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…that Qayin derived from the 1st millenium BC South Arabic word Qyn, and that Cain is not a name old enough in Bible times of the 2nd millenium. Is it plausible that this is in fact a correct approach? No, it's implausible, as Cain lived well before that and even the Torah that mentions him was given us before that.
The Torah clearly explains why Chava chose this name for her oldest kid: וְהָאָדָם יָדַע אֶת חַוָּה אִשְׁתּוֹ וַתַּהַר וַתֵּלֶד אֶת קַיִן וַתֹּאמֶר קָנִיתִי אִישׁ אֶת ה' "Chaya gave birth and called him Cain; [Hebrew for] I have created [Konithi] a person with Gcd". Why would you think it's plausible that Chava named him something else? What ...
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