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Lilith
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is the name of a female demon (Demons and Spirits: II) of Babylonian/Sumerian origin that is mentioned only once in the Bible in Isa 34:14. From a philological and tradition-historical point of view, the name Lilith cannot be deciphered with certainty (“night demon”?). In analogy to the Babylonian demon Labartu or Lamashtu, the endangering of pregnant women and the killing of newborn children are attributed to her. The Babylonian Talmud particularly emphasizes her sexual curiosity (Lilith as the seductress of men) and her position within demonology (b. ʿErub. 100b; b.…

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Veltri, Giuseppe, “Lilith”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_13039>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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