Cain and Abel — attributed to Vouet, and to Pietro Novell. Via Organelle.
“And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.
And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch.”- Genesis 4: 16-17
Okay, so, I have a couple questions for the Biblical scholars that read this blog. When I read about Cain leaving the presence of the Lord to enter the Land of Nod (and his finding a wife there), I begin thinking that this is a display of tribal thought. Genesis concerns the Israelites and their covenant and creation with their God.
However, I was raised as a protestant and don't know nearly enough about the Judaic tradition to be sure that I'm right. So, why were other tribes or social systems already abundant when Cain left for Nod? And, am I correct in assuming he was probably coming into contact with the early Canaanites?