As some of my readers know, I have been looking at the story of Cain and Abel for several years. I have published several articles and a monograph on the topic. My interest is not in the story in Genesis so much, but what later interpreters did with the story.
Since most of my work is in academic journals and a very expensive book, it is not always as accessible as I would like. But over the last few few weeks I presented some of my work at a conference and had an essay published that I can now make available online.
The paper I gave at the Eastern Great Lakes Biblical Society looks at the problem of sin and death in the world. In Romans 5 Paul lays the blame at the feet of Adam. But I demonstrate that other interpreters blamed Cain. You can download an audio file of my talk here.
I also had an essay published in Craig A. Evans, Joel N. Lohr, and David L. Petersen, eds., The Book of Genesis: Composition, Reception, and Interpretation (VTSup 152; Leiden: Brill, 2012). The title of my essay is Cain and Abel in Second Temple Literature and Beyond. In this essay I provide an overview of some of the ways that the story was interpreted by Jews and Christians. You can read the essay here.
Also, I gave a talk back in January on Rewritten Bible in which my work on Cain and Abel was central. You can watch that here.
Finally, an article I published in Biblica in 2007 is also available online. This article looks at the mention of Cain in 1 John 3. Read it here.
I would be glad to hear any comments or reactions to my work.