A Tale of Two Sisters: The Image of Eve in Early Rabbinic Literature and Its Influence on the Portrayal of Lilith in the Alphabet of Ben Sira

  title={A Tale of Two Sisters: The Image of Eve in Early Rabbinic Literature and Its Influence on the Portrayal of Lilith in the Alphabet of Ben Sira},
  author={Wojciech J. Kosior},
  journal={Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women's Studies \& Gender Issues},
  pages={112 - 130}
  • Wojciech J. Kosior
  • Published 5 June 2018
  • Linguistics
  • Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women's Studies & Gender Issues
Abstract:The purposes of this paper are (1) to outline the early Jewish traditions concerning Lilith, so as to provide the backdrop for (2) the reconstruction of the main elements of her image in the Alphabet of Ben Sira (ABS), which contains the most elaborate variant of the Lilith-myth. The latter in turn will be (3) confronted with the early rabbinic traditions concerning Eve, so as (4) to present the role of Lilith in unburdening Eve of her problematic past, on the one hand, and (5) to… 
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