Eve and Lilith: Revisiting the Stories of Creation

January 21, 2024 4:00 pm

With KS Community Engagement Specialist Dani Rader

REGISTER HERE by Monday, January 8, 2024

Are you curious about the creation narratives in the book of Genesis? Have you heard about the figure of Lilith, but are unsure of her place in the Jewish tradition? This hour-long Zoom course will explore the conflicting creation narratives in Genesis 1 and Genesis 2, with an emphasis on the figures of Eve and Lilith. We will do a close reading of the two creation stories in the book of Genesis, paying particular attention to the themes of gender, power, and community.

We will also delve into rabbinic midrash, or biblical commentary, that seeks to explain the differences between the two accounts of creation through the figure of Lilith, whom the rabbis imagine as a precursor to Eve. Alongside rabbinic commentaries, we will explore feminist responses to Genesis 1 and 2 and consider the interpretive issues raised by the biblical text in light of contemporary Jewish feminist concerns.