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dead animals vs. fruits

In Genesis, God ordered Cain and Abel to bring the "first fruits of their labor" as a sacriface to him. Abel killed a lamb and brought the dead carcass, and Cain brought a basket of fruits, vegetables and grains. And God was pleased with the dead animal, but not the fruits and vegetables. Why?


Asked by Anonymous at 12:02 AM on Jun. 15, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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Answers (9)
  • Because the story was created by Semites, who were nomadic herders, whose livelihood revolved around livestock to explain why the enmity between themselves and their newly-agricultural neighbors whose population expanded exponentially (due to the agriculture) and caused them to require new land... which made it necessary for them to take it by force from the herders. Having a belief that they were living the way God wanted, and that the aggressive agricultural peoples were going against God is a natural, human conclusion for them to come to. It is more about a clash of lifestyles and paradigms than a literal Cain slaying a literal Abel. Like many myths, it teaches a great deal and offers comfort, security, a feeling of deeper purpose, without necessarily being historically accurate.

    Answer by Collinsky at 8:28 PM on Jun. 15, 2009

  • because its harder to hunt than to pick fruit

    Answer by MommaBear1129 at 12:08 AM on Jun. 15, 2009

  • because Abel chose the best of what he had to offer . read about this at

    Answer by 2mothershelpers at 12:30 AM on Jun. 15, 2009

  • I think it may have to do with "sacrafice" -- during that time, it was traditional to bring a sacraficial lamb or other animal to the altar as a sacrafice to God to atone for sins. I'm a bit rusty here...but that is my catechism recollection. Of course Christ became the ultimate sacrafice and therefore the Christians discontinued sacraficing animals.

    Answer by AislinnAsparas at 12:32 AM on Jun. 15, 2009

  • Abel picked the BEST and Cain didn't he wanted them for himself.

    Answer by rhanford at 3:46 AM on Jun. 15, 2009

  • Aislinn.. thanks for the info on the last sentence.... i often wondered why no sacrifice.

    Answer by Aasiyah at 10:02 AM on Jun. 15, 2009

  • 1- Lamb is not 'hunted'. LOL.
    2- Lambs are chay nefesh- living souls.

    Answer by Raintree at 10:08 AM on Jun. 15, 2009

  • Because Abel gave his best with sincerity whilst Cain gave his worst with insincerity.

    Answer by zanzeebeel at 10:44 AM on Jun. 15, 2009

  • Cain didn't follow the rules. God commanded the sacrifice, He was the offended party, He set the penalty.

    Think of it like a court of law. The judge says you have to pay $100 you can't bargan it to $50 and community service, at least not after the penalty is set.


    Answer by teamquinn at 2:44 PM on Jun. 15, 2009