How old was Abel when he was murdered?

Abel was at least 100 years old when he was murdered

After that Cain said to his brother Abel: “Let us go over into the field.” So while they were in the field, Cain assaulted his brother Abel and killed him.- Genesis 4:8

The Bible account does not give us his exact age at the time of his murder, but his approximate age can be deduced. Since the Bible records nothing in the way of history between the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the garden of Eden and their producing of their first two sons, Cain and Abel, it is reasonable to conclude that the boys were born within the space of a few years after their parents’ fall into sin. But as for the next-recorded events, leading to the death of Abel, it is written that these did not take place until after “the expiration of some time.” (Gen. 4:3) How much time?
Well, the third recorded son of Adam and his wife Eve was born shortly after Abel’s death and when Adam was 130 years of age. (Gen. 5:3) At the time of Seth’s birth Eve said: “God has appointed another seed in place of Abel because Cain killed him.” (Gen. 4:25) It is not at all likely that Eve would have said this if a great many years had intervened; she evidently desired a son to replace the murdered Abel, and so the birth of Seth must have occurred shortly after Abel’s death. It is possible, then, that Abel may have been as much as a hundred years old at the time of his martyrdom.

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  1. hava
    January 8

    “Cain was 100 years old when he killed Abel.”

    Not according to JW chronology. 1975 marks the end of the 6000 years after the creation of Adam and here we are in 2018, 43 years after 1975 and Adam is still a bachelor. 130 ( birth of Seth) – 100 (age of Cain) = 30 So, Adam would have had to become father to Cain at age 30. No way, Eve was not even created yet when Adam was 30 according to JW chronology.

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