Episode 16

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14th Jan 2021

Gen 16: Cain Kills his brother

Book of Genesis #16

How do we explain the murder of Abel by Cain?

Did Cain truly kill his brother because his sacrifice was not accepted and Abel's sacrifice was accepted?

Certainly, this event was the catalyst that led Cain to kill but if we stop there we run the risk of not understanding Cain's motives and when we do not understand someone's motives, we can easily conclude that whatever caused him to act as he did does not concern us; we will not do as he did.

While murder is -- thank God -- far away from our daily lives other mortal sins can be closer: gluttony and lust are all too common and so is the root of all evil: pride. While they may not compare to murder, nevertheless they can land us in Hell if we die unrepentant. Therefore, whenever we encounter a sin we do not understand it is time to roll up our sleeves and study deeper and longer in order to receive the graces that God has reserved for us in Scripture.

Here we take a critical detour via the theory of mimesis that Rene Girard has developed and which helps us to unlock this difficult chapter and provide a rich and insightful explanation to seemingly strange utterance by God such as when he puts a mark on Cain's forehead after exiling him so that he may be protected. Why does God protect Cain when he clearly deserves to die for killing his brother? What is the purpose of this mark and why does God declare that anyone who kills Cain will face a sevenfold vengeance?

Rene Girard expounded his theory in a series of books culminating in his most important work things hidden since the foundation of time. This lecture provides an overview of his theory, explains why it is important, and shows how illuminating it can be when applied to Scripture. Using it we get to discern Cain's motive and understand what led him to kill his brother.

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Michael Mouawad

Michael Joseph Mouawad, aka Naji Mouawad, is a Lebanese-born Maronite. The Maronite Rite is one of the eastern rites of the Catholic Church under the authority of the Pope. The Maronites go back to Antioch and are disciples of Saint Maron--hence the name.

Michael is a husband and a father of seven children. He taught scripture at several churches in the San Diego Area. Predominantly, he taught the bible at Saint Ephrem Maronite Church, and at Saint Margaret in Ocean Side. He chose to teach Scripture for Catholics who wanted to deepen their understanding of the Word of God and who were willing to dive deep into the text. While these studies are not a verse-by-verse examination of the pages, they dive deep into the original meaning. The singular goal of this study is to help every Catholic to live a more biblically-centered life and to understand our present times in light of the Scriptures.

Qorbono--notice no u!--is a Syriac word that means the Mass and the Eucharist. This was the site that Michael maintained for years to share these bible studies with the world and now he is happy to make them available via podcasts for easier access and availability.

Michael is also the author of a high-fantasy epic--The Epic of Ahiram. He has already published five books of that epic and is working on publishing the remaining four. The Epic is evangelization via story-telling. It introduces essential Catholic concepts, including angels, demons, and transubstantiation to a generation of readers who may have grown up never hearing of or understanding these notions.

Michael is a professional Lead Software architect with over twenty years of experience in this field and loves writing code for his own use.