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Cainan

Hebrew: קֵינָן —transliteration: Qenan

also known as: Kenan

Meaning: possession; smith

This was the name of 2 biblical men.

  1. Cainan, the 4th antediluvian patriarch, the eldest son of Enos, son of Seth.

    He was 70 years old at the birth of his eldest son Mahalaleel, after which he lived 840 years (Genesis 5:9-14), and was 910 years old when he died. He is also called Kenan (1 Chronicles 1:2).

  2. Cainan, the son of Arphaxad (Luke 3:36)

    He is nowhere named in the Old Testament. He is usually called the “second Cainan.”

Article Version: June 4, 2019