Abel, a keeper of sheep, is the second son of Adam and Eve (Genesis4:2 KJV). The name Abel is believed to mean “breath”. This could have been because of Abel’s shortness of life since he was killed by his brother, Cain (Genesis 4:8 KJV).
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Abel and his Righteous Offering
Cain and Abel are both sons of Adam and Eve. Though they are brothers, they are not the same. Abel is a keeper of sheep while Cain is a tiller of the ground.
The time came that they each brought offerings to the Lord. Cain brought fruits from the soil and offered them to God, while Abel offered selected fat firstlings of sheep. God respected Abel’s offering but not Cain’s and this angered Cain. Cain’s countenance fell. Eventually he slew his own brother, Abel. (Genesis 4:1-8 KJV)
The Bible does not give the age of Adam when Abel was born so he is placed on the Biblical Timeline chart between the creation of Adam (4004 BC) and the birth of Seth (3874 BC).
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