- Born: 626 AM
- Marriage (1): Unknown
- Marriage (2): Mualeleth 
- Died: 1536 AM at age 910
Cainan also married his sister, Mualeleth.
Meaning: possession; smith
The name of two biblical men…
The fourth antediluvian patriarch , the eldest son of Enos . He was 70 years old at the birth of his eldest son Mahalaleel , after which he lived 840 years (Gen. 5:9-14 ), and was 910 years old when he died. He is also called Kenan (1 Chr. 1:2).
The son of Arphaxad (Luke 3:36). He is nowhere named in the Old Testament. He is usually called the "second Cainan."
Kenan (also spelled Qenan or Kaïnan, as found in Luke 3:36, 37), Hebrew : , Modern Qeinan Tiberian Qên ; "possession; smith", or Cainan, was a Biblical patriarch first mentioned in the Hebrew Bible Book of Genesis as living before the Great Flood.
According to Genesis 5:9-14, he was the grandson of Seth and son of Enos . Born when Enos was ninety years old,[citation needed ] Kenan had his only named son, Mahalalel , when he was seventy.[citation needed ] Other sons and daughters were born to Kenan before he died at 910 years of age.
This name seems to derive from words denoting a permanent dwelling place or stronghold.
In Islamic miniatures Noah's Ark is sometimes depicted with a kind of manned diving bell next to it. Long thought of as a puzzling reference to Iskandar , famous for his underwater exploits, alternative Flood stories show this occupant to be the disobedient Kenan, trying to escape the waters his own way (only to drown in urine inside his contraption as God punishes him with a bladder infection).
Two men named Cainan are mentioned in the genealogy of Jesus given in Luke 3 in the New Testament . One of these is the son of Enos above; a second Cainan is listed as the son of Arpachshad and father of Salah , who lived in the time between Noah and Abraham .
This Cainan also appears in the Septuagint (Greek) Old Testament, but is omitted by the Hebrew Masoretic text . For this reason, this second Cainan is considered to be a scribal error by some scholars. Nevertheless, a substantial number of traditions about this other Cainan exist in the history of literature.
1. ^ e.g.: Laban Kaptein (ed.), Ahmed Bican Yaz, Dürr-i Meknûn. Kritische Edition mit Kommentar, § 3.91. Asch 2007. ISBN 9789090214085
2. ^ Answers in Genesis <http://www.answersingenesis.org/cainan/>
CAINAN next married MUALELETH, daughter of ENOSH and Unknown.
Cainan next married Mualeleth  [MRIN: 1791], daughter of Enosh (Yanish)(Enos)  and Unknown.
MUALELETH married CAINAN, son of ENOSH and NOAM. (CAINAN was born 626 AM and died 1536 AM.)