Responsibility and Liberty in Genesis 4: Cain and Abel


Through an examination of primary texts and contemporary analysis and literature, this seminar dealt with the freedom of Cain to choose how to act, and the dimensions of what responsible action entails.


Conference Readings

Alter, Robert, eds. Genesis: Translation and Commentary. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2006.

The Qur'an. Translated by M. A. S. Abdel Haleem. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004.

The Five Books of Moses. Translated by Everett Fox. New York City: Schocken Books, 1995.

Blake, William. The Complete Poetry and Prose of William Blake. Edited by David V. Erdman. New York City: Anchor Books, 1988.

Calvin, John. Commentaries on the First Book of Moses called Genesis. Translated by John King. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1948.

Conrad, Joseph. Selected Short Stories. Edited by Keith Carabine. Ware, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom: Wordsworth Editions Limited, 1997.

Ginzberg, Louis. The Legends of the Jews, Volume I. Philadelphia: The Jewish Publication Society of America, 1968.

Hanauer, J. E. Folk-Lore of the Holy Land: Moslem, Christian and Jewish. Edited by Marmaduke Pickthall. London: Duckworth & Co., 1907.

Josephus. Jewish Antiquities. Translated by H. St. J. Thackeray. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2001.

Kass, Leon R. The Beginning of Wisdom: Reading Genesis. New York City: Free Press, 2003.

Leland, Charles Godfrey. Legends of Florence. London: David Nutt, 1910.

Lord Byron, “Cain: A Mystery” In The Works of Lord Byron, Volume 8, edited by Richard Henry Stoddard, 3-107 and "Notes" 373-399. Boston: Francis A. Niccolls & Co., 1900.

Saint Augustine. The City of God. Translated by Marcus Dods. New York: Modern Library, 1993.

Sheykh-Zada. The History of the Forty Vezirs. Translated by E. J. W. Gibb. London: George Redway, 1887.

Steinbeck, John. East of Eden. New York City: Penguin Books, 2002.

Wiesel, Elie. Messengers of God: Biblical Portraits and Legends. New York City: Simon & Schuster, 1976.