I have never created a thread here before, but this introductory Postflaviana topic has none, and I wish to ask questions about it. So, here goes! Richard states that because Yahweh at the last minute allowed Abram to sacrifice an animal rather than his son Isaac to him, "then we can infer that Yahweh, or whomever was actually in charge, previously approved and also allowed this practice to occur for generations". If this supposition is true, could this human sacrifice to Yahweh have started all the way back with farmer Cain "sacrificing" shepherd Abel to him as a human blood sacrifice, as "the Lord" had rejected his first sacrifice of the fruits of his land. Tupper Saussy, in "Rulers of Evil", seems to imply this very idea. Also notice that the Lord does not kill nor order Cain to be killed for what he did, but instead gives him a special "mark", which Saussy seems to think was the "powers and insignia of kingship", which made him more powerful than the common people. So is this where it (perhaps symbolically) all starts, with Cain being the first "Ruler of Evil", Emperor, Pope, etc., again, in Saussy's words, "the prototypical CAESAR"? Human sacrifice is stopped by Yahweh, however, in the special case of Abram not having to sacrifice his son Isaac, as "this is just a test", and the Chosen Dynasty must continue.