Someone suggested, in reply to a request for characters like Glen
Close's in _Fatal Attraction_, "a Biblical character by the name
of Lillith." Just to keep matters straight, there is only one
Biblical ref to Lilith, and that not in the King James
translation, where the "screech owl" of Isaiah 34:14 is elsewhere
translated as Lilith, a word that in fact is etymologically
related to "air" and is a pre-Hebrew storm goddess. The _legends_
of Lilith, putative first wife of Adam, are mostly available in a
book by ben Sirah and are the basis of many works, perhaps most
famously George MacDonald's _Lilith_, a religious allegory. In
the Bible itself, that one ref says nothing about Lilith, her
character, whether she was the wife of anyone, etc.
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