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Where did the people Cain was afraid would kill him, come from?

I've highlighted the parts in question:

13 Cain said to the Lord, “My punishment is more than I can bear. 14 Today you are driving me from the land, and I will be hidden from your presence; I will be a restless wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me.

Here Cain is speaking as if he has seen and knows there are other people on the planet and is afraid of them.

15 But the Lord said to him, “Not so; anyone who kills Cain will suffer vengeance seven times over. ” Then the Lord put a mark on Cain so that no one who found him would kill him. 16 So Cain went out from the Lord’s presence and lived in the land of Nod,[f] east of Eden.

Here, the the Lord acknowledges there are other people in the world and not only curses anyone who kills Cain but marks Cain so these other people would know not to harm him, when they found him.

17 Cain made love to his wife, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Enoch. Cain was then building a city, and he named it after his son Enoch. 18 To Enoch was born Irad, and Irad was the father of Mehujael, and Mehujael was the father of Methushael, and Methushael was the father of Lamech.

Where did Cains wife come from?
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"Where did the people Cain was afraid would kill him, come from?"

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Originally Posted by ptomwebster View Post
"Where did the people Cain was afraid would kill him, come from?"

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Good questions. What do you think? It's all made up or something else?
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Did people always wonder about these things, or is this kind of question more a product of our modern era?
I have never really seen it discussed in any of the writings of the early church fathers, or any of the rabbinical writings that I have been introduced to.

The bible itself seems to not think that such kind of questions are worth giving a second thought to. Such questions are for the main exterior to anything that the actual text discusses as problems.
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Originally Posted by Standing Up View Post
Good questions. What do you think? It's all made up or something else?
I don't know. I don't feel like its all made up but I feel like a part of this story is missing. Was hoping others had some possible insights to this.
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Originally Posted by SolomonVII View Post
Did people always wonder about these things, or is this kind of question more a product of our modern era?
I have never really seen it discussed in any of the writings of the early church fathers, or any of the rabbinical writings that I have been introduced to.

The bible itself seems to not think that such kind of questions are worth giving a second thought to. Such questions are for the main exterior to anything that the actual text discusses as problems.
Not sure, I just stumbled on this while doing some research on another thread.
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I answered it in another thread, read that one.

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there is another thread that some think answers this question...8th day creation, i think it's called.

if a day is as a 1000 years, then this might apply...

mankind in general created on the 6th day
7th day of rest
after that presumably the 8th day, Adam is formed in the garden.

so the thought is that others were here before the garden and before adam was formed
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Originally Posted by WilliamB View Post
I've highlighted the parts in question:

13 Cain said to the Lord, “My punishment is more than I can bear. 14 Today you are driving me from the land, and I will be hidden from your presence; I will be a restless wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me.

Here Cain is speaking as if he has seen and knows there are other people on the planet and is afraid of them.

15 But the Lord said to him, “Not so; anyone who kills Cain will suffer vengeance seven times over. ” Then the Lord put a mark on Cain so that no one who found him would kill him. 16 So Cain went out from the Lord’s presence and lived in the land of Nod,[f] east of Eden.

Here, the the Lord acknowledges there are other people in the world and not only curses anyone who kills Cain but marks Cain so these other people would know not to harm him, when they found him.

17 Cain made love to his wife, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Enoch. Cain was then building a city, and he named it after his son Enoch. 18 To Enoch was born Irad, and Irad was the father of Mehujael, and Mehujael was the father of Methushael, and Methushael was the father of Lamech.

Where did Cains wife come from?
Simple: his brothers and sisters; other children of Adam and Eve.
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