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Rebecca Lesses

Rebecca Lesses, an assistant professor of Jewish studies at Ithaca College, New York, received her B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in religion from Harvard University. She has published Ritual Practices to Gain Power: Angels, Incantations and Revelations in Early Jewish Mysticism (1998) and several articles on related topics.

Articles by this author

Lilith

Until the late twentieth century the demon Lilith, Adam’s first wife, had a fearsome reputation as a kidnapper and murderer of children and seducer of men. Only with the advent of the feminist movement in the 1960s did she acquire her present high status as the model for independent women. The feminist theologian judith plaskow’s A type of non-halakhic literary activitiy of the Rabbis for interpreting non-legal material according to special principles of interpretation (hermeneutical rules).midrash on the story of Lilith played a key role in transforming Lilith from a demon to a role model. As an individual Lilith is first known from the Alphabet of Ben Sira, a provocative and often misogynist satirical Hebrew work of the eighth century c.e., but the liliths as a category of demons, along with the male lilis, have existed for several thousand years.

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