After being cast out of Eden, the Edenites journey
into the Land of Barrenness where they undergo many trials and
tribulations, but make their new home in the Land of Nodkash on the
shores of Lake Kamoya. Three new brothers of light, Jared, Micah, and
Enoch, come to Earth from the Celestine Light of Elohim to teach the
people of Nodkash things that will help them to better survive the
harshness of the land. The true story of Cain and Abel is revealed in
great detail. Elohim the Father speaks twice from the heavens above,
which is the last time he speaks to the people at large and thereafter
only speaks to the people through a prophet.
1 And it came to pass that a great fear came upon
the Edenites in the Land of Barrenness, for they knew it not at all
and knew not what was to become of them. Their fears caused many to
shake with uncontrollable tremors, and they could not speak, but
only wail in grief and anxiety.
2 While the daylight was still upon them, they looked across the
river in agony as the land of Eden burned and they wept and sobbed
in sorrow until they could weep no more, and most just curled up
tightly upon the ground, exhausted in the depth of their sadness.
3 As night fell upon them, the fires on the Isle of Eden still
burned and the sky glowed red with an eerie light, and dark shadows
seemed to move upon them from all directions.
4 Suddenly, Ninichur, son of Kasher, gave a loud and forsaken
scream, and ripping his clothes and pulling on his hair, he jumped
up and ran quickly to the river, and before anyone could move to
stop him, he leaped in and was immediately carried away by the swift
current, never to be seen again.
5 Many of the Edenites gathered to the riverbank and looked
downstream by the pale red glow of the burning fires to see what had
become of Ninichur. But barely had they gathered upon the bank than
Calliya, the wife of Ninichur, rushed passed them and flung herself
into the roiling waters to join her husband in oblivion.
6 Then it was that the demented thought to dive into the river of
no return came upon several of the Edenites, and in an instant, many
sprang forward to fulfill their pitiful desires. And three, standing
upon the bank, jumped into the river before the other Edenites could
react, and others rushed from further back to reach the river before
anyone could stop them.
7 And it came to pass that Adam stood upon the riverbank with his
back to the river, and holding up his arms, he commanded in a loud
voice, “Stop! Let none approach the river! Move back from the
8 Many stopped upon hearing his words, but still three more
Edenites, overcome in their sorrow and grief, ran and leaped into
the river even as Adam was speaking.
9 Then it was that Adam looked to his brethren among the twelve who
still seemed to have their wits about them, and he called out to
them saying, “Brothers! Come quickly to me! Stand beside me and form
a barrier that no more of our children will depart in madness!”
10 Heeding his call, the eleven other original brothers of Eden
quickly came to Adam and spread out with their backs to the river,
facing their children and grandchildren, and prevented any more from
leaping into the river of no return.
11 So stood the twelve brothers of Eden, all through the night
until the dawn of the next day. And seeing their fathers and
grandfathers standing as one united in their love and purpose, the
children of Eden lost their madness and fell upon the ground, both
sitting and lying, in stupors of disbelief at all that had
12 The following day, the Isle of Eden was naught but a smoldering
ruin, and even the Land of Barrenness seemed desirable in
comparison. So it was the Edenites that remained that began to lift
their heads and wonder what lay beyond the cleavage of the ridge of
the small canyon near the river upon which they had come across the
stone bridge from Eden.
13 There was no food among them, and other than occasional clumps
of an unknown short grass, there was no food to be found within
sight. Thus, it was that Adam and his brothers and sisters
conferred, and it was decided by the Elders that the Edenites should
venture away from the river through the cleft in the ridge, where
the animals from Eden had passed, and seek out food and discover
what lay beyond.
14 Before they left, Adam gathered them all into a circle of prayer
and spoke unto Elohim for all of them, saying, “Dear Father and
Mother of Light, forgive us; oh forgive us, for the errors of our
ways. We have learned the painful lesson of the consequences of not
following and heeding your words, given to us in love for our
15 “We venture forth now into a new and frightening world.
Nevertheless, like unto Eden, we know it was created by you.
Therefore, help us to remember that truth that we will not be afraid
of the unknown.
16 Please look upon your children with mercy. We have injured among
us and mothers who nurse and many young children. We beseech you to
ease our suffering and guide us to food and shelter that we might
survive, to prove to you that we are worthy children and can become
greater than we have been.
17 These things we humbly ask in the name of your son, even he who
has called us brother, who comforts us, and abides in our hearts.”
18 And it came to pass that the Edenites journeyed out of the
canyon by the river and passed through the cleft in the ridge.
19 As each of the Edenites stood upon the crest of the ridge, they
took a moment to look out into the Land of Barrenness. To their
surprise, they discovered that it was not barren after all, for they
could see trees near some hills not far off and many unusual plants
within sight, and the occasional sounds of animals and the songs of
birds could be heard.
20 It was decided by the Elders, the twelve brothers and twelve
sisters who were the original Edenites; that they should seek to
reach the hills in the distance where they could see trees growing
on the hillsides and imagined water would run downhill and gather
21 Though the hills seemed not that distant from the ridge, as the
Sun set, after a long walk in the hot Sun through the day, the
Edenites failed to reach the hills and dejectedly lay upon the
ground uncovered, with empty stomachs and parched-off thirst from
their journey of the day, for they had no containers among them to
carry water from the river and had left the canyon with only the
water they could carry in their stomachs.
22 Shortly after sunrise the next day, they began again to travel
toward the hills, spurred onward by their ever-growing thirst.
23 Hunger was also gnawing at their stomachs. In their innocence
and ignorance, everyone ate freely of the red berries they
encountered on short bushes while they walked toward the hills.
24 But shortly thereafter, those who had eaten earliest began to
get dizzy and their mouths began to burn, and their stomachs brought
forth that which they had eaten.
25 Those who had eaten the most passed out, and Miliya, daughter of
Yaconi, did not awaken. And Yaconi shook his daughter and pleaded
with her to awaken, but her breathing stopped and she awoke not.
26 Yaconi looked to Adam and implored him, “Has Elohim forsaken us?
How can my daughter sleep and not be able to be awakened? Why would
berries Elohim has put upon the Earth cause her to sleep so deeply?
I do not understand anything at all that has happened to us. Help
me, Brother Adam, for I am lost.”
27 Adam put his hand upon Yaconi’s shoulder and spoke aloud to
Elohim, saying, “Dear Father and Mother of Light, hear the words of
my mouth and feel the pain of our hearts. We do not understand all
that has befallen us. We beseech you in utter humility to give us
the light of knowledge.”
28 And it came to pass that the voice of Elohim the Father rumbled
across the sky and was heard by each of the Edenites. And the voice
of the Father said unto them, “My children learn now the Law of
Consequence; that each action you do begets another action; the good
to good, and the bad to bad.
29 “And learn the Law of Knowledge and Ignorance; that knowledge
brings reward and ignorance brings penalty. And the knowledge you
must possess, you must gain from your efforts and experiences and
desire and focus, for never again will it be given to you freely as
it was in Eden.
30 So you have now learned that beyond Eden there are things that
look to be desirable that instead will hurt you if you partake of
them. And that the action ripples like a stone upon water, with like
actions, be they good or bad.
31 In Eden, you had never seen death, but in the world it shall be
your regular companion, even now, as the girl does not sleep, but
has returned to us, and will be among you upon the Earth no more.
32 In Eden, there was nothing you could not eat, save the fruit of
the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, but upon the world into
which you are now cast there are more plants to bring pain,
suffering, and death than to bring health and life.
33 In Eden, all animals were your friends, but in the Land of
Bareness, many will be your enemies, and many will seek you to be
their food, so beware.
34 In Eden, sickness and suffering were unknown, but in the Land of
Bareness, you will only be as healthy and free from sickness as you
are faithful to the commandments and guidance we have given you.
35 Among women, their travails will be many, and in pain they will
now bring forth children, unless they abide strictly by the
teachings of the Elohim.
36 Among men, never again will the Earth bring forth fruits unto
you in unbidden abundance, but you must work with sweat and
perseverance, fighting the thorns and the thistles and praying rain
and Sun, to bring forth the food that in Eden came freely unto you.
37 In Eden, there was a balance between the male and the female
inside each of you, thereby the men never angered and the women
38 But now in the world that is yours, the men will need to strive
to remember the female within them lest they are overcome by the
male and become even as the animals.
40 And the women must ever strive to hold onto the male within
them, lest they become without a voice and mere chattel to the men.
41 Nor will the Elohim ever again speak openly to the children of
men, save once more in great condemnation. Hereafter, only to the
prophet or prophetess we have called will we speak words for all
people to heed, but only the worthy will hear their voice and take
to their hearts the words we have spoken unto them.
42 This is the world you have called unto you by your actions; and
so the ripples shall go forth throughout time, generations upon
generations, until the end of times.
43 You will experience great sadness in your travails, but so too
will you find great joys, even greater than those of Eden in your
accomplishments of eternal significance.
44 Therefore, fear not, for we are still with you. If you seek us
out and live as we have given you, you shall always have our spirit
to be upon you, and guide you, and bring you toward the Celestine
45 And it came to pass that in sadness the Edenites continued on
their journey toward the hills and took turns carrying the body of
Miliya, for they did not know what they should do with it. None of
the others perished from eating the red berries but most were sick,
some more than others.
46 Shortly before dusk, they reached the hills and under Adam’s
direction, two parties of three men each quickly set out in opposite
directions along the base of the hills to seek out water. As evening
fell, both parties returned, their missions unfulfilled, and another
day passed for the Edenites without water or food.
47 The following day, Adam sent out three parties of three men
each. Two were told to explore further along the base of the hills
and the third to climb to the top of the hills and ascertain what
lay beyond. All were instructed not to return until they had found
water or were unsuccessful after two days.
48 While the main exploration parties were gone, the Edenites set
up a rudimentary camp making shelters from what tree branches and
brush they could gather.
49 Additional exploration parties ventured out short distances from
camp and brought back several kinds of berries, plus some fruits
that were the same as fruits that had grown in Eden.
50 The Edenites were hesitant to eat the unknown berries but were
overjoyed to see fruits they recognized. The entire camp quickly
returned to the spot where the largest fruit tree had been found and
gorged themselves on the ripe fruit, except for saving a couple of
dozen of the least ripe fruits to give to the men of the main
exploration parties when they returned.
51 While eating at the fruit tree, Ezias, one of the twelve
brothers, spoke to Adam, saying, “This tree requires water to live
and it is thriving on this spot. Though we see no water nearby there
must be some beneath the ground to feed the tree. Therefore, let us
dig beneath it that we might come upon the source of its water and
be able to partake of it.”
52 Adam agreed that Ezias had an excellent thought, and after
explaining it to the others, the men began to dig enthusiastically.
53 By mid-afternoon, they had dug a hole of the height of three
men, which was no small feat considering that they lacked tools
other than their hands and sticks and the compact hardness of the
54 But still they had not found water or any trace of it, and all
were now greatly fatigued from their efforts and their initial
enthusiasm had been replaced with disappointment.
55 Dejectedly, everyone returned to their camp to await the
hoped-for arrival of the three exploration parties with better news
56 Back at camp, Eve came to Adam and spoke unto him, saying,
“Adam, why is it that you and your brethren are only doing what
seems to you best in search of water and food, instead of inquiring
of the Elohim?”
57 Adam answered Eve, saying, “The Father has said he will speak to
us no more and that we must discover and learn for ourselves from
58 “No,” Eve replied. “That is not what he said. The Father said
that the Elohim would still speak to their prophet, for how else
might their children be guided in light and truth? And it is you,
Adam, who is the prophet of Elohim. And so it has been long before
we were cast out of Eden.”
59 Adam looked down at his feet for a moment and then looked up at
his wife and said unto her, “You are true in your words, Eve. I will
go and inquire of our Father and Mother and Brother.”
60 But before Adam could leave the camp and seek out a place of
privacy to speak with Elohim, there was a sudden scream from one of
the women and they looked to see Hamaqila, daughter of Sesh,
writhing upon the ground.
61 Rushing over to her, Adam and Eve saw two puncture wounds on her
wrist and a snake, such as they had never seen before, slithering
off into the brush.
62 Adam looked at the friends of Hamaqila and asked, “Did the snake
bite her?” And they nodded affirmatively, and one said, “It was such
a pretty little snake, she just picked it up to hold it, even as she
had done with snakes many times in Eden, but it bit her with
viciousness and immediately she fell to the ground in pain.”
63 Adam looked closely at the two wounds, saying to himself, but
loud enough for others to hear as well, “But this is a most strange
bite. What snake has only two teeth?”
64 His question was answered by Gorag, son of Kilith, who spoke to
all, saying, “Like everything in this miserable place, what was
harmless in Eden, even a small, pretty-colored snake, can be the
source of pain and bitterness here in the Land of Barrenness.”
65 “You speak true, Gorag,” Adam replied. “Until we know that
something is harmless or beneficial we must assume the opposite.”
66 They moved Hamaqila to the place of greatest comfort that they
could make and prayed over her that Elohim would help her to live.
67 That night, most slept fitfully, anxious in their hearts for the
exploration parties that remained away and because of the many
unknown and disquieting sounds they heard moving about in the
darkness beyond their camp.
68 After the passage of two days, none of the exploration parties
had returned and most of the Edenites lay upon the ground too
fatigued and parched to move. But on the morning of the third day,
the party that had gone into the hills and the one that had gone
into the rising Sun returned. Both had found small quantities of
water to sustain them, and each had found some plants such as those
grew in Eden for food. To the delight of everyone, they brought back
as much of the food as they could carry and some water in hollow
69 But there was more to their reports. Obetas of the hill party
spoke first, saying, “We did not find a place ascending the mountain
that would be good for our people to reside, for nowhere did we find
upon the mountain a large body of standing water or a running stream
of substance. But there are great trees and much material for
building up on the slopes.
70 “We saw many kinds of animals and some birds, but we recognized
only a few from the Isle of Eden.
71 When we topped the hill we looked down into a vast valley which
we could not see the end of. It is bound by hills on three sides and
we were at the end of it upon the place where we stood. In the
valley there is a large lake, so there is constant water source and
probably a good place to make our permanent camp.”
72 Everyone’s mood was buoyed by this news, for it gave them hope
of which they had begun to sorely lack.
73 Then the team that had gone into the Sun along the base of the
hills gave their report, and Yammigon spoke unto the Edenites,
saying, “We also saw many beasts, some in the hills above us and
some upon the plains. Not as many as in Eden but some very
terrifying in size, equal to three or four Zarumps from Eden.”a
74 At this proclamation, many stared at Yammigon in amazement, for
the Zarump was the biggest animal of Eden.
75 “There cannot be an animal so large,” scoffed Cain, a son of
76 “Yammigon speaks true,” defended Haglad, who was one of the two
that had accompanied him on the exploration. “And more than this, we
saw tracks of a creature that is likely twice the size of that
77 We also found some plants to eat that were the same as those
from Eden, but there were not many and we found only small catch
basins of water.”
78 “You have done well, my brothers,” Adam commended. “It would
seem that we should make our way over the hills and down into the
valley, unless the third party returns with better news.”
79 Night was falling when two of the men from the third party that
had traveled along the hills with the Sun at their backs returned.
They were greatly fatigued and collapsed into the arms of their
80 “Where is Dolash?” asked his father with apprehension.
81 “He is as Miliya,” answered one of the two men. “On our second
day, shortly after the Sun had risen, we came upon a group of five
or six very strange creatures. They looked somewhat like men, but
they wore no clothes and were covered with hair, and walked with a
stoop. They are also very broad of body, but short of stature.
82 We approached seeking to befriend them, but they immediately
fell upon us and commenced to beat us with heavy sticks. Dolash was
felled by a blow to the head and then hit again until his head was
83 Hearing this, the parents of Dolash wailed in grief as did many
of his friends. But Adam grabbed the hand of the man speaking and
asked, “How is it that you escaped?”
84 “We ran,” answered the man. “We ran very fast and very long. But
in truth we did not need to run much, for these manlike creatures
cannot run fast at all. Nevertheless, we ran until we could run no
more to put as much distance between us and them as possible.”
85 Considering the news brought by the three exploration parties,
the Elders met in the early evening beneath the light of a full moon
and decided to make their way over the hills and down into the
valley beyond shortly after first light and to eat and drink as they
traveled whenever a source for either was found.
86 In the morning before leaving, after a short prayer by Adam
remembering her goodness, they buried the body of Miliya in the hole
they had dug at the base of the fruit tree, for it had begun to
stink and they knew not what else to do with it.
87 Hamaqila was still very sick and weak from her snakebite, so her
father and brothers made a litter to carry her upon.
88 Remembering the admonishment of Eve, before they departed, Adam
beckoned everyone into a circle of prayer and called upon the Elohim
to watch over them, to help them be cautious of the unknown, and to
lead them to a new home where they could thrive and prosper upon the
land and to sufficient food and water in their travels to sustain
89 Their journey over the hills and down into the valley was
uneventful. Along the way, they were able to forage water from small
catch basins hidden in the shade and food from plants that they
recognized from Eden, so by the time they reached the valley floor,
they were greatly invigorated.
90 The Edenites that came into the valley were just over five
hundred in number, with skin hues of many shades and physical
appearances of great diversity.
91 And the years passed one after another and the Edenites grew
upon the land, and the women bore many children, and the Edenites
multiplied in numbers greatly.
92 The Edenites came to call the Land of Barrenness Nodkash,
meaning bitter salvation, for though they were able to till the
ground for food, catch fish in the lake, and harvest some fruits in
the wilderness, life was very difficult and challenging, and they
worked from dawn until dusk every day except the Day of Elohim,
simply to survive.
93 And the community that they built upon the lake, they called
Kamoya and the lake they named after the community, calling it Lake
94 Even as the Edenites welcomed new life with the birth of many
children, so too did they come to experience much of death of which
they had never known on the Isle of Eden.
95 During the first hundred years of the cycles of the Sun in the
Land of Nodkash, the old ways of eating were followed by everyone,
and they had no sickness among them.
96 But death and injury and infection still came to them, for many
were the dangers upon the land.
97 There were large and fearsome creatures hidden in the lake that
from time to time leaped above the surface, swamping the logs upon
which they fished, grabbing even the most alert of fishermen, and
pulling them beneath the surface never to be seen again.
98 So too had many a wild forager gone into the wilderness to
gather fruits only to be attacked by terrifying wild beasts and
pulled from the arms of their valiant friends and dragged away into
99 In the early days in Kamoya, many men were lost, leaving behind
grieving widows and children and parents.
100 And the face and voice of Elohim the Mother came unto Adam
while he slept and told him it was not good that any woman should be
without a husband or child without a father. And he was commanded
that the men of Kamoya should take unto them the wives and children
of the men that had fallen, if the widow would choose them for a
husband and their wife should agree, and they should be their wives
and their children too.b
101 And it came to pass that Adam spoke unto the people of Kamoya
and told them the words Elohim the Mother had spoken unto him.
102 Some of the men heeded his dream and when they were chosen by a
widow and their wives agreed, they took unto them the wives and
children of men who had fallen and joined them to the wife and
children that were already theirs, and they became one family.
103 But others heeded him not and ridiculed him, scoffing that he
would presume that God would speak to him and command him concerning
their private affairs.
104 Therefore, there remained some widows without husbands and
children without fathers, and these were taken in by the parents or
brothers of the widow until such time as they could be joined in a
union with another family.
105 And it came to pass that for all the joy that children brought,
so too was their sadness, as from time to time a mother would perish
while giving birth to her newborn son or daughter.
106 Seeing all the calamities continuing to befall his people, Adam
prayed mightily to Elohim, asking for wisdom that the Edenites might
know how to better be protected from harm and prosper in the land.
107 And the Elohim heard the pleas of Adam and gave unto the
Edenites greater wisdom, which came into their minds like a sudden
wind that was not expected.
108 From this new knowledge, they came to build stout homes of
stone that kept out the strongest winds and rain.
109 And they began to make greater observations of the animals that
roamed about the Land of Nodkash and learned that they could fish in
the early morning safely, for the creatures of the lake slept until
the midday. And they learned that they could forage for fruits in
the wilderness when the Sun was high in the sky, for this was when
the beasts of the land were most likely to rest and digest their
110 Nevertheless, the people of Kamoya continued to lose men to the
creatures that consumed them and women to the pains of childbirth.
So too were parties of men sometimes attacked by hordes of the
manlike creatures that flitted mostly unseen in the shadows of the
forest. And though these were easily outrun, broken bones from the
crushing blows of clubs were often the penalty before they could
111 Once again Adam prayed mightily unto the Elohim seeking greater
wisdom, but they answered him not.
112 And it came to pass that Adam desired greatly to hear the words
of the Elohim, therefore he fasted for twelve days, drinking water
only, that he might be free from the concerns of the world and able
to hear the voice of God.
113 And it came to pass that Elohim the Mother came to him again in
a dream and told him they would send down more of their sons, even
as Adam and his brothers and sisters had first come to Eden, and
they would bring more knowledge that the people of Kamoya could have
greater safety and more prosperity.
114 And it came to pass that three more sons of Elohim came down
upon the Earth, and they appeared the next day before the house of
115 Though the Mother had told him of their coming, Adam was
astonished when he saw them before him, for though they seemed
familiar, they were men he had never before encountered since he had
been placed in the garden, and they were dressed in colorful and
astounding ways, not like the people of Kamoya.
116 Seeing Adam speechless before them, one spoke unto him, saying,
“Adam, we have come from the presence of our Father and Mother in
the great light Celestine Light. I am Jared, and these are my
brothers, Micah and Enoch. We are now to be numbered among you and
have come to bring you greater knowledge.”
117 And it came to pass that Adam embraced his new brothers who had
come from the light of Elohim, and he called all the people of
Kamoya to come to him that they might meet the sons of Elohim who
had come in answer to his fast and prayers.
118 The people came, everyone, to see for themselves. And most were
even more astounded than Adam, for other than within their own
community, they had never before seen men who resembled sons of
119 Nor could they remember their lives in the great light, before
the world was, for a veil had been put over their memories by the
Elohim that they could grow in faith.
120 And it came to pass that Jared, Micah, and Enoch taught many
things to the people living in the Land of Nodkash that greatly
improved their lives and safety.
121 So it was that the people of Kamoya became learned in the ways
of extracting metals from the rocks of the Earth and melding them
one with another, and from this, they made sharp-pointed spears and
daggers to protect the wild foragers and fishermen from the beasts
that would consume them.
122 And they fashioned axes from the metal and honed their edges
and used them to fell trees and built a great palisade of thick,
vertical poles with sharpened points completely encircling Kamoya to
keep out the predators of the day and the night.
123 They were instructed in the creation of large canoes linked
three abreast by beams; from these, they were able to travel safely
far out into the lake and catch many more fish than they had ever
previously been able, and the monsters of the lake could no longer
breach their vessels before they could fend them off with long
124 So too did they teach them the way of writing in great detail
and of engineering that they could build a tall and magnificent
temple to honor Elohim from whom all blessings flowed.
125 But there were some among the people of Kamoya, including Cain,
a son of Adam and Eve, who did not accept the coming of Jared,
Micah, and Enoch and wished to cast them out from amongst them.
126 Yet most people marveled at their coming and accepted them to
be numbered among them.
127 And it came to pass that the three brothers from the Celestine
Light took unto them as wives the widows of men who had died and who
had not yet found new husbands among the people of Kamoya.
128 Seeing that the three brothers took unto them wives whom others
had rejected, many of the other men and their wives were shamed, and
many of the wives having husbands went to the widows whom they had
previously rejected and asked them to come with their children and
be one with their family.
129 And it came to pass that there were no more widows among the
women of Kamoya, for all were welcomed into the homes of others and
many new families were thus created, and there was joy among most in
130 Nevertheless, there began also to be schisms among some of the
people, even among Cain and Abel, the two eldest sons of Adam and
131 For Cain was opposed to the marriages of widows or that one man
should have more than one wife.
132 And he had anger toward the three newcomers and resented the
immediate authority and respect that they were given, whereas he had
labored faithfully for the people of Eden all of his life and was
not so esteemed.
133 And it came to pass that Cain began to kill animals with his
spear, not for defense but to drink their blood and eat their flesh.
134 Seeing that Cain did not die from eating the flesh of the
animals, others of the Land of Nodkash began to kill animals so that
they too could drink their blood and eat their flesh, for that was a
much easier way to get a full belly than tilling the fields for
135 Upon seeing this, Adam and Eve had great sorrow as did the
three brothers who had come from the light, and many of the other
people of Kamoya, especially those who had lived the longest in
136 Adam came to his son and pleaded with him to cease killing
animals to drink their blood and consume their flesh, but Cain said
unto him, “I will not cease, for I have found a great treasure that
the Elohim have kept hidden from you. I watched the great beasts of
the world kill and eat the smaller beasts and I thought that I too
could be great upon this land if I killed and ate the beasts,
instead of waiting for them to try and kill and eat me.
137 “Now I have strength such as I have never known, and my time is
freed from toiling for many hours each day in the fields. It is you
who should begin to eat the animals and you will discover a life
more fulfilling than the simple one the Elohim gave us to live.”
138 Thereafter, Adam was greatly saddened because of Cain, for he
would heed not any of the commandments of Elohim and thought that he
knew better than God.
139 A significant number of others agreed with Cain and aligned
themselves with him in opposition to the newcomers and many of the
new ways that had been adopted by the people of Kamoya and also
began to take joy in the slaying of animals and the consuming of
their flesh and blood.
140 Thus was the last innocence of Eden destroyed, and a lust for
blood and callousness for the sanctity of life did come upon the
141 Abel came to his brother Cain upon a hillside where he was
hunting and tried to persuade him to return to the ways of Elohim,
saying, “We are only doing as Elohim has commanded, and you can see
that by obeying the loving commandments of our parents of light, our
people are happier and prosper on the land.”
142 But Cain was very wroth with his brother Abel, and he shouted
at him, saying, “Do not instruct me! I am your elder brother, and it
is you who must listen to me! Truly, I am happier with one wife, and
a belly full of animal flesh than you can possibly be!”
143 Abel was surprised by the vehemence of his brother Cain. But he
did not back down and said unto him, “I will listen to you when you
are speaking wisdom and heed you not when you speak foolishness,
even as you should do with me.”
144 “You are younger and are always more foolish,” sneered Cain.
“You have never said anything in all of your life worth listening
to, and you have never given me the respect that is my due.”
145 Abel was saddened by the words of his brother and held his head
down contemplating how he should answer, and thus he did not see
Cain withdraw his dagger. But sensing his movement, he looked up
into his brother’s eyes, even as Cain drove the dagger into his
heart, saying, “Respect me now with your last breath.” And then Abel
fell to the ground dead with Cain’s dagger protruding from his
146 Realizing what he had done, Cain pulled the dagger from his
brother’s body and dragged his body to a nearby gully and collapsed
the rocky hillside upon him. He then returned to Kamoya and spoke
nothing of what had happened to anyone.
147 As evening fell, Adam and Eve and the wives of Abel began to
ask if anyone knew where he was or where he had last been seen, for
he was not within the walls of the community, and it was unsafe to
be beyond the palisade at night because of the beasts that roamed
about in the dark.
148 When Adam asked Cain if he knew the whereabouts of his brother,
he answered with some fear, saying, “Why do you ask me? Am I my
149 But the night came and went, and the new day dawned without
Abel appearing, and the worst began to be feared.
150 During the day, search parties were sent out to look for Abel,
and on the second day, a party led by Enoch noticed the freshly
collapsed gully where Cain had buried his brother; being led by the
spirit of Elohim, he asked the men with him to dig into the rocks,
and in only minutes, they discovered the dead body of Abel. One of
the men stripped, and they used his garment to cradle Abel’s body
and returned with him to Kamoya.
151 As the searchers passed through the palisade, the people of
Kamoya quickly saw that Abel whom they carried was dead, and many
women began to weep and wail and many men too had tears in their
eyes for he had been much loved in the community.
152 Though there were many wounds from the rocks Cain had collapsed
upon him, the single wound in Abel’s heart was still evident, and
the Elders and searchers and people of Kamoya knew not what to make
153 “What manner of beast kills with a single tooth through the
heart?” wondered many.
154 “It is like a spear or dagger wound,” ventured another.
155 Then Cain rose up among them and feeling somewhat contrite for
having slain his brother, he said unto them, “It is a dagger wound,
which I know, for I am the one who stabbed him in the heart when he
spoke to me with condescension.”
156 Upon his confession, there was an audible and collective gasp
from everyone near enough to have heard his words, and whispers
passed quickly back to those further away of the foul deed just
157 Cain continued saying, “We fought with words, and in my anger I
slew him that he would not speak as he had to me ever again. I am
sorry now for what I have done, but I cannot bring back my brother.”
158 Adam looked at Cain as if he had never known him and asked,
“Yesterday you said you knew not of your brother’s whereabouts and
that you were not his keeper. Yet today you admit this terrible
deed. How could you say nothing yesterday, extending the anxiety of
everyone, and speak openly today?”
159 Cain answered him, saying, “Yesterday I was ashamed for what I
had done and sought to hide what occurred. Today I am sorry, but
feel justified because of the way in which Abel has treated me, his
elder brother for many years, as if he were better than me.”
160 Adam stood before his son, and though he was smaller in
stature, he seemed to tower over him in his wrath, saying unto him,
“You have done the greatest sin. You have killed another. You have
stopped the eternal progression of your brother by taking him from
this mortal life before his time.
161 “Such a thing has never occurred in the history of man and now
you have begun the chain that will have no end while man reigns upon
162 “For this great horror there can be no justification; no, not
one; save the defense of your own life. Yet by your own admission,
it is you that attacked Abel. How can you possibly seek to justify
163 Cain bristled at his father’s words and his contriteness
vanished, replaced instead with anger. And he said unto his father,
“What do you know? Your head is always in the clouds speaking to a
God of your imagination whom nobody else can hear!
164 “Though Abel attacked me not with a weapon, his words cut me
just as deep and caused pain to wounds he had inflicted upon me all
my life. Therefore it was in self-defense, to stop his endless
attacks of words upon me, that I at last could take no more and
silenced him forever. He brought his own death upon him, so do not
think to cast it upon me.”
165 Then there was a great shaking and rumbling of the ground, and
dark clouds gathered quickly, hiding the Sun, echoing with thunder,
and flashing lightning out and all around the people of Kamoya.
166 And the voice of Elohim the Father rumbled from the clouds and
everyone heard, and with every word he spoke, the Earth shook. And
the Father said, “Cain, your life shall be desolation and your
eternity shall be darkness. You sought to stop the eternal
progression of Abel, but you have only succeeded in damning your
167 “Abel shall be reborn into mortality once more to resume his
journey, but you have dropped yourself into a deep abyss, and only
through time unmeasured will you be able to come again even to the
place you were the day you did this great sin.
168 Therefore, leave Kamoya and journey to another land. Take with
you all who drink the blood and eat the flesh of animals, save they
repent this very moment and sin no more. And know that it is from
the killing of the innocent animals and the eating of their flesh,
that callousness for death has been nurtured and made manifested in
the evil you have done.”
169 And it came to pass that Cain left Kamoya, and all of his
family went with him. And many of the people of Kamoya also departed
with Cain, even all those that desired to still kill animals and eat
their flesh and repented not. And these numbered over three hundred
people, including children.
170 The meat-eaters journeyed far away from Kamoya and the Land of
Nodkash, and after some years, it was only with the infrequent
visits from traders of goods were they still known by the people of
Kamoya that had seen them depart.
171 Thereafter, the meat-eaters were called Caininites, after Cain
whom they had followed rather than obey the voice of God that had
spoken to them.
172 And those that remained were no longer remembered as Edenites,
but thereafter were called Kamoyans.
73 a: A Zarump is about a third larger than
the size of a modern day African bull Elephant
100 b: This involved men who were already married as the people
of Kamoya married very young and there were no single men of a
mature age available.