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October 15, 2021 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Friday October 29, 12-1
Last week our group took a closer look at the punishments God meted out to the Serpent, Eve, and Adam and the story of Cain and Abel (Genesis 3:14-4:26) Here are some of the issues we talked about:
How God cursed the snake (who, apparently walked upright until he was made to crawl on his belly) and how the enmity between the serpent’s seed and that of Eve was seen by some Christians as the first messianic prophecy in the Bible (Protoevangelium)
Eve’s punishment versus that of Adam (neither was “cursed” by God as was the serpent–and, in the next chapter, Cain). Was Eve’s punishment–painful childbearing/childrearing and subservience to Adam (who was punished by having to live by the sweat of his brow)–twice that of Adam’s. Is this passage the beginning of misogyny in the male-authored Bible, or is it a compassionate recognition of the travails of women?
Why are cherubim assigned to guard the Tree of Life? To eliminate the possibility of human immortality?
What does God’s favoring of Abel’s offering (fattened sheep) over Cain’s offering (grain) signify? That God was not a vegetarian? That Cain’s offerings were not given with the proper intention? The birth of all of the sibling rivalries we find in the Bible–and in real life?
In what way was God testing Cain–don’t give in to the sin that crouches at your door? What was the nature of the cryptic exchange between Cain and Abel when they went out into the field? How premeditated was Cain’s fratricide?
This Friday, we’ll begin with a consideration of how the mark of Cain has been interpreted and where Cain’s wife came from (Genesis 4:15-4:17) and then move on–past the descendants of Adam to the story of Noah (Genesis 5:28-6-9).
Our informal group meets via Zoom every Friday from 12-1. Check the CBI web page for a link. All are welcome to join us, regardless of their level of expertise. Please bring whatever copy of the Bible you might have (the more different translations the livelier the discussion). If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at email@example.com.
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