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  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  Abel 
  n  :  Cain  and  Abel  were  the  first  children  of  Adam  and  Eve  born 
  after  the  Fall  of  Man;  Abel  was  killed  by  Cain  [syn:  {Abel}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Abel 
  (Heb.  Hebhel),  a  breath,  or  vanity,  the  second  son  of  Adam  and 
  Eve.  He  was  put  to  death  by  his  brother  Cain  (Gen.  4:1-16). 
  Guided  by  the  instruction  of  their  father,  the  two  brothers  were 
  trained  in  the  duty  of  worshipping  God.  "And  in  process  of  time" 
  (marg.  "at  the  end  of  days",  i.e.,  on  the  Sabbath)  each  of  them 
  offered  up  to  God  of  the  first-fruits  of  his  labours.  Cain,  as  a 
  husbandman,  offered  the  fruits  of  the  field;  Abel,  as  a 
  shepherd,  of  the  firstlings  of  his  flock.  "The  Lord  had  respect 
  unto  Abel  and  his  offering;  but  unto  Cain  and  his  offering  he 
  had  not  respect"  (Gen.  4:3-5).  On  this  account  Cain  was  angry 
  with  his  brother,  and  formed  the  design  of  putting  him  to  death; 
  a  design  which  he  at  length  found  an  opportunity  of  carrying 
  into  effect  (Gen.  4:8,9.  Comp.  1  John  3:12).  There  are  several 
  references  to  Abel  in  the  New  Testament.  Our  Saviour  speaks  of 
  him  as  righteous"  (Matt.  23:35).  "The  blood  of  sprinkling"  is 
  said  to  speak  "better  things  than  that  of  Abel"  (Heb.  12:24); 
  i.e.,  the  blood  of  Jesus  is  the  reality  of  which  the  blood  of 
  the  offering  made  by  Abel  was  only  the  type  The  comparison  here 
  is  between  the  sacrifice  offered  by  Christ  and  that  offered  by 
  Abel,  and  not  between  the  blood  of  Christ  calling  for  mercy  and 
  the  blood  of  the  murdered  Abel  calling  for  vengeance,  as  has 
  sometimes  been  supposed.  It  is  also  said  (Heb.  11:4)  that  "Abel 
  offered  unto  God  a  more  excellent  sacrifice  than  Cain."  This 
  sacrifice  was  made  "by  faith;"  this  faith  rested  in  God,  not 
  only  as  the  Creator  and  the  God  of  providence,  but  especially  in 
  God  as  the  great  Redeemer,  whose  sacrifice  was  typified  by  the 
  sacrifices  which  no  doubt  by  the  divine  institution,  were 
  offered  from  the  days  of  Adam  downward.  On  account  of  that 
  faith"  which  looked  forward  to  the  great  atoning  sacrifice, 
  Abel's  offering  was  accepted  of  God.  Cain's  offering  had  no  such 
  reference,  and  therefore  was  rejected.  Abel  was  the  first 
  martyr,  as  he  was  the  first  of  our  race  to  die. 
 
  Abel  (Heb.  'abhel),  lamentation  (1  Sam.  6:18),  the  name  given 
  to  the  great  stone  in  Joshua's  field  whereon  the  ark  was  "set 
  down."  The  Revised  Version,  however,  following  the  Targum  and 
  the  LXX.,  reads  in  the  Hebrew  text  _'ebhen_  (=  a  stone),  and 
  accordingly  translates  "unto  the  great  stone,  whereon  they  set 
  down  the  ark."  This  reading  is  to  be  preferred. 
 
  Abel  (Heb.  'abhel),  a  grassy  place  a  meadow.  This  word  enters 
  into  the  composition  of  the  following  words: 
 
 
  From  Hitchcock's  Bible  Names  Dictionary  (late  1800's)  [hitchcock]: 
 
  Abel,  vanity;  breath;  vapor 
 
 
  From  Hitchcock's  Bible  Names  Dictionary  (late  1800's)  [hitchcock]: 
 
  Abel,  a  city;  mourning 
 
 
  From  V.E.R.A.  --  Virtual  Entity  of  Relevant  Acronyms  13  March  2001  [vera]: 
 
  ABEL 
  Advanced  Boolean  Expression  Language 
 
 




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