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In the Bible, the son of Adam and Eve who was slain by his elder brother, Cain.


(Bible) Old Testament the second son of Adam and Eve, a shepherd, murdered by his brother Cain (Genesis 4:1–8)


(ˈeɪ bəl)

the second son of Adam and Eve, slain by his brother, Cain. Gen. 4.
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Noun1.Abel - Norwegian mathematician (1802-1829)
2.Abel - (Old Testament) Cain and Abel were the first children of Adam and Eve born after the Fall of ManAbel - (Old Testament) Cain and Abel were the first children of Adam and Eve born after the Fall of Man; Abel was killed by Cain
Old Testament - the collection of books comprising the sacred scripture of the Hebrews and recording their history as the chosen people; the first half of the Christian Bible


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Biblically, Jerusalem has existed as far back as the stories of Cain and Abel are said to have taken place.
A few weeks ago, reading the story of Cain and Abel, I was struck by a discomfiting thought: God, creator of heaven and earth, source of all light, could be a bit of a jerk.
Caption: Committee members, back row from left: Ellaine Ete-Rasch, Anne Strickland, NZNO PNA Margaret Cain and Abel Smith.
Some brothers are like Cain and Abel, other brothers can fight with each other and get along, I don't know if this is repairable or not," Scaramucci said.
In a detailed prose afterword, Brown offers up evidence for his own esoteric take on scripture: From Cain and Abel to Job to Jesus' parables of the Talents and the Prodigal Son, Brown insists the Bible tells us that God admires and rewards those who don't follow the rules.
The biblical drama of Cain and Abel, a case in point, has been the subject of works of theology, literature, and art.
Nigerian Obioma (who is in his 20s and teaches at the University of Nebraska) sets his debut novel, a coming-of-age story and parable of both Cain and Abel and Nigeria's contradictory politics, in a small town in 1990s Nigeria.
Noble prize-winning author Elie Wisel presents Great Figures of the Bible: Legends and Legacies of Our Biblical Heroes, a DVD re-examining the classic stories of Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Abraham and Isaac, Job, Moses, and David.
The director shares, "Set during the Marcos dictatorship in the '80s (when military training was compulsory to students), the film is a corruptionseduction drama that takes place in the last few weeks of the ROTC training of Cain and Abel, who aspires for the position of Major Mac.
In the twentieth century, it is possible to find Michel Tournier's short story 'The Adam Family', in his book The Rooster of Heather (1978), in which the conflict between Cain and Abel is presented as an allegory of a class struggle, a conflict and opposition between shepherds and farmers, nomads and sedentary, and their values and beliefs.
A closer examination of the story of Cain and Abel, though, reveals why Cain killed Abel and suggests an irony in Cartier's perception.
NOAH (12A) "IN the beginning there was nothing," booms an opening voiceover, condensing the fall of Adam And Eve and blood spilt between Cain and Abel into a mosaic of haunting images.