Cain and Abel

       Genesis 4:1-2 informs us that Adam and Eve had two male offspring. Some evangelical commentators suggest they might have been twins due to no record of Eve having conceived a separate, second time. To a Literal Qabalist the question is moot in that Cain and Abel, like Adam and Eve, are not actual persons but character personifications in a narrative with underlying messages.

 

       If we look up Cain, קין, in a Hebrew dictionary we discover the verb ‘to arrange, shape,’ but also ‘to lament, chant a dirge.’ And with different vowel points it becomes ‘spear, dagger’s blade.’ It is also the root of the word קינוי, qinui, ‘a manifestation of jealousy’ according to the Dictionary of Targumim, Talmud and Midrashic Literature. Cain, קין, qin, sums to 160 by gematria. Another term summing to 160 is צלם, tzlem, ‘shadow, to cast a shadow.’ Tzlem is also the root of the word צלמות, tzlemoth, ‘distress, great darkness’; so many shades hinting seemingly sinister implications. Nor is this all.

 

       Literal Qabalists also consider the temurah of קין, which letters would be ד מ ט. There are no immediate expressions for any combination of these letters, but it is the number behind these new letters that hint other suggestions. With this case the summation of D M T by Hebrew gematria is 53, and one word with that number is חמה, chemah, ‘anger, wrath.’

 

       Furthermore, we are told, Cain was a tiller of the ‘ground or soil.’ The Hebrew word is אדמה, adamah, ‘earth, soil, ground.’ In alchemical and Rosicrucian writings we come to the term Terra Adamica, ‘the earthly man.’ These references have nothing to do with farming actually, but imply a person (like you and I) whose consciousness is primarily focused on the physical world and preoccupied with worldly endeavors. Adamah sums to 50 by gematria and is equal to חבלי, khobli, ‘pains, sorrows,’ and about sums up the fate of us all with regard our earthly enterprises. Couple this with the 'anger' so many of us carry. More on Cain a little later.

 

       But now we come to his ‘brother’ Abel. A standard Hebrew dictionary and the Dictionary of Targumim, Talmud and Midrashic Literature defines Abel, הבל, hevel, as ‘vapor, air, breath.’ Its gematria sums to 37 and equal to יחידה, yekidah, ‘the Indivisible,’ one title for Kether on the Tree. The Aramaic word for God, אלאה, Alah, sums to 37, as does גדל, gadal, ‘to grow stronger; to develop, to flourish; to increase, to multiply.’ And לבה, lava, ‘heart, core.’

 

       The temurah of Abel, הבל, renders the new letters צ ש כ, which sum to 410. Several ideas surface as with משכן, mish’kan, (literary) ‘dwelling, habitation, residence;’ ha mshkhn (from Jewish history) is the Tabernacle (the portable temple built in the desert after the Exodus from Egypt). Then there is שמע, shamo, ‘to hear,’ and with different vowel points, Sh’m’a, ‘the confession of Faith and God’s Unity.’ And finally, הרהר, harhar, ‘to reflect, meditate.’

 

       About Abel we are told he was ‘a keeper of flocks.’ Flock in Hebrew is צאן, tzan, which sums to 141. Equal to this is נאמן, ne-emen, ‘loyal, faithful, reliable, devoted.’ Ne-emen is also the name of the 22nd Path on the Tree of Life, ‘The Faithful Intelligence,’ recorded in Sepher Yetzirah,

 

       When a Literal Qabalist puts all these hints and associations together it should not be too surprising to discover that Cain and Abel are much closer than twins. They are one and the same person, you and I.

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