Second son of Eve and Adam, he offered an animal sacrifice which was more pleasing to God than the sacrifice of his elder brother, Cain. His brother murdered him out of jealousy.
(HE-vel) n. 1. Abel, the third son of Adam and Eve. 2. Vanity; vapor; breath (Eccl. 1:2). Whether there is an etymological connection between Abel and the idea of breath or vanity is unclear.
Abel is the second child of Adam and Eve, murdered by his brother Cain in Genesis 4. Blake called the voice of Abel calling for vengeance the Ghost of Abel, the title of a late etched work (1822) inspired by Byron's Cain and Gessner's Death of Abel. Elsewhere Blake treated this incident as the origin of the law of retribution rather than forgiveness.
Killed by his brother Cain.
(Old Testament) Cain and Abel were the first children of Adam and Eve born after the Fall of Man; Abel was killed by Cain
The second son of Adam and the representative of God's side in human affairs. In absolute terms, Abel represents Adam before the fall, and the pure, original mind within fallen human beings. In the fallen world, Abel is relatively good, or close to God, compared with others around him (or her). From this position of closeness to God, Abel should serve Cain, winning him to God's side through love.
The second son of Adam and Eve; he was murdered by his brother Cain. See Chapter 1.
Abel is a biblical forename which may derive from the Hebrew Hebel, itself derived from hevel (breath or vapour), or from the Assyrian for son. In reference to the biblical story, the name Abel often occurs with that of his brother, as Cain and Abel.