Philosophy in the Contemporary World

Volume 1, Issue 4, Winter 1994

Henny Wenkart
Pages 40-44

Feminist Revaluation of the Mythical Triad, Lilith, Adam, Eve
A Contribution to Role Model Theory

This essay inquires into the need for and power of role models, and suggests some answers. The example it employs to study the issue is the contemporary Jewish feminist “role model,” Lilith, first wife of Adam. Various and opposite forms of the Lilith-and-Adam myth through the ages are given, including new contributions from a Lilith anthology in preparation by the author and others. Those needs of women and men that the mythical “role model” is constructed to satisfy are suggested.