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This book, described in the introduction as a ‘psychological anthology,’ seeks to generate a connection between the reader and the figure of Lilith informed by historical source material.


Although Lilith has been widely known as a representation and cause of evil, Koltuv addresses the cause of these notions in The Book of Lilith, interrogating how societal change alters the spiritual significance of this legendary figure. Excerpts from a range of historic texts are presented in this book including text from The Zohar, The Babylonian Talmud, The Jerusalem Bible, and

more. Alongside these primary sources, Koltuv’s commentary provides a fascinating perspective on how Lilith is perceived and what her representation says not only about the cultures who generated these narratives, but contemporary society as well. Koltuv’s commentary is primarily concerned with the ideology of traditional patriarchy and the ways in which Lilith represents a femininity that exists outside of this framework. Barbara Black Koltuv is a Jungian analyst with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University.


Lake Worth: Nicolas Hayes, 1986. Paperback, 127 pages. New.

The Book of Lilith - Barbara Black Koltuv, Ph.D.