Of Cain and Abel
The story of Cain and Abel is told in Genesis iv. Cain
was the elder brother, and Abel the younger, and Cain killed Abel. The
Egyptian story of Typhon and Osiris, and the Jewish story in Genesis of
Cain and Abel, have the appearance of being the same story differently
told, and that it came originally from Egypt.
In the Egyptian story, Typhon and Osiris are brothers;
Typhon is the elder, and Osiris the younger, and Typhon kills Osiris.
The story is an allegory on Darkness and Light: Typhon, the elder
brother, is Darkness, because Darkness was supposed to be more ancient
than Light: Osiris is the Good Light who rules during the summer months,
and brings forth the fruits of the earth, and is the favorite, as Abel
is said to have been; for which Typhon hates him; and when the winter
comes, and cold and darkness overspread the earth, Typhon is represented
as having killed Osiris out of malice, as Cain is said to have killed
The two stories are alike in their circumstances and
their event, and are probably but the same story. What corroborates this
opinion is, that the fifth chapter of Genesis historically contradicts
the reality of the story of Cain and Abel in the fourth chapter; for
though the name of Seth, a son of Adam, is mentioned in the fourth
chapter, he is spoken of in the fifth chapter as if he was the firstborn
of Adam. The chapter begins thus:
This is the book of the
generations of Adam. In the
day that God created man, in the likeness of God created He him; Male
and female created he them, and blessed them, and called their name
Adam, in the day when they were created.
And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years and begat a son, in
his own likeness and after his image, and called his name
Seth." The rest of the
chapter goes on with the genealogy.
Anybody reading this chapter, cannot suppose there
were any sons born before Seth.
The chapter begins with what is called
the creation of Adam, and
calls itself the book of the
generation of Adam, yet no mention is made of such persons as Cain
One thing however is evident on the face of these two
chapters, which is, that the same person is not the writer of both; the
most blundering historian could not have committed himself in such a
Though I look on everything in the first ten chapters of Genesis to be fiction, yet fiction historically told should be consistent; whereas these two chapters are not. The Cain and Abel of Genesis appear to be no other than the ancient Egyptian story of Typhon and Osiris, the Darkness and the Light, which answered very well as an allegory without being believed as a fact.
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