The other night I was reading/watching things online. Somehow, I ended up on an article about the various possibilities for the mark of Cain. This is what I remember.
Cain kills Abel and God is sending him away. But Cain is worried that everyone will know what he did and try to kill him. So God promises to put a mark on him that will show everyone that he is protected by God.
Some of the various things that have been suggested for the Mark have been Black skin, Red hair, and Left-handedness.
Everyone seems to be ignoring the elephant in the room. If Cain killed Abel and they were the only children of Adam and Eve at this point, who does Cain think might kill him? He is being sent away, so it can’t have been Adam or Eve.
Since a lot of Christians are never taught about Lilith, or her monster children, it probably isn’t any of them.
There are some writers out there advocating that genetics were still ‘pure’ back then and Cain marries an unnamed sister and, in fact, Adam and Eve had a lot more children of both genders and the world is populated by one inbred family.
Since he was worrying about being murdered before he even found a wife, I won’t really worry about that one too much. I just had to mention that one theory because it was way out there in terms of strangeness.
Back in the day, when I was going to church, teaching Sunday school, reading the Bible through about 4 times a year, and doing a lot of study and research on the things I really thought were odd, this story was one of the oddest to me. When there are only four people on the planet, if you believe a literal interpretation, then who did Cain think would murder him?
Either mystery people who came from someplace else or a whole tribe of brothers and sisters that are never mentioned. The only other named son being the one born to replace Abel.
And, why in the world is God protecting a Murderer anyway? Did no one ever think to ask this? It seems a very bizarre course of action. Another one of those questions where all attempts to answer it are so bizarre that you wonder why that question alone does not drive people away from Churches.