Was Eve Really The First Woman On Earth According To The Bible? If So, Then What About Lilith?

Everyone who has read The Book of Genesis knows about Adam and Eve and the fall in the Garden of Eden. Adam was the first man made in the image of God and Eve was the first woman. However, there are some who claim that Eve was not the first woman and that there was one before her named Lilith. Though there is a lot of information about her, some of it is confusing. She is sometimes said to be a woman and sometimes said to be a demon. She is supposed to be the mother of the giants as well as a spirit that terrorizes babies.They even say that she is mentioned in the Bible in The Book of Genesis, though not by name. Was she the first woman as some people claim she was?


I first heard of Lilith when I read The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis. He mentioned her by name when speaking about where the White Witch came from. He said that she: "......comes from your father Adam's first wife, her they called Lilith. And she was one of the Jinn. " (Mr. Beaver- The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis)


"The Expulsion Of Adam And Eve From Paradise," by Benjamin West, 1791
"The Expulsion Of Adam And Eve From Paradise," by Benjamin West, 1791
"Lady Lilith," by Dante Rosetti.
"Lady Lilith," by Dante Rosetti.

After that, I searched for more information about this Lilith. There are many different stories about her and many opinions differ concerning her but all the stories seem to say that she was the first woman and that she was banished before Eve was created, because she refused to marry Adam or submit to him. I wanted to investigate the idea that she was mentioned in the Bible. Though the word Lilith does appear in The Book of Isaiah, this is not the Scripture that they say mentions her. It is in The Book of Genesis. They claim that the following verses support the fact that she existed and that she was the first woman.


"And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth." (Genesis 1 : 26-28)

These verses, located in Genesis Chapter One, is where those who believe in Lilith insist she in mentioned. This is evident, they say, because the detail of Eve's creation comes after, alluding to the fact that there was someone made before her. The detail that God gives of Adam and Eve's creation in Chapter Two is done, they say, solely to introduce Eve into the picture. The previous verses in Chapter One, they also say, described the creation of the two people made from the dust - Adam and Lilith.

The creation of Eve is recorded in The Book of Genesis Chapter Two where God made Eve out of the ribs of Adam.

"And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;

And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.

And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man." (Genesis 2: 21-23)

It is evident, they say, that Lilith was different, in that she was created from dust, like Adam, while Eve was created from Adam.

Some people genuinely believe that Lilith existed. As for me, I don't know because as far as I can see in black and white, she was not mentioned in the Bible. What I do know is that she was NOT the first woman.

The Bible says that Eve was the first woman and I do not dispute it. The words are there for all to see. If Lilith existed at all (which I do doubt) she was not the first woman.

Adam himself gave the definition of the word woman. He said that because she came from man, she would be called "woman". Eve came from a man, Adam, and she was called woman.

Since Lilith did not come from man, she was not a woman, far less the first woman. Adam did not name her as woman, it is clear, because she did not fit the definition. As for the argument concerning her existence, that is another topic entirely, I would simply state that if she did exist and was banished, then why was it not recorded in the Bible as the first sin?

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artofadulthood 4 years ago

Fascinating read. I agree with your conclusion that Eve was the fist woman, but I have heard those say that two women were created in Genesis. Keep up the good work!


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www.lookseenow 4 years ago

Nowhere in Genesis is this name mentioned. It does say, though that Adam and Eve gave birth to sons and daughters for some 600 years, None of these daughters are named.


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lambservant 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest

There are always people who want to come up with something new by twisting and mangling, or down right creating something in the Scriptures that isn't there. Very sad indeed and Paul warns us time and again to beware of false doctrine. However, this was interesting reading for sure.


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noturningback 4 years ago from Edgewater, MD. USA

The largest share of writings on Lilith portrays it as demonic, therefore I advise those to stay away from any promotion of it. The word lullaby, was meant as Lilith be gone, I think that sums it up.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

There are several stories of how Lilith was created and/or what she did. But, basically Lilith was a myth.

This is a very good hub and like lambservent said/wrote "beware of false doctrine." I agree very much with that.

Because in this day and age, there are many who believe that Lilith did exist, and some who even follow Lilith because she was an ' independent woman'.


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North Wind 4 years ago from The World (for now) Author

Hello artofadulthood,

Thanks for reading. I am glad that you come to the same conclusion.


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North Wind 4 years ago from The World (for now) Author

Hello www.lookseenow,

You are right it is not mentioned at all. You are also right when you say that none of Adam and Eve's daughters were named but perhaps one was because then who did Cain marry?

Thank you for reading.


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North Wind 4 years ago from The World (for now) Author

Hi lambservant,

Paul does warn us as does John and many others.The twisting of Scripture is a sad thing. Shakespeare said, "The devil can cite Scripture for a purpose," and the twisting and mangling does have a purpose - to draw one away from the truth.

Thanks for your insightful comment.


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North Wind 4 years ago from The World (for now) Author

I have read that she was believed to be demonic, noturningback, and you are right, we should stay away from things of an evil nature.

Thank you for your comment.


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North Wind 4 years ago from The World (for now) Author

Hi Michele,

I too heard of those who follow Lilith because they believe she was independent as you say. I suppose her story is empowering to those women who wish to be 'free' from the shackles of men. Whatever the reason, her story is false doctrine.

Thank you so much for visiting and commenting :)


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Abrushing1968 4 years ago from USA- Florida

North Wind:

I have never taken the Lilith myth seriously. The idea that God created another woman before Eve seems silly.

Even so you have done a wonderful job here. I knew nothing about Lilith outside of the Frasier Crane show.

Thanks a bunch

ABR


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North Wind 4 years ago from The World (for now) Author

Hello Airbrush1968,

Thank you for reading and commenting. I agree that that idea does not seem to have merit but people do believe it. I think that it is easy for some, or perhaps more alluring, to believe the mysterious and mythical rather than the plain truth.


Mark 4 years ago

After Adam had completed naming the animals he understood from this his need for a mate but none of the animals he reviewed were suitable.

Had Lilith existed prior to Eve this would not have been so and God would not have proceeded to create a woman as a mate for Adam.


Emissary0073 4 years ago

Genesis 5:1-2: This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him: Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.


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North Wind 4 years ago from The World (for now) Author

Hello Mark,

Thank you for your comment. Your point is a good one and I agree. Adam would not have been lonely, that is very true.

Thank you for reading - it is much appreciated.


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North Wind 4 years ago from The World (for now) Author

Hello Emisary0073,

Thank you for that Bible verse. The word of God does speak for itself and this verse does show the relationship between Adam and Eve. It shows that they were created together.


Emissary0073 4 years ago

I understand this verse to speak to the fact that, on the sixth day, God created Adam as a species like the other animals and told Adam (male & female/the species) to have dominion over the earth. He blessed them and told them to be fruitful, multiply and replenish the earth and subdue it.(Gen. 1:26-28).

Food for thought; God always prepares for Himself a remnant, a set aside people. Was the Adam (Gen. 1:8) in the garden ( of the species last created on the earth) and the woman made from his rib (Gen.2:22) such an objective? This was the woman that was named Eve by Adam. It seems that the Adams (male and female) whose creation was recorded in verse 7 of Chapter 2, might have been different from those in the garden. Thereby giving explanation as to where Cain's fear (after slaying Abel) of being a fugitive and a vagabone in the earth (requiring an identifying mark Gen. 4:14-15) and his wife (vs.17) came from.


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HaleyMCruz 4 years ago from California

Wow, interesting hub!! I loved it! I've heard about Lilith before, and I wondered where she fit into the Bible. You've prompted me to look into this story on my own, and I loved your hub. Cheers!


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North Wind 4 years ago from The World (for now) Author

Hello Emissary0073,

Thanks for the food for thought. That is interesting and I understand what you mean. I always thought that the people Cain was afraid of were his own relatives, that is, the brothers and sisters and the descendants from them that had populated the earth. Since Adam attained such a great age, I did not think that it would have been too far-fetched for him to have that many offspring and they in turn produce more.

God does always provide a remnant, but then why would the first people be called Adam and then God call the second man He makes Adam again and this time allow Adam to name the woman separately?


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North Wind 4 years ago from The World (for now) Author

Hello HaleyMCruz,

I am always glad if what I have written leads people to the Bible. All the answers to eternal life is in there. Thank you so much for reading. I am very glad that you liked the hub. God bless you!


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Felipe717 3 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

The title of your Hub caught my eye so I had to read it because I never heard of Lilith. Thanks for the Hub!


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North Wind 3 years ago from The World (for now) Author

Hello Felipe717,

Many people do not know about Lilith but there are some who truly believe that she was the first woman. I am glad that the hub interested you enough to read it.

Thanks!


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Valorie Esquilona 3 years ago from Philippines

Nice hub, I liked it so much! Mind blowing and really interesting..


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North Wind 3 years ago from The World (for now) Author

Thank you Valorie Esquilona, I am glad that you found it interesting.


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celafoe 3 years ago from Planet earth. between the oceans

what heretical foolishness. genesis 2 is just more details about Genesis 1 and anyone can see that. Eve was the only "created" woman all others ever , were born. this is too ridiculous for words


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North Wind 3 years ago from The World (for now) Author

Thank you for your comment, celafoe. I could not believe that there were those who did believe this but it turns out to be quite a number of people. Here on HubPages, if you search, you will find those who believe that Lilith existed and I would even say, adore her.


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celafoe 3 years ago from Planet earth. between the oceans

Its is unbelievable what some on here that call themselves Christian, believe. I am amazed every day.

did you notice that all the false stuff get more attention than what is actually scriptural on here?

And then there are all the lovey-dovey liberals that really don't know what the believe. But they will use what other people say to try to defend their position. The only thing I will even consider is scripture -IN CONTEXT- and they don't have a clue what that means.

But that's why I am on here to refute the errors, and that really makes em mad that someone dares to expose them.

We can thank all the foolish churches of men for this.

I have actually found less than 10 so far that I am comfortable calling brother or sister. I sure hope there are more.

god bless you and keep up the good work


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North Wind 3 years ago from The World (for now) Author

It appears that people are drawn to these kinds of stories and do have a fascination with the darkness, celafoe. They somehow manage to twist Scripture to make it agree with what they believe and God's character changes daily for many people.

Scripture in context is an absolute for me as well.

God bless you too!


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Flightkeeper 3 years ago from The East Coast

I thought Lilith was mentioned somewhere in the Jewish writings, so I actually didn't concern myself with it. However, you make a very good point that Eve was proclaimed as the first woman in the Bible.


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North Wind 3 years ago from The World (for now) Author

Hi Flightkeeper,

Lilith is actually a part of Jewish mythology. The word mythology says it all.

Thanks for your comment and for reading the hub!

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