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Book of Lilith [Paperback]

Barbara Black Koltuv
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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Hays (Nicolas) Ltd ,U.S. (13 Nov 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892540141
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892540143
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 227,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A strange, but thought-evoking little book 9 Oct 2013
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This book treats a difficult and somewhat elusive topic in an almost lyric tone - which
impelled me to a second reading (and, no doubt, has inspired me for a third). I can only recommend
this little colourful monograph for anyone interested in the psychological character of the Inanna/Ishtar/Astarte/Lilith

It should be noted, as also stated by the author in the introduction leaf, that this is not a historical account of the religious deity
of old Sumer and Babylon, but a psychological (if not metaphysical ...) themed essay,
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read, Highly recommended. 28 Feb 1999
By A Customer
I found the above book informative and at times quite delightful. The Myth is well researched and the Author puts Lilith across in terms the modern woman can relate to. An excellent read for those who wish to experience the complex and undeniably feminine aspects, of the most misunderstood of all females. Lilith mother of Demons, consort of God and first wife of Adam. I loved it.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lilith, The long haired she demon of the night 14 Dec 1998
By A Customer
This book teaches us much about Lilith, the first wife of Adam, and Queen of Demons. But it also paints a different picture of her. A picture of feminine streangth and dominance. This book is a wonderful way to introduce yourself to Lilith, and to help you learn the importance of getting in touch with the Lilith in yourself. I highly recomend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Format issues 25 Aug 2013
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Can't really evaluate the quality of the text because the formatting is so bad. One word per line does not make for easy reading!
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2.0 out of 5 stars nice pictures, not so great research 18 Oct 1999
By Renee L. Rosen-wakeford - Published on
Although I do credit this book with whetting my appetite to research further into Lilith and I did enjoy reading it when I first started it, after I did more research myself, I realized how flawed Koltuv's research is. She makes assertions while giving no evidence (such as stating that Lilith appears in Germanic mythology, which she doesn't), and she throws a lot of non-Lilith myths, stories, etc., that are similar to Lilith but treats them as if they are actually directly connected instead of just being "archetypally" connected. She also makes the usual claim that Lilith was originally a goddess, and, per usual, gives no evidence for this assertion. This is an OK intro to Lilith book and is a fun read, but do your serious research into Lilith elsewhere.
37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst book that I've read in decades. 6 Oct 2003
By Curtis Oneal - Published on
When I picked up this book I was hoping for a summary of research about Lilith or at least a good starting place for such. I would have accepted a book that was based on psycholoigal archetypes, or on myths and folklore, or one on historical Jewish Mysticism, or even one on modern ideas in a magico-religious community about the subject. What I read was a sloppy mixture of all of the above which was in my opinion poorly written.
The mishmosh of "factoids" about Lilith were almost always presented without context. Which ever of the above categories a "fact" or offered perspective was presented- its category was not exposed (if at all) until after the annecdote was narrated, which of course interfered with the way the reader understands or digests the information. Sometimes facts of one type were in a chapter that led the reader to believe it was another type.
For instance, many of theses anecdotes which seemed to be folklore, were actually dream sequences from the psychologist author's analysands. Therefore they were dreams that people had that were Lilith-like, and not details about a real figure of myth, or a historically researchable topic of any kind. Many times the story presented was a folklore-like sequence from a play or story. Usually there was no contextual information about the author or dreamer and what exposure to the myth that person may have had.
These factoids, annecdotes, fictional snippets, and dreams (which the author may have labled Lilith archetypes but it is unclear if the dreamer/analysands would have done so...)are presented without any clearly articulated argument, so the book proceeds without a point, and with incredibly sloppy "evidense".
I wouldn't reccomend this book to anyone, and I don't want to give it even one star.
The only vaulable points of interest that I found in the book were the photos of amulets against Lilith or Lillith like "night hags" and the names of the books used to research her topic. ( I don't believe that a bibliography was used either.)
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Take On Lilith 29 July 2008
By William G. Pratt - Published on
This is an interesting little book on the subject of Adam's first wife. There were a lot of references in it but unfortunately I couldn't always distinguish between what was historical fact and which was just contemporary Jungian analysis.
What I liked about the book was it's treatment of Lilith as a sub-archetype to be explored. I found both the dream sequences of Dr. Koltuv's analysands and the folktales to be interesting in the sense of demonstrating practical views and applications of this sub-archetype.
What I didn't like was the tangled web of information which makes anyone who isn't a Jungian analyst confused as to what is objective and what is dreamed/interpreted. This book would have been better off putting the Jungian applications and illustrations into a certain section and the actual historical and mythological information into another.
Overall, I recommend this book to anyone interested in either Jungian psychology or Lilith, but with a forewarning that the information is not complete and further research will be necessary before really coming to a more academic understanding of what and who Lilith is.
10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Phycological Look. 9 Jun 2003
By Kitty - Published on
When I bought this book I was hoping for some information in the diffrent myths and beliefs about Lilith. Instead I found a phycological book about the view of women and how that was seen in the stories of Lilith. A great read and one I would suggest you invest in. But remember this is a book about all of women and not just Lilith.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 21 Aug 2013
By Pat deMills - Published on
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If you like lengthy quotations from Jewish fables and old Ms. Magazine articles, this is the book for you. If you wanted understanding of the myth, or entertaining reading, or something more intellectually substantial, you should look elsewhere.
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