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This is the introductory chapter to the book, Cain and Abel in text and tradition : Jewish and Christian interpretations of the first sibling rivalry, to trace the interpretive history of the Cain and Abel story in the first millennium CE. Rather than focus on critical questions like historicity, cultural background and manuscript evidence, the book examines how the story was understood by Jewish and Christian interpreters. Because the Hebrew version of Genesis 4 contains a number of linguistic ambiguities and narrative gaps, it raises more questions than answers.

Keywords: biblical text; Cain and Abel story; Christian interpreters; Jewish tradition



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