[b-hebrew] Cain & Kenites
kwrandolph at email.com
Thu Apr 7 23:54:51 EDT 2005
The descendents of Cain were all killed off in the Flood, so we are not dealing with a tribal connection between them.
Secondly, though it was not that common, there are examples in Tanakh of people being given names that other people already had. Also we must not
leave out the possibility that QYNY may be a name that has its roots in a different language, and it is only by chance that it shared the same spelling as
the name for Cain in Hebrew.
Karl W. Randolph.
----- Original Message -----
From: tladatsi at charter.net
> I have some questions:
> 1) The term Kenite (kayin) is spelled exactly the same as
> the name of Adam's son Cain (kayin). Does this mean that
> the Kenites are supposed to be decendents Cain.
> 2) The plural of Kenite (kayin) is confusing. In Judges
> 4:11 Heber is called *the kenite* (ha-keyniy). The context
> seems singular but the spelling looks plural. The same is
> true in Judges 5:24. In contrast, Genesis 15:19 and 1Sa
> 15:6 the context and spelling both seem plural.
> 3) Conversely in the same passage says Heber moved away
> from the kenites (Kayin). Here it the context seem plural
> but the spelling looks singular.
> What am I missing?
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