Cain, Abel, and brutism

Kalman P. Bland

in Scriptural Exegesis

Published in print February 2009 | ISBN: 9780199206575
Published online May 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191709678 | DOI:
Cain, Abel, and brutism

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This chapter explores Maimonides' claims about the lack of humanity in Cain and Abel, and the bestial nature of all humankind. Drawing on bible, midrash, philosophy, and kabbalistic sources, the chapter reflects a breadth of approach and interests akin to Fishbane's own writings.

Keywords: Cain and Abel; Maimonides; humanity; Brutism

Chapter.  10150 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies ; Judaism and Jewish Studies

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