A-Z: General definitions: Abel


The second son of Adam and Eve & nomadic shepherd. Abel and his brother Cain made sacrifices to God. Abel's was accepted; Cain's was rejected. So Cain murdered Abel, who was an innocent victim (Genesis 4:1-10). As a shepherd and innocent victim, Abel can be seen to prefigure Jesus the Good Shepherd who is presented in the New Testament as dying for the sins of others.

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Big ideas: Cain and Abel; Sheep, shepherd, and lamb

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