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A proper noun that appears in only one place in the Bible: Isaiah 34:14.
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LILITH (DEITY) [Heb lı̂lı̂t (לִילִית)]. Lilith is the Hebrew form of Akk lilı̄tu (the feminine form of lilû), which was a species of lesser deities in Mesopotamia known for their diabolical activities (Farber RLA 7: 23; Porada RLA 7: 24–25; CAD s.v. lilû). Very little information has been found relating
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
LILITH (Heb. lîlîṯ, Is. 34:14, rvmg., jb; lxx onokentauros; Symm., Vulg. lamia (Jerome, ‘avenging fury’); av ‘screech owl’; avmg., rv ‘night-monster’; rsv ‘night hag’; niv ‘night creatures’).This name appears in a description of the terrible desolation of Edom, and presents great difficulties of
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Lilith (Heb. lɩ̂lɩ̂ṯ)A demon attested only in Isa. 34:14, but whose Mesopotamian roots go back to the 3rd millenium b.c. The Babylonian Lilitu was a female spirit who could not bear children, but instead gave forth poison from her breasts by which she would seek to kill babies. She was also associated
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Lilith [lĭlˊĭth] (Heb. lîlîṯ; cf. Phoen. llyn).† According to rabbinical tradition the first wife of Adam who left him because she was not granted full equality. Some scholars equate her with the Sumerian Belit-ili (Belili) or the Canaanite Baalat.In later Jewish thought her descendants,
Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible
LILITH ליליתI. The Heb term lîlît as a →demon in Isa 34:14 is connected by popular etymology with the word laylâ ‘night’. But it is certainly to be considered a loan from Akk lilı̄tu, which is ultimately derived from Sum líl.II. The Mesopotamian evidence for this demon reaches back to the 3rd millennium
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 3, H–L
Lilith lil’ith (לִילִית H4327, derivation uncertain). This name is used by the NRSV and some other versions as a transliteration of a Hebrew word that occurs only once in a passage describing the terrible desolation that will befall Edom (Isa. 34:14). The term is associated, probably by popular etymology,
All the People in the Bible: An A–Z Guide to the Saints, Scoundrels, and Other Characters in Scripture
LilithThe story of Lilith comes from an ancient legend that bears absolutely no rabbinic or Talmudic authority—it is rejected by all rabbinic scholars—yet it has pervaded Jewish folklore for millennia. It is a classic example of scholastic sloppiness.A medieval anti-Semitic work called Alphabetum Siracidis
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
LILITH lil´ith [לִילִית lilith]. Lilith (“night bird,” ESV) appears only in Isa 34:14 (“conjectured,” Job 18:15, JB) in a list with wildcats (tsiyim צִיִּים), hyenas (ʾiyim אִיִּים), and goat-demons (saʿir [שָׂעִיר], “satyr,” RSV), suggesting that the lilith was a desert creature (“nightjar,” NEB, considering