Smith's Bible Dictionary


Cain'an. (possessor).

1. Son of Enos, aged 70 years, when he begat Mahalaleel, his son. He lived 840 years, afterwards, and died aged 910. Gen 6:9-14.

2. Son of Arphaxad, and father of Sala, according to Luk 3:36-37, and usually called, the second Cainan. He is nowhere named in the Hebrew Manuscripts. It seems certain that, his name was introduced into the genealogies of the Greek Old Testament, in order to bring them into harmony with the genealogy of Christ, in St. Luke's Gospel.


Taken from: Smith's Bible Dictionary by Dr. William Smith (1884)