Kenan (also spelled Qenan, Kaynan or Cainan) (Hebrew: קֵינָן, Modern: Qēnan, Tiberian: Qēnān; Arabic: قَيْنَان, romanizedQaynān; Biblical Greek: Καϊνάμ, romanized: Kaïnám) was a Biblical patriarch first mentioned in the Hebrew Bible Book of Genesis as living before the Great Flood. He is also mentioned in the Genealogy of Jesus in Luke 3:36–37. Additionally, Kenan is also mentioned in Islam in the various collections of tales of the Islamic prophets, which honor him in an identical manner.

Keenan
Biblical antediluvian patriarch Cainan, Kenan.jpg
Spouse(s)Mualeleth
ChildrenMahalalel
more sons and daughters
Parent(s)Enos
RelativesSeth (grandfather)

According to Genesis 5:9–14, Kenan was a son of Enosh and a grandson of Seth. Born when Enosh was 90 years old,[1][2] Kenan fathered Mahalalel when he was seventy.[3][1] Other sons and daughters were born to Kenan before he died at 910 years of age (when Noah was aged 179 as per the Masoretic chronology).

According to the Book of Jubilees, Kenan's mother was Noam, wife and sister of Enosh; and Kenan's wife, Mualeleth, was his sister.

Family treeEdit

The following family tree has been constructed from a variety of biblical and extra-biblical sources:

AdamEve
CainAbelSeth
EnochEnos
IradKenan
MehujaelMahalalel
MethushaelJared
AdahLamechZillahEnoch
JabalJubalTubal-CainNaamahMethuselah
Lamech
Noah
ShemHamJapheth


ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Larsson, Gerhard (1983). "The Chronology of the Pentateuch: A Comparison of the MT and LXX". Journal of Biblical Literature. 102 (3): 401–409. doi:10.2307/3261014. JSTOR 3261014.
  2. ^ Genesis 5:9
  3. ^ Genesis 5:12