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First Reference: Beginnings 1:23
Now Adam and Eve loved each other greatly, and Eve took seed from Adam and bore a son, and she did call him Cain. And he grew large in stature and had great cunning, insomuch that both man and beast grew fearful of him.
See: Abel, Adaam, Adam, Enoch, Emerel, Eve, Lucifer, Seth, Shaemdiel, Sumer, Yasher-Baal
Background: The name “Cain” is a shortened version of “Cainicus”. On every mortal world where dispensations are established, the first son of Adam and Eve is always given the name Cainicus (Cain). There are two individuals named “Cain” in the Song of God: the Cain who lived on this earth (Beginnings 1-7), and the firstborn son of Adamilus on the world of Terralee (4th Endowment 8:5-20).
Azrael’s Commentary — Cain
The eldest son of Adam and Eve, Cain was a murderer and a polygamist who had over 300 wives. As the founder of the first kingdom of Sumer, Cain was a remarkable man who could be both charming and ruthless. He was known in the scriptures as “The Father of Nations and of War”. One of the first teachers of the Adaam committed to laying the building blocks essential to the creation of civilization, Cain taught the Enoshahim the arts of metal smithing, tool making, arithmetic, and the building of towns and cities. He developed the first monetary system in the world based on a rigid set of values for the exchange of trade goods. Cain was murdered by his son, Yasher-Baal around 8,840 BCE (approx).
Summary: (c.12,772 BCE — c. 8,840 BCE) Cain was a prominent figure throughout the first dispensation, establishing several foundational aspects necessary for the rise of civilization. However, there was a dark side to Cain, an element to his character that seemed contrary to what would be expected from early generations of the Adaam. Typically, the first to incarnate as a the mortal offspring of Adam and Eve would be high-ranking and well-proven spirits, not given to the type of behavior exhibited by Cain. From the beginning, Cain proved troublesome for his family. Even at Cain’s birth, it was noted by his father that the infant possessed a “disquieted spirit” (1:8:43-45).
Despite efforts to guide and console the conflicted son, Cain continued on a wayward path, corrupting the teachings of his parents and introducing nefarious teachings of his own, establishing among the Enoshahim such practices as polygamy, usury, and weapon making. Driven by intra-dimensional influences (6:8:19-23), jealousy, and a lust for power, Cain murdered his younger brother Abel (B:3:1-26), an act which had never before taken place among any of the Adaam, on any mortal world (1:8:50).
The Council of Elohim responded to Cain’s act by sending an angel to establish a path of repentance for Cain, declaring that if anyone should kill him, that person would receive “seven times [Cain’s] punishment” (B:4:19-23). The angel gave Cain a visible skin mark (akin to a birthmark) so he could be easily identified. In addition, the Elohim promised Adam and Eve a son (Seth), from whose seed would come generations of prophets and wise men and women. Covenants were established regarding the seed of Abel and the seed of Seth as a means to counter the designs of the Fallen One and diminish the evil of Cain. Exiled from the Eden, Cain traveled (with wives in tow) to the land of Nod where he established on the banks of the Euphrates what would eventually become the first kingdom of Sumer (Beginnings 4).
We know from Azrael’s Commentary that Cain returned to the garden of Eden for the Adamic Council (c. 11,845 BCE) (AZC — Adamic Council). It was at this event that Adam designated Seth to be head of the Adamic family. After the ascension of Adam and Eve, Cain raised a strong objection to Seth holding the leadership position, claiming it was his right due to being the first born. After days of bickering, the Adamic family split, with one third of the Adaam returning with Cain to Sumer. The rest followed Seth to Egypt (Azrael’s Commentary - Adamic Council).
Thousands of years passed before the prophet Enoch, having gathered a group of the righteous from the land of Ur, traveled south to the land of Nod where he conversed with Cain, the king of Sumer. In a gesture towards repentance, Cain gave land and resources to Enoch, allowing him to establish on the banks of Lake Ishan what would become the holy city of Zion (B:6:14-44; B:7:1-10).
Not long after the arrival of Enoch, Cain was beheaded by his son Yasher-Baal. The body of Cain was dumped outside the walls of Sumer, but later retrieved by Enoch and Adami and taken to Zion to be properly honored and buried in holy ground (B:7:17-43). Yasher-Baal assumed the throne of Sumer and went on to reign the empire.
Significant Events / Passages
Birth of Cain, relationship with family
Beginnings 1:23-40 1st Endowment 8:43-48
Cain is visited by Lucifer
Beginnings 2:1-39 1st Endowment 3:19
Jealousy and resentment move Cain to murder Abel
Beginnings 3:1-26 1st Endowment 8:48-51 6th Endowment 8:42
Cain is exiled, marked, establishes Sumer
Cain converses with Enoch, allows Zion to be built outside of Sumer
Beginnings 6:15-44 — 7:1-10
Yasher-Baal kills Cain
Spirit of Cain identified as one of the Fallen
Refer to: Beginnings 1-7