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Abel,

in the Bible, son of Adam and Eve, a shepherd, killed by his older brother, Cain; in the Gospel of St. Matthew, mentioned as the first martyr.

Abel,

in the Bible. 1 Ostensibly a place name. The RSV text does not give the name. 2 See Abel-beth-maachahAbel-beth-maachah
, town, ancient Palestine, the modern Tel Abil (Israel), S of Metulla. In the Bible, it was attacked by Behadad and taken by Tiglathpileser.
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Abel

 

a biblical mythological character, the second son of Adam and Eve; a shepherd. His older brother Cain, a tiller of the soil, killed him in a jealous rage when Yahweh preferred Abel’s sacrifice. In the Judaeo-Christian tradition Abel is the image of a meek and innocent victim of cruelty.

Abel

Old Testament the second son of Adam and Eve, a shepherd, murdered by his brother Cain (Genesis 4:1--8)
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What followed was a nightmarish excursion in which Abel was mysteriously and repeatedly drawn off the familiar road by "a guide unseen and unheard, though irresistible.
As with every other decision that he had made in recent months, Abel immediately regretted his bloody act: "I now, for the first time, felt alive to the impropriety of my conduct, and the enormity of a crime, which I had before considered at most, as a painful duty.
After a last desperate plea from his mother that he not take his own life, Abel went off listlessly.
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