Showing posts with label Lilith. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lilith. Show all posts

Thursday, March 27, 2014


I have always been curious about the stories about Lilith and Eve.
so I thought what better place to put my thoughts, is to tell the story and find out the story and share it with all of you!
First in effort to explain what is said in the Old Testament & The Book of Splendour, but you must
remember this is from many different people views on biblical text & an book written by Spaniard Moses de Leon 1240-1305.  There are many different views on this subject that it, would be to difficult to but them all in one post. According to midrashic literature, He seems to believe that Adams first wife was not Eve, but a woman named Lilith, who was created in the first Genesis account. Only when Lilith rebelled and abandoned Adam did God create Eve. At the same time Jehovah created Adam, he created a woman, Lilith, who like Adam was taken from the earth, She was given to Adam as his wife. But there was a dispute between them about a matter that when it came before the judges had to be discussed behind closed doors.
She spoke the unspeakable name of Jehovah and vanished.
 So the question is Who was Lilith? She had many names Seductress, Heroine Even Murderer? The last one I'm quite sure she wasn't that bad, but lets see what she was together.
Its seems the more I read about Lilith it comes back to medieval Jewish Times/Tradition. Each time it is which this culture that I find these questions about Lilith. So It makes me think that within there religion or
tradition long ago that they believed that, Lilith was Adam's fist wife, before Eve. When Adam  insited that Lilith play a subservient role, She grew wings and flew away from Eden, is one version of the tale. However
Lilith was created in many different tales. She was in the medieval authors would drew on the ancient legends of the winged Lilith of having wings a seductive, murderous demonises known from the Babylonian Mythology period. but in recent years Lilith has undergone another transformation as modern feminists have
retold the story in their own version of the tale. So it really seems that Lilith has evolved over the years as I continue to write this post.. It is very interesting too.
Another theory was that for 4,000 years Lilith had wandered the earth and her dark origins lie from the Babylonian's demonology. And from there is where they emulated and incarnated her use of sinister powers,
of the winged spirit who would pray on pregnant women and infants. Lilith next migrations to the world were that of the ancient Hittites, Egyptians, Israelites and Greeks. It was only in the Bible Scripture that she makes a solitary appearance, as a wilderness demon shunned by the prophet Isaiah.
Now in the Middle Ages Lilith reappears in Jewish sources as the dreadful first wife of Adam.
And then in the Renaissance Ages, Michelangelo portrayed Lilith as a half-woman, half-serpent, coiled around
the Tree of knowledge. Later, more her beauty would be captivated by an English poet by the name of
Dante Gabriel Rossetti. "Her enchanted hair," he wrote, "was the first golden." It seems that just about everyone around the countries and almost very different cultures, religious had their own opinion on Lilith.
There is more, there were: Irish novelish who casted her as the 'Patron of abortions', Modern feminists would celebrate her bold struggles for Independence for Adam, Her name would even appear as the title of
a Jewish woman's magazine and a national literacy program, but the most interesting thing that I found that
had to do with Lilith was an annual music festival that donates its profits to battered women's shelters
and breast cancer research institutes is called the Lilith Fair. It seems with all the negative aspects of Lilith she has been able to overcome them over the thousands of years..
Originating about the same time as the Gigamesh epic is when a Terracotta plaque, known as the Burney
Relief, that some of the Scholars have described as the first known pictorial representation of Lilith.  Some would even call her Inanna. The Babylonian would show Lilith as a beautiful naked sylph bird with wings, taloned feet and her hair was contained under a cap decorated with several pairs of horns. She would stand atop of two lions between two owls, apparently bending them to her will. Lilith's association with the owl connects her to another of the night terrors.. It seems that they have associated Lilith with almost every kinda either chaos' or not so evil creature. Its really hard to tell where she really stood, with so many different options. I think the hardest part with Lilith is to find the parts that she was said to be part of the bible as Adams first wife before Eve. I truly did have a hard time finding info on that and found lots of info on her everywhere else.. but I will find it for you!
Ok I found it! A Man by the name of Ben Sira cites the bible passage indicating that after creating  Adam, God realizes that it is not Good for man to be alone ( Genesis 2:18) The Lord God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him." I got this scripture from my own bible. And Ben Sira Continued to add to the biblical tale from that,  he goes on to saw the Almighty then fashions another person from the earth, a female called Lilith. Soon the human couple begin to fight, but neither one really hears the other. Lilith refuses to lie underneath Adam during sex, but he insist that the bottom is her rightful place. He apparently belives that lilith should submissively perform wifely duties. Lilith, on the other hand, is equal because we are both created from the earth.''
The validity of Lilith's argument is more apparent in Hebreww, where the words for man -Adam and 'Earth' come from the same root, adm [nst] [adam] [nst]=Adam; adamah [vnst] = earth. Since Lilith and Adam are formed of the same substance, they are alike in importance.
Eve meet Lilith. Lilith - depicted with a woman's face and a serpentine body - assaults Adam and Eve beneath the Tree of Knowledge.
Then I found according to Medieval Jewish apocryphal tradition which attempts to reconcile the two Creation stores presented in Genesis - Lilith was Adam's first wife.
In Genesis 1:27 'So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.' [From my bible] God creates man and woman simultaneously from the earth.  In  Genesis 2:7 'the Lord God formed the man from dust of the ground and breathed  into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became living being.[From my bible] however, Adam is created by himself from the earth; Eve is produced later, from Adam's rib. Genesis 2:21-22 'So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man's ribs and closed up the place with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. [From my bible]. Then In Jewish Legend(Erich Lessing/Art Resource,NY) , the name Lilith was attached to the woman who was created at the same time as Adam. The
struggle continues until Lilith becomes so frustrated with Adams stubbornness and arrogance that she brazenly 
pronounces the Tetragrammaton, the ineffable name of the Lord. God's name (YHWH), Translated as,
"Lord God' in most Bibles and roughly equivalent to the term "Yahweh," has long been considered so holy 
that it is unspeakable. During the days of the Jerusalem Temple, only the High Priest said the word out loud,
and then only once a year, on the Day of Atonement. In Jewish theology and practice, there is still mystery and majesty attached to God's special name. The Tetragrammaton is considered  "the name that comprises all" -Zohar.  In the Bible's burning bush Exodus: 3 Well the book of Exodus is quite long and it does talk a little about the meaning of the divine name and "I am what Iam , but there is so much more in the book than just that. The thing that I am finding is that I am not finding anything that has to do with Lilith in my bible.  
It seems that they get when God explains divine, or I am what I am - Is a formula for YHWH -vuvh, associated with the Hebrew root to be. The whole of the Torah is thought to be contained within the holy name. In That Alphabet, Lilith sins by impudently uttering the sacred syllables, thereby demonstrating to a medieval audience her unworthiness to reside in Paradise. So Lilith flies away, having gained power to do so by pronouncing Gods avowed named. Though made of the earth, she is nothing earthbound. her dramatic departure reestablishes for a new generation Lilith's supernatural character as a winged devil. 
In the Gilgamesh and Isaiah episodes, Lilith flees to desert spaces. Her destination is the Red Sea, site of 
historic and symbolic importance to the Jewish people. Just as the ancient Israelites achieve freedom Pharaoh at the Red Sea, so Lilith gains independence form Adam by going there. But even though Lilith is the one who leaves, it is she who feels rejected and angry. 
This has been a very interesting, and a kinda confusing post at least for myself. I really never have heard of Lilith before and I thought it would be interesting,but after doing the post I am a bit more confused.. I had my bible out when I was doing this post and even wrote out a few Scripture to try to understand where Lilith is in the bible or if its just a myth, legend or a different religious as I have mention in the post. I am glad I did the post as I am with each post that I do. Although I know now that sometime even with myself I am not always going to come up with the answers on each of my posts. 
I hope that You were interested.. I did my best ..
I have just added a few images photo's that explained more indetail about the Story of Lilith, I hope these last few images that I added will help you all:o) 
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