Chapter 2. The Daughters of Cain
Male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish and the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
What Genesis records and what is does not record is puzzling, simply because if Cain and his progeny were indeed thoroughly corrupted, why would Scripture have diligently recorded for all time their accomplishments? Why wouldn’t Scripture only have focused on the righteous accomplishments of Seth’s progeny? Moreover, why would Scripture not have diligently recorded the iniquitous exploits of Cain’s posterity as a matter of theological and historical record for all generations to contemplate? We do not find the answers to these puzzling questions in the biblical text.
Biblically undocumented transgressions by Cain’s descendants are then summarily drafted in standard Christian theology as the source for evil and violence. And thus they are seen as willing partners, who helped spawn the Nephilim race of giants-via the copulation of the degenerate daughters of Cain with the enlightened sons of Seth. But since Genesis does not explicitly cite this either, this conclusion is nothing more than conjecture, unless other sources can substantiate it.
Indeed, there are other sources that we can look to in establishing that Cain’s progeny were a corrupt and vile branch of Adam’s posterity, who were willing participants in violating the sacred laws of creation. We can also find out just who the sons of God were.
Let us begin with summarizing Genesis’s account of the posterity of Cain. Cain bore a son, Enoch, and Cain named the city he built after him. Enoch bore Irad, who bore Mehujael, who bore Methushal, who was the father of Lamech. Lamech married two women, Adah and Zillah, and was thereby pronounced the first polygamist, a violation of the law that the Nephilim would later prize as a cornerstone of their rebellious culture. Adah gave birth to Jabal, the first nomad who raised livestock. Adah also gave birth to another son, Jubal, the first to create the art of music. The second wife, Zillah, bore one son, Tubal-Cain, who was credited with inventing smithcraft. Zillah also bore a daughter named Naamah, but Genesis does not accredit Naamah with inventing anything.
The account of Cain’s progeny ends with Lamech, stating he killed a man for wounding him, and that if his ancestor Cain was sentenced to suffer seven times over, then he would be judged to suffer seventy-seven times over.
Although this account does provide some transgressions, such as the polygamy of Lamech and the killing of a man by Lamech, compounded by the sin of murder by Lamech’s ancestor Cain, it does not establish requisite groundwork for the level of violence and corruption compiled by the tenth generation, particularly when one considers the sons and daughters of Lamech form the sixth generation. And as I have already noted, the erosion of righteousness took hold during the first seven generations, when it gripped the posterity of Seth, corrupting the righteous branch almost completely by the tenth generation. Therefore, something more must have been taking place in the lineage of Cain to so corrupt his posterity, in addition to crossing the genealogical branches of Cain and Seth, or another outside source must have been at work as the source of this corruption. Cain was thought to have traveled over many countries with his wife, finally establishing a city he named Nod, where he and his wife settled and had children.
Louis Ginzberg, author of Legends of the Bible, notes that Cain built monuments to immortalize his name, as well as sixty cities, all with walls, thereby suggesting military fortresses. Josephus interjects that Cain did not accept judgment or punishment from God for murdering Abel. Cain did not repent but rather increased his transgressions and wickedness, procuring everything for his own pleasure, even though it obliged him to be injurious to his neighbors. Cain became wealthy through plundering his neighbors with violence and robbing them of all that he could pillage. Cain further urged his followers to do the same; he became a great leader of men, leading them into wickedness. Who were these plundering hordes led by Cain? Where did they come from?
Josephus wrote that Cain introduced weights and measures into the world, where before the introduction of this system, humankind lived innocently and generously. Cain led humans from innocence into cunning craftiness, where all things were weighed and measured. He established boundaries for all lands and established many cities with fortified walls, naming one Enoch after his eldest son. Ginzberg suggests that Cain sinned to secure his own pleasure, even though he severely injured his neighbors. Cain was likely one of the proponents for violence and war in the antediluvian world. Josephus and Ginzberg both label Cain as the father of evil, violence, and corruption. These accounts stray significantly from the Genesis account, where Cain was not overtly charged with corrupting the antediluvian world. It was implied so subtly that one may wish to look closer at Cain for impropriety. With Cain planting these kinds of seeds in just the second generation, it is not difficult to conceive the entire antediluvian world, other than the lineage of Seth, being totally corrupted by the sixth generation, with Seth’s posterity being completely corrupted by Cain’s descendants from the seventh to the tenth generations and after the Nephilim incident. With the arrival of Lamech, however, antediluvian life became interesting. Josephus recorded, just as the author of Genesis recorded, that Lamech became the first recorded polygamist, marrying both Zillah and Adah. Altogether, they procreated seventy-seven children. Lamech was also noted as being very skilled in the art of divine revelation. Of those seventy-seven children, three were noteworthy by Josephus’s standards.
Jubal, son of Adah, specialized in music, inventing musical instruments. Tubal-Cain, son of Zillah, exceeded all other men in strength and excelled in the martial arts, foreshadowing characteristics of the Nephilim. Josephus noted Tubal-Cain as procuring the pleasures of the body through his natural attributes, again foreshadowing another characteristic of the Nephilim. No doubt, Tubal-Cain also inherited and embellished all the sins and corruption of his forefather Cain, as witnessed by his name. Josephus then credits Tubal-Cain with inventing the art of manufacturing brass. Nelson’s Bible Dictionary defines Cain as meaning “a metal worker,” thereby attributing Tubal to being his first name, and Cain denoting his expertise, just as his forefather must have been some form of metalworker or smith. The third distinguished progeny was the daughter of Zillah, Naamah, meaning “pleasant.”16 Josephus does not credit anything special to Naamah, but again, to be noted in the Bible, one must be worthy of either good or evil.
Josephus went on to strike deep into the character of Cain’s posterity: Even while Adam was still alive, it came to pass that the posterity of Cain became exceedingly wicked, everyone successfully dying, one after another, more wicked than the former. They were intolerable in war, and vehement in robberies; and if anyone was slow to murder people, yet was he bold in his immoral behavior, in acting unjustly, and doing injuries for gain.
They were, indeed, their father’s sons and daughters. Corroborating evidence from non-Biblical sources more than fills in the blanks left by Genesis. Josephus described Cain’s posterity as despicable to the bone—a vile branch that degenerated into more iniquity with each passing generation.
By the sixth generation, Cain’s rebellious posterity was a human cesspool, looking to spawn a great evil into the antediluvian world. And of course, they succeeded. But before we continue with that, it is time to enter the Freemasonry Brotherhood and its legends into the mystery.
The Dowland Manuscript of the Legend of the Craft lists the Seven Liberal Sciences: “Grammere” to teach humankind to both speak and write truly; “Rhethoricke” to teach humankind to speak in subtle terms; “Dialectyke” to teach humankind to discern between truth and falsehoods; “Arithmeticke” to teach humankind to compute all manner of numbers; “Geometrie” to teach humankind to measure the earth and all things (this is the Science of Masonry); “Musicke” to teach humankind song and the language of musical instruments; and finally, “Astronomye” to teach humankind the course of the planets and stars.18 Rhetoric’s original state was the art of persuasion, while grammar was the molding and education of men through reading.
Note how several of these sciences were unexplainably credited to Lamech’s children in Genesis and Josephus.