Question: “Who was Cain’s wife? Was Cain’s wife his


Question: “Who was Cain’s wife? Was Cain’s wife his
sister?”

Answer: The Bible does not specifically say who Cain’s
wife was. The only possible answer is that Cain’s wife was his sister or niece
or great-niece, etc. The Bible does not say how old Cain was when he killed Abel
(Genesis 4:8). Since they
were both farmers, they were likely both full-grown adults, possibly with
families of their own. Adam and Eve surely had given birth to more children than
just Cain and Abel at the time Abel was killed. They definitely had many more
children later (Genesis 5:4). The fact that Cain was scared for his own
life after he killed Abel (Genesis 4:14) indicates that there were likely many other
children and perhaps even grandchildren of Adam and Eve already living at that
time. Cain’s wife (Genesis 4:17) was a daughter or granddaughter of Adam and
Eve.

Since Adam and Eve were the first (and only) human beings, their
children would have no other choice than to intermarry. God did not forbid
inter-family marriage until much later when there were enough people to make
intermarriage unnecessary (Leviticus 18:6-18).
The reason that incest today often results in genetic abnormalities is that when
two people of similar genetics (i.e., a brother and sister) have children
together, there is a high risk of their recessive characteristics becoming
dominant. When people from different families have children, it is highly
unlikely that both parents will carry the same recessive traits. The human
genetic code has become increasingly “polluted” over the centuries as genetic
defects are multiplied, amplified, and passed down from generation to
generation. Adam and Eve did not have any genetic defects, and that enabled them
and the first few generations of their descendants to have a far greater quality
of health than we do now. Adam and Eve’s children had few, if any, genetic
defects. As a result, it was safe for them to intermarry.

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Recommended Resource:
Bible Answers for Almost all Your Questions by Elmer Towns.

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