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ANAHITA December 1999

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Those who preceded Eve?

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[log in to unmask] (Phoebe Allison) writes:

<<   For example, what
 >myths are extant about the women who preceeded Eve? > >>

    For this you want Midrash, explications du texte.  Go to Ginzberg's
_Legends of the Jews_ (1909).
    You might also want to take a look at the 18th century _Me'am Lo'ez_,
which is a compendium of Sephardic lore to be read, with the text, which is
included, as a sort of targum (guide).  It was written in Ladino for people
who had lost their roots in the diaspora after the Spanish
expulsion/Inquisition.  The only English edition I know was done in the '60s
by ArtScroll.
    You might also want to take a look at the somewhat antiquated
Trachtenberg _Jewish Magic & Superstition_, 1939.  That will give you an idea
of Eve (Hawwah) & her role in the world of magic.
    There was no _woman_ who preceded Eve in our received text, but these
might give you a richer idea of the Lady of Life in the culture which, while
expressed by men, certainly had its female components.

Sheila Shiki y Michaels

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