Gilbert House Fellowship #234: Genesis 4:16-5:32

Reconstruction of the temple of Enki at Eridu

PRIDE AND a drift away from the Creator is evident in today’s study, which features the generations of patriarchs between Adam and Noah.

We discuss the first city built (Gen. 4:17) and explain why we think the builder was Cain’s son, Enoch (not the Enoch who “walked with God,” who was a descendant of Seth). That was probably the ancient city of Eridu, home of the god Enki, lord of the abyss, site of the oldest and largest ziggurat in Mesopotamia.

Click for larger version

We also discuss the pride of Lamech, descendant of Cain, and his boast that his death would be avenged seventy-seven times, the reason for the sudden emergence of civilization in ancient Sumer, and why the descendants of Cain may have been lured into creating a society based around cities rather than a rural or pastoral culture.

Here’s the link to Derek’s article “Cain, Coneheads, and the Old Gods of Sumer,” which is excerpted from his book The Great Inception.

Click here for the complete archive of our New Testament Bible studies to date, and click here for the Old Testament studies to date. Or go to for all of the audio.


  1. Like to partake of your Bible studies.

  2. Hi was just listening to the latest study and it struck me that Adam died 930 years old, so could it be that he lived in the garden for 70 before he sinned? When you said that one day as a thousand for God. Just speculation

  3. Hi Sharon and Derek, Regarding the names given to children. YES, I agree they are important. HOWEVER, they weren’t necessarily given to a child as a type of prophecy in regard to the child. Rather, children were given names as a reminder of what was happening in the world at large or in the lives of the parents at the time that the child was born.
    Examples: 1. “Rachel was about to die, but with her last breath she named the baby Ben-oni (which means ‘son of my sorrow’). The baby’s father, however, called him Benjamin (which means ‘son of my right hand’)” [Gen 35:18 NLT].
    2. Eli’s daughter-in-law, the wife of Phinehas, was pregnant and near her time of delivery. [And] “She named the child Ichabod (which means ‘Where is the glory?’), for she said, “Israel’s glory is gone.” She named him this because the Ark of God had been captured and because her father-in-law and husband were dead. Then she said, “The glory has departed from Israel, for the Ark of God has been captured'” [1Sa 4:21-22 NLT].

    3. [Gen 10:25 and 1Ch 1:19] “Eber had two sons. The first was named Peleg (which means “division”), for in his days the people of the world were divided into different language groups….”

    1. After re-listening to your presentation (twice), I finally heard you say exactly what I am saying above. I then tried to delete my post, but couldn’t find a way to do this. Anyway, I stand corrected. Thanks and God bless you both! 🙂

      1. Author

        No worries! Thanks for giving us your time by listening and writing. We’re all learning together!

  4. Adam – Man (is)
    Seth – Appointed
    Enosh – Mortal
    Kenan – Sorrow, (but)
    Mahalalel – The Blessed God
    Jared – Shall Come Down
    Enoch – Teching
    Methuselah – His Death Shall Bring
    Lamech – The Despairing
    Noah – Comfort (or Rest)

    Love these teachings. Thank you!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.