a reference to those who did not necessarily follow God since they are not mentioned by name. It seems the names of all those mentioned in Genesis 5 are those who were of the genealogy of the faithful and it is also showing  the distinct lineage from Adam to Noah and his sons. Thoughts?

Indeed Ross it is a interesting subject as far as I can see the first time God directly prohibit marriage to a sister or near relative is found in Leviticus

Lev 20:17 And if a man shall take his sister, his father's daughter, or his mother's daughter, and see her nakedness, and she see his nakedness; it is a wicked thing; and they shall be cut off in the sight of their people: he hath uncovered his sister's nakedness; he shall bear his iniquity.

The whole Chapter 20 lays down God's point of view on Sexual relationship of all kinds 

As we see earlier Abraham was married to his half sister Sarah. And even as late  as Moses father we see this that is not in keeping with Leviticus 20. 

Exo 6:20 And Amram took him Jochebed his father's sister to wife; and she bare him Aaron and Moses: and the years of the life of Amram were an hundred and thirty and seven years.


Elijah, I find all this of interest, but I would like to say this,--as a lifelong SDA of more than 70 years, we always regarded incest as only an intimate relationship of son or daughter with a parent, and not a brother or sister. Do you have any correcting evidence for me for the other explanation. Yes, as it says, it is a 'wicked thing" to be intimate with ones brother or sister in the family, but we always, over the years, regarded incest as only with ones parent. I welcome your comments on this further. 

God bless!

Leviticus 18, 9:

The nakedness of thy sister, the daughter of thy father, or the daughter of thy mother, whether born at home, or born abroad, even their nakedness thou shalt not uncover. 

Leviticus 18, 11

 The nakedness of thy father's wife's daughter, begotten of thy father, she is thy sister, thou shalt not uncover her nakedness. 

Plus all the rest of Levitius 18.


Yes like you I newer researched this subject. But when  Ross posted the question I had a quick look in the concordance under sister and the result I found was in Leviticus 20:17 

As we note Simon has also had a look and found some more information. As it seems "Nakedness" is maybe the better word to look up in the concordance.

Lev 18:6 None of you shall approach to any that is near of kin to him, to uncover their nakedness: I am the LORD.


near to kin: Heb. remainder of his flesh. Notwithstanding the prohibitions here, it must be evident, that in the infancy of the world, persons very near of kin, and even brothers and sisters, must have joined in matrimonial alliances; and therefore we cannot pronounce them immoral in themselves. But, in these first instances, necessity required it; but when this necessity no longer existed, the thing became inexpedient and improper for:
1. As human nature now is, it is very expedient that those who are so much together in youth, should, by such a restriction be taught to look upon all such intercourse as prohibited and incestuous; for unless such restrictions are made, it would be impossible to prevent the prevalence of very early corruption among young persons. (See Michaelis on the laws of Moses, Art. 108.)
2. That the duties owing by nature to relatives might not be confounded with those of a social or political kind; for could a man be a brother and a husband, or a son and a husband at the same time, and fulfil the duties of both? Impossible.
3. That by intermarrying with other families, relationship and its endearments might be diffused. These prohibitions are, therefore, to be considered so eminently moral obligations as to be observed by all mankind.

The bible doesn’t suggest at all that Abel was ever married before his untimely death, it only points out that he was a herdsman; a keeper of sheep.

2…And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep….

The question from a biblical perspective as it pertains to Abel is answered because Abel did not marry.

Cain on the other hand is the only one of the two that the bible gives information on as being married.

16And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden. 17And Cain knew his wife…

After Cain was banished from the family of Adam he dwelt in the land of Nod. The question arises; was Nod the name of a person or a people the land was named for?

Obviously the land of Nod shows ownership, and is described as a settlement east of Eden. Cain settled there and then knew his wife there.

The bible doesn’t suggest that he knew a wife before being sent out of Eden. The obvious conclusion is that there were other humanoids maybe unlike or like Adam in some ways living in a land call Nod. The bible is silent on how this came to be.

The genealogy between chapter 4 and 5 is somewhat confusing. On one hand we see the Enoch, and Lamech who is the father of Noah stemmed from Cain. (Genesis 4:18-19)

17And 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, Enoch…

But we also see Lamech under the line of Seth.

28And Lamech lived an hundred eighty and two years, and begat a son: 29And he called his name Noah,


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