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By John T. Fitzgerald, Fika J. van Rensburg, Herrie F. van Rooy

Animosity in its a variety of kinds, together with enmity, struggle, murder, household violence, non secular hostility, and retaliation, is a perennial challenge that has plagued each type of interpersonal and foreign dating because the sunrise of human lifestyles. The essays during this quantity, supplying views from 3 continents, learn how animosity is known and awarded within the biblical textual content and its ancient and literary contexts. The authors realize even as that the Bible itself and the way it's been used have occasionally contributed to the matter of animosity and hence search to glean any insights that will tackle this challenge within the modern international, which this present day is a urgent international problem. The participants are Henk Bakker, Paul B. Decock, John T. Fitzgerald, J. J. Fritz Kr??ger, Outi Lepp?¤, Dirk G. van der Merwe, Marius Nel, Eric Peels, Jeremy Punt, Fika J. van Rensburg, Rainer G. H. Reuter, Herrie F. van Rooy, Eben Scheffler, and Eveline van Staalduine-Sulman.

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The collective explanation, which was predominant in the older research, saw Cain as ancestor of the Kenites or as a representative of nomadic life. In this way the mark of Cain could be explained as a tribal sign of the Kenites, which marks its bearers as worshipers of Yahweh. Sometimes this was even further explained: the mark of Cain was the first character of the name of God, printed on one’s forehead, or it was the professional mark of smiths. 47 Nowadays, these sorts of interpretations have been almost entirely abandoned, given the 45.

This explanation has failed to gain approval because the context of the mark of Cain is too explicit about its function as deterrence of potential enemies. The conclusion is inevitable: the question as to what the precise content and form of the sign of Cain were has never gotten a satisfactory answer. Neither is this question really relevant, given the narrative economy of this tightly set up elliptic story. What is significantly more important is the question of what was the real intention of giving this sign to Cain.

See the view of P. A. H. de Boer, quoted by Wenham, Genesis 1–15, 109. 50. ). See also Josef Scharbert, Genesis 1–11 (Würzburg: Echter, 1983), 68. 32 animosity, the bible, and us him. This suggests that the mark of Cain after his condemnation and cursing, but before his expulsion, has a positive function. But what is it? The second line of explanation interprets God’s giving the mark to Cain as a reduction of sentence. 52 However, this certainly does not exclude the possibility that in verse 15 Yahweh, with his mark for Cain, aims at a reduction of punishment in order to grant Cain life.

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