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From where did Cain get his wife?

Indirectly, even for a beginner it's clear that outside the Garden of Eden some people lived. One may find more things about this in the story of Abel and Cain. This is nonsense since Adam is supposed to be the first man ever. How is that possible?

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marked as duplicate by Wikis, Andrew Leach, Caleb Oct 5 '12 at 11:00

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Your questions need to show your research, I'm afraid. Why is it "clear"? What is "indirect"? I have some idea of what you're talking about, but you can help the answer by giving more detail in the question. Have you considered that God could have created other people? The Bible does not say that he didn't; it only mentions the characters important to the story. –  Andrew Leach Oct 5 '12 at 8:34
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Normally, duplicates appear in a highlight in the question space. In this case it's From where did Cain get his wife? -- as linked in Wiki's comment. Links are blue and not underlined. –  Andrew Leach Oct 5 '12 at 9:51
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In that case, please expand it to make that clear. I refer you to my first comment. –  Andrew Leach Oct 5 '12 at 10:00
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This question need some work before it is reasonably answered. Please take advantage of our community in Christianity Chat or here in comment to help you find a specific enough direction for this. One half of the question is completely unclear, so I could have closed this is "not a real question" because of the vague, broad nature and lack of references. Because the other half was a duplicate of a previous question, I have closed as a duplicate for now. –  Caleb Oct 5 '12 at 11:02
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Communication isn't just about you. What's in your head may be clear to you, but what we are saying as outside observers is that in reading your questions, there is not enough specific detail for them to be clear. We aren't treating everybody the same, we're responding to your questions individually based on their own current merits -- and encouraging you to improve them and giving you directions for that to happen. Insulting the people trying to help you isn't going to help your cause. There are a lot of experienced folks here that can help show you the ropes. Please listen to them. –  Caleb Oct 5 '12 at 11:13

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The story of the Garden of Eden is only 3 chapters in Genesis. These should be read thoroughly, for as Walter Bruggeman said, one cannot over interpret them.

In a plain reading, however, the sense is that there was no one other than Adam and Eve. The idea that there were others has no basis and nothing to suggest itself.

Indeed, Adam was alone, and God found it good to make him a companion, per Genesis 2.

Adam had a job - namely to name the animals and steward the Garden. These were jobs that could be done alone.

Adam also had free access to God's undivided presence, which human terms (prior to the idea of omnipresence) would have implied aloneness.

Expulsion from the Garden was inherently an act of exile from the known populated to the unknown. God speaks of the ground and the brambles, but not of other people. As an angel of the Lord was placed to keep anyone from entering the Garden, one can presume the Garden itself was depopulated of humans

In contrast, when Cain goes into exile, he does fear that others would kill him, which would lead one to suspect that Adam was at least unaware of other people.

In short, while your theory is novel, it is completely unsupported by the text.

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I'm convinced that my theory is absolutely real. Otherwise, things described there have no sense. Even so, I accept that I might be wrong (a very small possibility). –  Chris's sister Oct 5 '12 at 11:11
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@Chris'ssister: Are you hear to learn about Christianity's views or soapbox your own? (Note this isn't even about truth -- this site isn't for determining that.) All this site is good for is learning about Christianity's views and coming to understand all the doctrines, beliefs and practices of Christianity. This answer accurately summarizes a Biblical and Christian view. There are various divergent minority views but your question is not focused on those, you asked a very general one and got a very good general answer. If that's a problem, you might be asking questions for the wrong reason. –  Caleb Oct 5 '12 at 11:21
    
@Caleb: the answer doesn't explain at all the biblical events. I accept that it's a good try and I appreciate this. –  Chris's sister Oct 5 '12 at 11:27
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@Chris'ssister: Then edit your question to ask about a specific event. (And be prepared to accept an answer that represents Christianity's take on that event.) –  Caleb Oct 5 '12 at 11:28
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@Caleb: do you think it's a good question to ask something like "Was Adam black or white?"? For me it would be a good question! –  Chris's sister Oct 5 '12 at 11:31

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