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Today, we discussed the representations of Lilith and other Biblical figures in several interpretative writings. In The Alphabet of Ben Sira, Lilith is portrayed demonically, a possible means of explaining premature death of children and emphasizing the submissive role of females. In Eve and Lilith, the author describes Lilith as an emblem of female sexuality, a threat to men. Finally, The Coming of Lilith depicts Eve and Lilith as distant from Adam and God; God also emulates the typical “feminine” qualities of confusion, fear, and indecision.