The Lineage Of Cain
The lineage of Cain is as follows. Cain fathered a son named E’-noch. A great city built by Cain was named after Enoch. Clearly, Cain would have passed construction skills down to his offspring. Then, Enoch fathered I’-rad; Irad fathered Me-hu’-ja-el; Mehujael fathered Me-thu’-sa-el; Methusael fathered La’-mech. Lamech had
two named wives: A’-dah and Zillah whom had several named sons and a named daughter.
Lamech and Adah had Ja’-bal and Ju‘-bal. Jabal dwelt in tents and raised cattle. He understood the food requirements of livestock, and in general, how to care for grazing animals. In addition, he may have made fabrics and rope. These skills were clearly useful to Noah. Ju’-bal was a musician and played the harp and flute. He may have provided training in that which soothes the nerves in what was sure to be a stressful year for Noah and his family.
Lamech and his other wife Zillah had Tu’-bal-cain, and a daughter called Na’-a-mah. Tubalcain knew how to refine and shape brass and iron. His skills were certainly useful to Noah during the ship’s construction. There are many areas of tool making, rudimentary fastener manufacture, etc., in which Tubalcain’s skills were sure to have been applied. There is archaeological evidence of iron smelting that pre-dated the more modern bronze and iron ages (described later). Naamah’s skills are not mentioned. She may have been a willing hand in many essential parts of the ship’s construction.
2.3 The lineage of Seth.
Beginning with Genesis 5:1, the family tree of Seth, Adam and Eve’s third son, is chronicled. This family tree is intended to show a direct lineage of Noah from Adam and Eve and is detailed enough to be usable as a timeline. After the birth of Seth, Adam and Eve had other sons and daughters that are not listed.
Continuing, Seth fathered E’-nos; Enos fathered Ca-i’-nan; Cainan fathered Ma-hal’-a-leel; Mahalaleel fathered Jar’-ed; Jared fathered E’-noch; and Enoch fathered Me-thu’-se-lah. It is interesting to note that Methuselah was about one hundred eighty years old when Adam died. They would certainly have known each other. Then, Methuselah fathered La’-mech a few years after Adam died. Lamech fathered Noah. Lamech’s wife is un-named. Finally, Noah and his unnamed wife had three sons: Shem, Ham, and Ja’-pheth. Noah’s three sons had un-named wives but had no children until after the upcoming flood.
Methuselah died shortly before the flood and had known all the generations of descendants of Adam and Eve.
Some biblical “literalists” claim that this genealogy is somehow out of order. They change the order to explain the existence of Cain’s wife. Those would-be literalists do not readily accept the literal order of the stated lineages. The contorted order of lineage reeks of their beloved mythology; the literal lineage shows that other beings existed in addition to the Adam and Eve bloodline. The literal wording and order is correct if the Bible is what it claims to be.
Naamah, Adah, and Zillah were the only female names listed in the two family trees- except for Eve. One should assume they had done things worthy of mention. It is also possible that they themselves were of the bloodline of Adam and Eve and had proper birth names, while other women were from the separate but intermingled Homines sapientes population, and had no proper names. Adam and Eve named their children for God- a tradition that continued through the generations. Noah’s wife was not mentioned by name, nor were Noah’s sons’ wives. This may indicate they were not of the Adam and Eve bloodline.