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🔼The name Kain in the Bible
There are one town and one people named Kain in the Bible, but it should be noted that in Hebrew the name Kain is identical to the name Cain:
- Kain the town is mentioned in Joshua 15:57, among the towns of the hill country that would be allotted to the tribe of Judah.
- Kain the people is the same as the Canaanite tribe of the Kenites. They are collectively called Kain in Numbers 24:22 and Judges 4:11.
🔼Etymology of the name Kain
The name Kain is the same as the word קין (qyn) meaning spear, coming from the following root cluster:
The name Kain probably means Spear and may even be interpreted as Enfranchised and refer to a kind of rudimentary senatorial government. See our article on the name Cain for more details.