mark of Cain

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The mark of Cain that Jews bear is precisely their loyalty to their traditions.
But Ian had much more to cope with playing Marc 'Treacle' Tate - a squaddie sent to Iraq - in The Mark of Cain.
The plates in Mellinkoff's The Mark of Cain are designed to illustrate different conceptions of Cain's mark, but they too--for example, the Cain and Abel story in five scenes from the English Bohun Psalter, or a scene from a Camposanto fresco in Pisa, or the death of Cain on one of the capitals at Autun Cathedral--vividly depict the boy guiding a very evidently sightless Lamech's aim.
His father's refusal to enlist in the army during the Civil War remained a mark of Cain on him, something he had to expunge from his psyche.
That is to say that if Iraq is deemed to have violated any resolution at any time any other member is automatically authorized to bomb or invade it - as though it is subjected to a permanent mark of Cain.
If we like immigrants, we have to take this mark of Cain off them, that people think that they're on welfare.
For example, the Mark of Cain merits two entries: One under "Cain" with a paraphrase of the Cain story in Genesis, and one under "Cain, Mark of" with the appropriate biblical quote.
And when the Kahan Commission rendered its verdict that Sharon bore "indirect responsibility" for the massacre and suggested that Begin fire him, Sharon warned, "If you accept the conclusions of the Kahan Commission, you will be branding the mark of Cain on the foreheads of the Jewish people and on the State of Israel with your own hands.
In the upcoming second half of "Supernatural" Season 10, Misha Collin's character will be playing a very important role in the Mark of Cain storyline.
Instead it carries the mark of Cain and the 'blame the victim stigma' that its patients, smokers or non-smokers have to bare.
But they lost out in the other drama categories to Channel 4, with Britz winning drama serial and war programme The Mark Of Cain winning single drama.