Overview of Lilith

Overview of Lilith by Alan Humm
   An article on Lilith I wrote in The Ashgate Encyclopedia of Literary and Cinematic Monsters
From Hebrew Myths by Robert Graves and Raphael Patai
An essay by Jeffrey Smith (from babylon-l, collected by Renee Rosen).

Ancient Sources for Lilitu/Lilit

Exerpt from a Prologue to Gilgamesh (may be a Lilith ref.)
Apotropaic magic from Arslan Tash (Syria) 7th. c. BC
Lilith's Appearances in the Bible
Lilith in the Dead Sea Scrolls
Lilith in 2 Baruch
Lilith in Incantation Bowls
Lilith in the Talmud
The First Eve: Genesis Rabbah

Her Role in Jewish Mysticism

Exerpt from Isaac b.Jacob ha-Kohen's Treatise on the Left Emanation: Kabbalistic demonology with a somewhat different take on Lilith
Origins from various Kabbalistic sources
The Seductress from various sources
In the pantheon of demons from various sources
And Lilith's husband, Samael from various sources
Lilith as God's consort
Her ultimate defeat from various sources

In Folklore and Traditional Literature

Incubus-Succubus from The Ashgate Encyclopedia of Literary and Cinematic Monsters
Adam's first wife. From the Alphabet of Ben Sira
Mirrors are windows into Lilith's world

In Modern Magic

"Of certain Jewish theories" from Aleister Crowley's De Arte Magica: As Succubus
A simple invocation prayer Needs help with translation from Italian
Michelle Bitton: "Déchiffrement d'une Amulette Juive du XXème Siècle". A translation (into French) and analysis of several apotropaic amulets, with photos.
A 18/19th c. apotropaic amulet. Text, translation, and photo.

In Modern Literature

George MacDonald's novel, Lilith: a romance.
Various Lilith poems, mostly collected from the web
Discourse In George Bernard Shaw's Back to Methuselah


Some collected Lilith pictures [Some may or may not be of our demoness] (please write me if you have some others)

The Many Faces of Lilith

The Sin of Independence: Milton's Female Characters by The Raewyn. A scholarly treatment which addresses the extent to which Milton may have been aware of and influenced by Lilith myth and folklore.
Alejandro Arturo González Terriza: Isis, Lilith, Gello: Three Ladies of Darkness. A nice scholarly analysis of the parallels between Lilith, Isis, and the ghost-demon Gello/Gylú.

Other Sources and Comments

'Lilith' description in the Yoni collection of pages

Lilith Bibliography
Index of Passages used in this Page


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