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Abel


A’bel (i.e., breath, vapor, transitoriness, probably so called from the shortness of his life), the second son of Adam, murdered by his brother Cain, Gen. 4:1-16; he was a keeper or feeder of sheep. Our Lord spoke of Abel as the first martyr, Matt. 23:35; so did the early Church subsequently. The traditional site of his murder and his grave are pointed out near Damascus.