While the name Lilith does not even appear in the Bible, some have suggested that she was Adam’s first wife. The Genesis account records that Eve was formed from one of Adam’s ribs. Both were created on the same day (Gen. 1:26-28). That evening, God presented her to Adam and they were married.
Further proof of the fallacy of Lilith lies in the meaning of Eve’s name: “mother of all living” (Gen. 3:20). Besides Adam, no other human beings existed. The concept of Lilith comes from Gnostic legends. Gnostics misinterpreted many parts of the Bible. They based their false concepts on myth and legend, as is the case with Lilith.
The Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines Lilith as:
- A female figure who in rabbinic legend is Adam’s first wife, is supplanted by Eve, and becomes an evil spirit;
- A famous witch in medieval demonology.
There is no authority or validity in the idea that Adam had a wife prior to the creation of Eve. Lilith is a rabbinic legend with roots in medieval demonology. The Bible is the source of authority and clearly states that Eve was Adam’s “first wife.”
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