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Chapter 13 The Cain Within Us (Thielicke)
Answer all of the following questions from chapter 13, Thielicke. 1. Identify the symbolism of “the space in which Cain lifts his ax and Abel falls lifeless to the ground”.
3The space is the beginning of wanting what others have, the start to a cycle of power and wealth that has continued throughout history. Unknowingly Cain and Abel created a pattern for which we can see everything of ourselves and all around us.

***This age-old story of Cain and Abel is the pattern for everything that we can see in ourselves and all around us. (Keep this pattern in mind as you analyze the rest of the chapter.)

2. To what “shock” (p188) is Thielicke referring?
A shock that occurs when you only read half the story of Cain and Abel, as you read the story it abruptly changes to “the Lord has regard for Abel”. Why did God approve of Abel’s offering but not Cain’s offering is the shock. Is it because Cain was a questionable character? 3. Why Cain did not “suit” God? (This is the key to understanding the Cain and Abel story).
When Cain’s countenance falls short, he begins to brood and devise mischief due to his egotistical self-asseration. 4. Does Thielicke view God as “capricious”? Explain.
No, Thielicke gives reason to why one might think God is unpredictable. Some people are extremely while others due as they might to walk straight find themselves with no luck. But as the reading continues he states that although the story of Cain and Abel is simply a skeleton with no elaborate narrative, the small details give way to a foundation of reason. 5. Cain’s name indicates that he represents __I have gotten a man__, as opposed to Abel’s name that represents __nothingness, frailty__ (Key to understanding Thielicke’s analysis of the Cain and Abel story.) Who is the quintessence of power and strength? ____Cain___....Who...

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