This week, we will begin to cover Genesis 4–5. This is not a lot because you can skip chapter 5 after Genesis 5.1-2. Indeed, 5.1-2 seems to be real important.
So, what happens in Genesis 4? Well, this is the first sacrifice. The first jealousy. The first anger. The first murder. The third baby boy.
This is a set of stories that shows Cain and Abel in different cultural contexts.
This is a modern commentary, not necessarily Jewish or Christian.
One of the things you need to look at is 5.1-2 and how Seth, the third child of Adam and Eve re-creates Creation.
This is the book of the generations of Adam. When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God. Male and female he created them, and he blessed them and named them Man when they were created.
That returns us to Genesis 1.26–27 but adds to this. Now, we have a blessing and a naming.
Why does that happen? Why does the editor/author/redactor feel the need to restate this seminal point at the beginning of Seth’s line?