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A Lilith Bibliography, v. 0.1
This is the rough draft of an annotated bibliography of books of interest toward those researching Lilith. I plan to flesh it out more as soon as I get the chance, so check this space again soon for even more books.
If you feel that I've left out an important book, or you feel that I didn't do one of the books on here justice, please feel free to email me about it, and I'll consider incorporating your suggestions in future drafts of this document.
In both the case of the Hurwitz book and the Schwartz book, I haven't finished the complete books, so I may revise my opinions/descriptions of them later.
- Lilith: the First Eve by Siegmund Hurwitz.
- The book is divided into two secions: a historical overview of the figure of Lilith and a Jungian analysis of the archetype she represents. The historical half is excellent, but the psychological interpretation is marred by his anti-feminist stance and a typical Jungian essentialist approach to gender. (Einsiedeln: Daimon Verlag, 1992.)
- The Book of Lilith by Barbara Black Kotluv, PhD.
- Jungian feminist interpretation of the Lilith legends. Fun and interesting to read, but rather shaky at times in terms of scholarship, although it's useful as modern thealogy of Lilith *if* you agree with her interpretations. (York Beach: Nicolas-Hays: Dist. by S. Weiser, 1986.)
- The Hebrew Goddess by Raphael Patai.
- Excellent resource for not only Lilith but other Hebrew goddesses as well, such as Asherah, Astarte, and the Maitronit. An excellent first source for those wanting to research Lilith because it is scholarly but not dry. (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1990.)
- Lilith's Cave by Howard Schwartz.
- Fascinating collection of translations and adaptations of various Jewish folk stories, mostly centering on Lilith and other related figures (such as the Queen of Sheba, another form of Lilith, and Ashmodai). (San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1990.)
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