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1. Son of Enos and father of Mahalaleel. Genesis 5:9-11 ; Luke 3:37 . Called KENAN in 1 Chronicles 1:2 .

2. Son of Arphaxad and father of Sala. Luke 3:36 . This is commonly called the 'second' Cainan (because of the earlier one mentioned in Luke 3:37 ) and is remarkable in that it does not occur in the Hebrew, Samaritan Pentateuch, Vulgate, Syriac, nor Arabic texts in Genesis 10:24 ; Genesis 11:12 ; 1 Chronicles 1:18 ; but it is in the LXX, from which it may have found its way into the gospel of Luke, unless, as some suppose, it was added in the later copies of the LXX because of being found in Luke. In the genealogy of Matthew some names are omitted to make up the three times 'fourteen,' — equalling 6 times 7; so in Luke this name of Cainan may have been added from some list not recorded in the O.T., to make 77 names, 11 times 7.


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Morrish, George. Entry for 'Cainan'. Morrish Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/mbd/c/cainan.html. 1897.

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