Book review: The Book of Lilith

by Robert G. Brown

★★★★★

I posted this tongue-in-cheek review more than a year ago on another site, but people continue to seem intrigued by Lilith, the first wife of Adam, so I thought I would risk the chance of someone taking me seriously, and let you all know about a fun book.

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This is the true Book of Lilith, recently discovered beneath Iraqi soil and dated to about 4,000 BC. It’s been painstakingly translated by Professor Brown, and an unnamed accomplice who prefers anonymity to unparalleled fame. (Do not confuse Brown’s publication of the Book of Lilith with the forgeries of more noted scholars).

If you’ve never heard of Lilith, you’re in for a treat. In Mesopotamian mythology, she is related to a class of demons, and in Jewish midrash, she’s the first wife of Adam, before Eve came along. Lilith herself penned the words of this book, and her story is both sensual and intelligent. Also a tad graphic, but you may not notice this; readers of ancient holy books become experienced in glossing over sex and violence.

Professor Brown is an avowed atheist, or so I imagine he once a-vowed, before a-writing this book. His atheism lends credibility to the truth of Lilith; if you are familiar with biblical criticism, you know the strength of the Criterion of Embarrassment. This basically proves the authenticity of the Lilith story, for here we have an atheist repeatedly acquiescing to discuss religious concepts such as God and Soul. (God, bless Her soul, seems to have chosen Professor Brown for this task; how could he refuse?)

Lilith is modern, hardly subservient, a libber before the term was coined, and rightfully so, for she is much more interesting than Adam–and knows it. Her job is to dispense souls to the world’s people, while Adam’s job is to make up all the rules. Needless to say, friction develops, and Adam and Lilith separate. Both head their own direction in what becomes a quest for enlightenment. Lilith’s writing style is also strikingly modern–witty and occasionally satirical toward the religious ideas she knew would evolve thousands of years later. Yes, luckily for 21st-century readers, Lilith possesses a preternatural knowledge of the future, and often expresses herself in idioms like “movies” and “skyscrapers,” concepts quite unfamiliar to ancient readers, but which make the text read more contemporary. (Curiously, Lilith seems to have no knowledge of events and inventions further in the future or scientific concepts beyond our current understanding, save one: an upcoming slaughter of billions in the name of God. Might the time have come?)

Like any holy book, Lilith’s theological wisdoms must be teased from its depths, and … well, let’s just say it’s a captivating book, whether the cover is open or closed. You might even come to see life’s purpose a little differently.

2 Comments

  1. Can I get the full text

  2. Junior AKUFFO addo

    Wonderfull

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