Her name was Lilith… and the myths and legends surrounding her date back farther than the original texts of the Bible.
Who was she?
Was there another woman that God created before Eve that rebelled?
Was she an ancient Sumerian demon?
Was she a counterpart to Lucifer?
Was she the originator of demons, nephilims and vampires?
These questions and many others have been theorized and studied for centuries. One thing all accounts seem to agree upon… Lilith was a force to be reckoned with.
Genesis speaks twice of creating woman. In the first chapter, verse 21 speaks of God creating man and woman… no mention of the woman being made from Adam’s rib. It isn’t until the second chapter, verse 22 that woman was created from man.
Lilith was the woman who was created from the same dust that Adam was… therefore his equal. She was intended as Adam’s mate, but Lilith was rebellious against her husband. She quarreled continuously with Adam and refused to sexually submit to him from an inferior position below.
At her rebellion’s culmination she unleashed her long hair and shouted the ineffable name of God. She thereby supernaturally sprouted wings and took flight from the garden.
After her departure Adam became lonely and sought to recover his errant wife. At his behest Jehovah sent three angels to return her. They found Lilith in the midst of the Red Sea. But she refused to return with them and chose instead to become the mother of demons. She did this not only by mating with demons, but by also stealing semen from men at night while they slept.
Because of Lilith’s refusal, the angels cursed her that every day 100 of her demon seed would die, and for Adam God created Eve as a replacement for his rebellious mate.
In revenge Lilith resolved that she would visit Eve’s children in childbirth and kill those whom she found were not protected by the names of the three angels.
The Zohar [document that stands at the foundation of Kaballah – perhaps the most important book on Lilith outside of the Bible] explains Lilith’s rebellious nature. It states that after God had formed Adam’s and Lilith’s bodies from the earth, Lilith became animated by the defective light of Lucifer, whereas Adam became animated by the holy spark of God’s perfect light.
From Genesis it is apparent that Lucifer’s defective light entered Lilith through a defiling mist which erupted from the ground and watered her body. This preempted God’s spirit in animating her. Therefore Lilith is said to be created from filth and sediment, whereas Adam is said to be created from dry dust, as he was untouched by the defiling mist. He was animated by God’s perfect light.
According to the Zohar and numerous Biblical evidences, Lilith later returned to the garden under the title of the Serpent.
Genesis reveals that the Serpent Lilith deceived Eve into eating of the forbidden tree and thereby caused her and Adam to fall. Because of this God cursed the Serpent Lilith and her seed. He declared that a doomed rivalry would exist between Lilith and Eve and between their seed. Lilith would bruise the heal of Eve’s seed, but Eve’s seed would crush the head of Lilith.
Lilith’s legend struck a cord in medieval Christian circles.
Michelangelo depicted Lilith as the Serpent in his famous paintings on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and she is likewise depicted as the tempting Serpent in a carving on the Notre Dame cathedral in France.
Since Lilith did not eat from the forbidden fruit from the Tree of Life, as Eve did, one may believe she isn’t subject to death [immortality]. She would prowl at night attacking sleeping men and steeling their semen.