When we view the Bible as giving expression to aspects of the self, then we must claim Cain as part of the self and see that if we are Cain, we are also Abel. And the self, our self, that contains Cain and Abel also contains Adam and Eve. We learn that we are always confronting otherness — the otherness that is creative and fruitful and the otherness that is destructive and deadly.

Carol Ochs in Song of the Self