Title

Cain and Abel in the Light of Envy: A Study in the History of the Interpretation of Envy in Genesis 4:1-16

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2001

Abstract

This article discusses the use of envy in the history of the interpretation of Gen. 4.1-16. The theme of envy is given greater prominence in post-biblical interpretations of the story of Cain and Abel than in the biblical narrative. The magnification of envy is present in translation equivalents, character revisions and the incorporation of legendary accretions. This magnification of envy serves to deflect attention away from God who chooses, in a capricious way, one sacrifice over another.

Comments

Copyright 2001 Sage Journals

This article was published under the author's maiden name: Angela Y. Kim.

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Publication Title

Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha

Published Citation

Angela Y. Kim. 2001 “Cain and Abel in the Light of Envy: A Study in the History of the Interpretation of Envy in Genesis 4:1-16.” Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha 12.1 (2001): 65-84.

DOI

10.1177/095182070101200103

Peer Reviewed