Did Adam have more than one wife and how do we know?
According to rabbinical legend Adam may have had a twin named Lillith that was before Eve. But because Lillith wouldn't submit God made a more docile eve. Here are some links. http://petragrail.tripod.com/lilith.html http://www.pantheon.org/articles/l/lilith.html but the basic legend is this.
A female demon of the night who supposedly flies around searching for newborns to either strangle or kidnap. Also, she sleeps with men to seduce them into propagating demon sons.
Legends about Lilith are ancient. The rabbinical myths of her being Adam's first wife seem to relate to the Sumero-Babylonian goddess Belit-ili, or Belili. To the Canaanites Lilith was Baalat ~ the 'Divine Lady'. On a tablet from your, circa 2000BC, she was addressed as Lillake.
It is from the Hebraic rabbinical tradition that the first substantial myths of Lilith come. One story is that God created Adam and Lilith as twins joined together at the back.
She demanded equality with Adam and, failing to get it, she left him in anger. This is sometimes accompanied by the Muslem legend that after leaving Adam, Lilith slept with Satan, thus creating the demonic Djinn.
In another version of the myth she was Adam's first wife, before Eve. Adam married her because he became tired of coupling with animals, a common Middle-Eastern practice, although the Old Testament declared this a sin ~ Deuteronomy 27:21. Adam tried to make her lie beneath him during congress, and refusing to meet this demand for male dominance, Lilith cursed Adam and hurried to her home by the Red Sea.
Adam complained to God, who sent three Angels, Sanvi, Sansanvi and Semangelaf, to bring her back to Eden. Lilith cursed and rebufed the Angels. Whilst by the Red Sea, Lilith became a lover to demons and produced 100 babies a day.
The Angels said that God would take those demon children away from her unless she returned to Adam. When she did not return she was punished accordinly. God then gave Adam the docile Eve.
According to some, Lilith's fecundity and sexual preferances showed she was the Great Mother of settled agricultural tribes who resisted the invasion of the nomadic herdsmen represented by Adam.
It is felt that the early Hebrews disliked the Great Mother who drank the blood of Abel, the herdsman, after being slain by the elder god of agriculture and smithcraft, Cain ~ Genesis 4:11.
Even though the story of Lilith disappeared from the canonical Bible, her daughters ~ the Lilim ~ have haunted men for over a thousand years. Well into the Middle Ages Jews were still making amulets to keep away the Lilim. Supposedly, they were lusty she demons who copulated with men in their dreams.
All Biblical stories have been handed down and are nothing more than old wives tales. There isn't a shred of proof that any of those miraculous events really happened. And why not believe in a demon goddess? It's no more ridiculous than the concepts of Satan, a ghost telling you what to do, or an invisible friend in the sky.
Not trying to offend - just pointing out that it's all ludicrous on the face of it.
The question is legitimate and far from stupid. Domzila provides a good account of the Jewish story of Lilith. It's not in your typical Bible but I would imagine that the Jews know their own stories pretty well.
WHAT KIND OF BUSSSHIT QUEST IS THAT, cus he had only one wife. In the bIble it states that god made only one eve for adam. sorry for being rude.
yea that was kind of a stupid question, we know because ethe bible says it on like the second page and we know that he was only married to eve
I prefer to believe the biblical account of Adam and Eve, not some demon goddess, that has been handed down as an old wives tale.
One day every knee will bow, everyone will confess that Jesus is Lord who made Adam and Eve.