Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Cain, according to the Hebrew tradition, the eldest born of Adam and Eve, the first man, therefore, born upon the earth. He was a cultivator of the land, while his younger brother Abel was a feeder of flocks. In a fit of jealousy, because Abel's offerings were more acceptable in the sight of God than his own, Cain slew his brother, and when accused by God of the crime avowed his fault and went into exile. He appears, according to the tradition followed by Josephus, to have gone into a land inhabited by a different race than that sprung from Adam, and there to have married, and founded a city which he called after the name of his son Enoch. Later, he is said to have been killed while hunting by his nephew Lamech, though another tradition represents him as living till the Deluge. Mussulman tradition says that the cause of the dispute between Cain and Abel was jealousy, as they could not agree which of their sisters they should respectively marry. Victor Hugo has written some vigorous verses on the subject, of Cain, and Byron's drama of Cain is among the finest of his works.