Cain and Abel
Cain and Abel brought offerings to God, and God only accepted Abel’s offering. Cain became angry with Abel and killed him.
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Murder; Murderer
Murder; Murderer[Heb rāṣaḥ (Nu. 35:16–31; Jgs. 20:4; Dt. 22:26; 2 K. 6:32; Job 24:14; Ps. 94:6; Isa. 1:21; Jer. 7:9; Hos. 6:9), hārag̱ (1 K. 2:5; 2 K. 9:31; Ps. 10:8; Jer. 4:31), hiphil of mûṯ (Jer. 41:4), hiphil of nāḵâ (2 K. 14:6), pl of dām—‘blood’ (Hos. 4:2); AV also SLAY, KILLING; NEB
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
murder. Protection from murder is a central part of God’s covenantal blessing to Noah after the flood; God will seek blood for a human being’s blood, whether the latter is shed by an animal or by another human being (Gen. 9:4–6), for human beings were created in God’s image. In the Ten Commandments,
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
MURDER. The following observations cover the essential facts concerning the biblical teaching about murder.1. A person who murders another must die because he has destroyed God’s “image” in another man (Gen 9:6). Human government has the right to exact the death penalty (Num 35:33; Jn 19:10 f.; Rom
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
MurderStrictly speaking, the willful or premeditated deprivation of human life. Because of the complications of determining motive, the discussion of murder in the Bible is placed in a broader context of the deprivation of life. A basic distinction is made between premeditation and an act of God (Exod.
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Murder. †Under the basic prohibition of taking human life (Exod. 20:13), the pentateuchal codes distinguish homicide punishable by death (cf. Gen. 9:5–6) from accidental and justified homicide. Murder was punishable by death if an object was intentionally struck against or thrown at the victim, if
Catholic Bible Dictionary
MURDER Taking the life of the innocent is condemned in the Ten Commandments, which mandates without qualification: “You shall not kill” (Exod 20:13; Deut 5:17). Murder is a sin against God and a crime against the dignity of the human person, who is made in God’s image (Gen 9:5–6). The Law of Moses distinguishes
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Murder. The law of Moses, while it protected the accidental homicide, defined with additional strictness the crime of murder. It prohibited compensation or reprieve of the murderer, or his protection if he took refuge in the refuge city, or even at the altar of Jehovah. Ex. 21:12, 14; Lev. 24:17, 21;
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
MURDER (Heb. rāṣaḥ, to “kill”). From the very beginning of human history murder has been considered one of the greatest of crimes. The principle on which the act of taking the life of a human being was regarded by the Almighty as a capital offense is stated on its highest ground as an outrage on the
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
MurderWilful murder was distinguished from accidental homicide, and was invariably visited with capital punishment (Num. 35:16, 18, 21, 31; Lev. 24:17). This law in its principle is founded on the fact of man’s having been made in the likeness of God (Gen. 9:5, 6; John 8:44; 1 John 3:12, 15). The Mosiac
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Murdermurder, the taking of another human being’s life illegally. Protection from killing is a central part of God’s covenantal blessing to Noah after the Flood; God himself will seek blood for a human being’s blood, whether the latter is shed by an animal or another human being (Gen. 9:4–6), for human
Key passages
Ge 4:1–8

Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain. And she said, “I have given birth to a man with the help of Yahweh.” Then she bore his brother Abel. And Abel became a keeper of sheep, and Cain became a tiller of the ground. And in the course of time Cain …

See also
Heb 11:4; 1 Jn 3:12; Jud 11;
See also
Important Things
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