Mary Alice Bennett as well as Dr.Barbara Young have written extensively about Mary Magdelene and the Divine and the so called Divine Feminine. Ms.Bennett tried to argue that Jesus was called Rabbi so he must have been married. This is of course false. He was called Raboni which just means teacher and has no necessity of marriage. Dr. Young argued similarly to try and show that Jesus married Mary Magdelene and had children which of course is not only preposterous but also has no historical or better yet religious validity. He was pure and without sin, not a mortal husband and father. If Jesus did not die on the cross and was not resurrected on third day, then we are all lost forever in our sins with no hope of eternal life. No crucified, resurrected Jesus, no eternal life for us.
While there are strands of this goddess motif running through parts of Judaism influenced by Sumerian and Babylonian influences, they are by no means all positive. Read Hebrew Myths by Robert Graves and Raphael Patai and The Hebrew Goddess by Raphael Patai. Sure there is the Matronit, the supposed wife of God and the Shekinah, the Sabbath Queen, but there is also the Queen of the Damned, the great temptress, Lilith.
Lilith is first mentioned in the Book of Isaiah in 34:14 where she is called the night demon. This was written around 700 BC. Around five hundred years later, she is mentioned in the Dead Sea Scroll Songs of the Sages. The Talmud of 400 AD mentions her several times. The Zohar, the so called bible of Jewish mysticism, written around 1200 AD, also mentions her several times. But is the mystical Midrash, Alpha Ben Sira, written around 800 AD that gives the best description of her origin.
According to the Alpha Ben Sira, Lilith was the first woman created separately just like Adam but unlike Adam she was created from filth and sewage not clean dirt. Adam mated with this demoness and from that union sprang innumerable demons that still plague mankind to this very day. Lilith did not want to be subservient to Adam. She even did not want to lie beneath him in lovemaking. She is the quintessential feminist archetype. She fled and flew away.
Adam complained to God and God sent three angels, Senoy, Sansenoy and Samangelof to bring her back. They found her at the Red Sea bearing one hundred demons a day.
They begged her to return to Adam or they would destroy her but Lilith refused. She told them that God had ordered her to take charge of newborn children, boys until their eight day and circumcision and girls until their 20th day. Lilith told them that if she saw their three names on an amulet she would spare the children. Thus Jewish women and even some newborns to this very day wear an amulet with these names to protect their children from the evil eye of Lilith.
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