Where did Cain get his wife?

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"Where did Cain get his wife?" or "Who was Cain's wife?" are commonly asked questions—and reasonable ones! God did not choose to inspire the writers of Genesis to record every detail of the lives of its characters. That is to say, more went on than what we find in the Bible. Indeed, much of Genesis relates only summaries of broad spans of time. The Bible gives us the essential details, and we learn other facts from secular history.

In the case of the family of Adam, he and Eve had more children than Cain and Abel and Seth, although Genesis mentions only these three by name. Genesis 5:4 adds: "After he begot Seth, the days of Adam were eight hundred years; and he had sons and daughters." What can we learn from history on the subject?

Josephus is a widely recognized Jewish historian. The following footnote about Adam's family appears in his Antiquities of the Jews: "The number of Adam's children, as says the old tradition, was thirty-three sons and twenty-three daughters" (Chapter 2, Section 3). We cannot know that Josephus' sources were accurate, but the suggestion that Adam and Eve had many other children besides Cain, Abel and Seth is reasonable.

The logical answer to "who was Cain's wife?" is that Cain married one of his sisters. God's prohibition against marriage between close relatives came many centuries later (Leviticus 18).

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  • helmutlu@yahoo.com

    Althought this block has several years, the question is still valid, as the commens mention, Adm and Eve had two sons, one killed the other and there was only one left. But the problem here is what Genesis 4:19 says:' 'And Lamech took unto him two wives: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah. And Adah bare Jabal: he was the father of such as dwell in tents, and of such as have cattle. 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, Enoch. .. 23. And Lamech said unto his wives, Adah and Zillah, Hear my voice; ye wives of Lamech, ...... And 23 Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew. And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the Lord .'
    The only problem is Seth was the third son Adam and Eve, there was not a women with whom Cain could have children, so it seems that there were other sons or daugthers between Cain and Seth???

  • KARS
    Remember also, the Bible doesn't always record the spand of time between births of sons. Since Cain was already an adult when He brought his offering,there would have been sisters born by then.
  • TimS
    I am of the belief that it is not good to speculate. Left unchecked, speculation can turn to theory, theory into a line of thought, a line of thinking into a belief, and so-on... (ergo: evolution)! Not to say I only believe what can be proven "by man", I first and foremost, I live by faith (Hebrews 10:38 & Hebrews 11:1-the whole chapter). I am in agreement with the writer of this answer, while citing the works of Josephus in their answer, they then turn you back to the Bible, which should always be our first source of information. And if there's any doubt in the Bible, just read 2 Timothy 3:16-17; "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works." (KJV) If it can't be proven in the Bible, then its probably mere "speculation" and its not good to speculate! Thanks! TimS
  • Hellbound
    Adam and Eve had Cain and Abel. Cain killed Abel then had to leave as a vagabond. God marked him so other people would not kill him. It wasn't till after Cain left that eve had Seth. After Seth they had many children. It could be possible that God created mankind but only used Adam and Eve his 1st creation to tell the story
  • BrianForbes
    Zeus married his sister too. It was normal at the start of history for sister and brother to marry. In fact, that's why the tribes were already segregated when the languages were confused at Babel. This is all recorded in extra-biblical secular history. It's easy to find it. Just read the most ancient texts and it's all right there. No speculation required.
  • Sons of Zadok
    I agree with you,the Holy Spirit has told me that not everything God has done is in the Bible,there is many great and awesome things that God has done, and is doing, and will do.Like the book of Acts,its a ongoing record of the church, it does not end at chapter 28:31, new chapters are being added.There are many mystery's and secrets that God has chose not to share yet,back to Cain and his wife,in this time we live in, there is very little faith in the supernatural power of God.Just like Adam God could have simply while Cain was asleep took one of his ribs, and made him a wife, or one of his toes, or bug flying by, he is God he can do any thing, it was probably from some part of Cain, a wound to make a woo-man or woman.Also God could just have done like he did Adam and took some dust from the ground and breathed the breath of life into her.The reason this would or could work, like Adam and Eve, and everything else God created them with the appearance of age, or full grown size. Thanks and may God bless you.
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