The passage on the mark of Cain. Genesis 4:8-16 (KJV):

8And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.

9And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper?

10And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground.

11And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand;

12When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.

13And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear.

14Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me.

15And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.

16And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.

 

I was reading through the Skeptic's Annotated Bible and the interpretations of this passage regarding the "mark of Cain". There are interpretations stating the mark of Cain was God turning Cain's skin black.

 

The Bible describes locations in the Middle East and northern Africa, could that be an effective interpretation? I'll go wildly out on a limb and ask what if the mark of Cain was actually the first white man? (Sticking with the Creationist theory in this regard, of course. :3)

 

(In a side note, I had a friend argue once that parts of Genesis proved the existence of vampires and succubi. For vampires he used this text, saying it was the "mark". There's also speculation that Eve wasn't *actually* the first woman in Eden. I digress.)

 

Anyway, what are your thoughts?

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From doing some research it seems that Mormons (at least in the beginning, not sure now) did/do hold the belief that the mark of Cain was black skin and anyone who is black is a descendant of Cain living under his curse.

 

There is no biblical telling of what his mark is or what form it is. It is generally accepted in theological circles that the mark of Cain was a warning to others  or that his curse was the he could no longer cultivate crops.

 

I know it is not a strong academic source, but this Wikipedia article shows modern and historical interpretations.

 

Source: Curse and mark of Cain

The southern slaveholders defended slavery, in part, by pointing out that people with black skin had the mark of Cain upon them.

The christian filth who control our country have argued things like this at least since my forefathers arrived in 1634.

Even if there were a mark of cain, remember noah's ark, and noah and his family were supposed to be pure or something like that, then figure out the rest. :)

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