I checked out this really cool book from the library called Don't Know Much About the Bible. It talks about a Hebrew legend recorded in the medieval Alphabet of Ben Sira regarding a Lilith who was Adam's first wife, who preceded Eve. In this version, Lilith is created from the earth, as Adam was. In the Talmud, Lilith was also made out of dust, but her crime was even more specific: she balked at the way Adam wished to make love, with the man on top. When Adam refused Lilith's demand that she be regarded as his equal, she walked out on him. Then she uttered the unspeakable name of God and was sent to live with the demons, becoming a demon herself.
Lilith doesn't appear in Genesis, and the only biblical reference to this mystery woman is a single line in Isiah that mentions her as a female demon. A Canaanite demon called Lilitu who tormented men may have inspired the Hebrew Lilith, and the figure has been traced back even further to Babylonian mythology. The Lilith demon was later depected as a slayer of infants and women in pregnancy and childbirth who came out at night and drank human blood. In essence, Lilith was the first vampire, predating Count Dracula by thousands of years.
Scholars who approach the Bible from a "feminist" viewpoint suggest that Lilith was actually created before Eve, but male authors then introduced Eve as her opposite. In their view, Eve was more acceptable as the docile and dependent woman, a kind of biblical Betty Crocker. These feminist readings celebrate Lilith as headstrong, self-reliant, even sexually aggressive---a biblical version of rock and roll's Madonna. That is totally at odds with how women were viewed in the male-dominated society of the ancient Near East. In any case, if you stick to Genesis, there was no Lilith and Adam never had to choose between Betty Crocker and Madonna.
I wanted to post this story because I thought not only was it interesting, but I also wanted to throw out the question: Guys, if you had to choose between marrying Betty Crocker or Madonna, which one would you choose? And Gals, same question but in reverse, lets say Ward Cleaver or the male version of Madonna.(Couldn't think of anyone)