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Genesis, a book of beginnings, contains many mysteries. For example, very little information is offered about Cain's wife. The only thing the Bible states about her is found in Genesis 4:16-17, about how "Cain went to the land of Nod and knew his wife." From this verse, the impression may be given that other people existed in the world who were not descendants of Adam and Eve; therefore, this generates a great deal of speculation about her origins.

The first chapter of Genesis explains how God created the earth and how, on the sixth day created, man in His own image and names him Adam. Afterwards, He created a companion for Adam, a woman who Adam named Eve, which in Hebrew means the mother of all living things. The Bible confirms that there "was only one man at the beginning, made from dust of the earth" (Genesis 2:7), and Adam was "the first man" (Corinthians 15:45).

Those verses clearly state that Adam and Eve were the only humans on earth. God is pleased with His creation of Adam and Eve and commanded them "to be fruitful, and multiply and replenish the earth" (Genesis 1:28) In other words, since Adam and Eve are the only two humans God actually created, God gives them the responsibility of populating the earth by reproducing.

Even though the Bible mentions only three of Adam's sons by name (Cain, Abel, and Seth), we know Adam and Eve had other children. The Jewish Historian Josephus stated, "The number of Adam's children, as says the old tradition, was thirty-three sons and twenty-three daughters." (27) Considering how long lives actually were during that period of time, no one knows for sure how many children Adam and Eve actually had. Remember that God commanded them to "be fruitful and...