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(cay i' nuhn) Personal name of unknown meaning. 1. Ancestor of Noah (Genesis 5:10-14 ), sometimes seen as a variant spelling of Cain (Genesis 4:17 ). He is included in Christ's ancestry (Luke 3:37 ). In 1 Chronicles 1:2 the name is spelled Kenan, a spelling used in other places by many modern translators. 2. Descendant of Noah listed in the Septuagint of Genesis 11:12 but not of Hebrew. Luke used this early Greek translation of the Old Testament and included Cainan in Christ's ancestors ( Luke 3:36 ).

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Cainan'. Holman Bible Dictionary. 1991.

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