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Abel

Abel  

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In the Bible, the younger son of Adam and Eve, murdered by his jealous brother Cain, after Abel's offering to God of a lamb was accepted by God, while Cain's sheaves were rejected.
Adam

Adam  

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First human being. Created to be God's vicegerent (steward) on earth. The Quran records Adam's fall from grace as the result of disobedience to God's commands but, unlike Christian tradition, the ...
Adam and Eve

Adam and Eve  

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The first parents of the human race, whose story is told in the opening chapters of the book of Genesis. There is no doubt that until the nineteenth century Adam and Eve were held to be historical ...
brother

brother  

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Used of sons of the same parent(s) (e.g. Judg. 8: 19), of related people (e.g. Deut. 23: 8, NJB), or in reference to a forgiven foe (1 Kgs. 20: 33, NRSV). In the NT it is used of a fellow Christian ...
Enoch

Enoch  

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OT patriarch. Many legends became attached to his name. In the NT his ascension is referred to at Heb. 11: 5. See also the following entry.
envy

envy  

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In the OT there are several examples of the evil operation of envy: Cain murdered his brother Abel (Gen. 4: 8), Joseph was envied and deported by his brothers (Gen. 37: 27), and Saul resented ...
Eve

Eve  

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Arabic Hawwa. Wife of Adam. She is not named in the Quran; her name is known through oral tradition (hadith). Unlike the Old Testament, the Quran does not present her as responsible for tempting ...
Grendel

Grendel  

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Grendel was the terrifying giant- monster who was confronted and defeated by the hero Beowulf in the Anglo-Saxon epic of than name. He lived with his equally terrifying mother in an underwater ...
Ibn Khaldun

Ibn Khaldun  

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(1332–1406)Arab historian, one of the first historians to devise a nonreligious historiography. His masterpiece the Muqaddimah (Introduction to History) contains brilliant insights and social ...
Ishmael

Ishmael  

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In the Hebrew Bible, the Torah, Ishmael was the son of Abraham and the slave woman Hagar. He plays a significant role in Islamic mythology as Ismail.
Jacob

Jacob  

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OT Patriarch. The son of Isaac, he deprived his brother Esau of his birthright by an elaborate ruse and fled to Haran in Mesopotamia. On his way back to Canaan he wrestled with a mysterious Divine ...
Kenites

Kenites  

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An obscure Semitic clan listed among the pre-Israelite inhabitants of the land in Gen. 15: 19.
Methuselah

Methuselah  

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The eighth in the list of antediluvian patriarchs in Gen. 5 and the longest-lived (969 years; Gen. 5: 27).
Names for the Nameless

Names for the Nameless  

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Although the Bible contains many named persons, it also refers to numerous individuals who are mentioned but not named. Through the ages, readers of the Bible have felt the need ...
Nod

Nod  

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The land ‘east of Eden’ where Cain settled to escape from the presence of the Lord (Gen. 4: 16).
Sumer

Sumer  

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An ancient region of SW Asia in present-day Iraq, comprising the southern part of Mesopotamia. From the 4th millennium bc it was the site of city states which became part of ancient Babylonia.The ...
Tubalcain

Tubalcain  

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A forger of instruments of copper and iron (Gen. 4: 22) and a descendant of Cain. The Kenites were believed to derive their origins from him.

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