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Genesis 4:16 "And Cain knew his wife and she conceived and bore Enoch" Why does the wife of Cain not have an identity?

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    There are many persons mentioned in scripture who are not named. Manoah's wife, for example, in Judges 13. Why do you specifically focus on Cain's wife, may I ask ? – Nigel J Oct 8 at 5:43
  • Nigel you are confusing NAME with IDENTITY. These are not synonymous. It is just possible that by answering this question you may be able to answer a host of unanswered questions going back a millennia or two or three. – logic Oct 8 at 13:08
  • Name and identity in Hebrew were the same. All names denote the identity of the person, they are not just strings of letters as in modern English and other languages. Name in Hebrew means identity, character, authority, reputation, etc. Just like in English "make a name for myself" refers to publicizing your product or business, getting a reputation. It doesn't mean being called something else, or that you lack a name. For example, does Hawah (Eve) tell you anything more than the narrative ('was Adam's wife' and thus 'mother of all the living') does: "for she was the mother of all the living?" – Sola Gratia Oct 8 at 17:12
  • I understand what you are saying but without getting into semantics I really did mean identity not the name. By way of example in a cowboy movie you would say that is a red indian not necessarily meaning that his name is Red or his surname Indian. – logic Oct 9 at 0:43
  • Well in that sense she does have an identity. In the narrative she is identified as Cain's wife. Reading the responses so far, I think you need to be clearer in your question. For example, you could give a specific biblical illustration. If she had the kind of identity you are looking for, how might the story line be different? – Peter Kirkpatrick Oct 9 at 1:48

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