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Dr. Seigmund Hurwitz was a member of the innermost circle of C.G. Jung's so called Zurich school and he received his analytical training from Jung, Toni Wolff and Marie-Louise von Franz. He was long a scholar of Jewish mysticism and, with his gift for language, was often sought out by Jung and others when there were ancient texts to be consulted. Dr. Hurwitz published numerous articles and books over the course of his long lifetime, and he continues to maintain a small analytical practice in Zurich until his death in the Summer of 1994.

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  • Paperback: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Daimon Verlag; 3rd Revised edition edition (August 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 385630732X
  • ISBN-13: 978-3856307325
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,648,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Smilin Sam on June 15, 2012
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If you're looking for a genuine understanding of Lilith, "The First Eve" -- THIS AIN'T IT. If you're looking to see how Lilith has been perpetually demonized by a feminiphobic, elitist, male dominated hierarchy -- then you've hit the mother lode. Relying very heavily on Gershom Scholem (an outsider to Jewish mysticism trying to understand Jewish mysticism from a limited academic perspective) as his primary authenticator of Jewish/Hebrew sources, Mr. Hurwitz engages in what I'd call pseudo-intellectual sleight of hand. He appears to cite authoritative sources, but all he does is perpetuate the same one-sided, party line view of Lilith that's been poisoning this world since its creation. And given the fact that Mr. Hurwitz is among the inner circle of one of the most male-dominated psychiatric strains of all time -- Jungian psychiatry -- it's no wonder. Avoid this book like the plague unless you're interested in who Lilith is NOT, and/or if you're interested in how she's been slandered for almost 6,000 years.

By way of contrast, here's my totally subjective, non-academic understanding of Lilith:

Lilith was the first wife of Adam, created by G-d to be Adam's equal partner. Even though Lilith is not mentioned specifically by name (the beginning of the slander campaign against her) the Talmudic and mystical sages of Israel picked up on an apparent discrepancy between Genesis 1:27 and Genesis 2:18. Without going into a lot of the technical exegesis-laden details, Genesis 1:27 describes the creation of a male and a female, while 2:18 describes the creation of Eve. If male and female were already created in 1:27, what's the deal with Eve then being created in 2:18?
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By Claire on July 13, 2014
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This book is an in-depth, well-researched paper written by a student of Jung, whose knowledge of ancient myth and the Hebrew language allows him to trace the story of Lillith from its first incarnation to modern times. It's a fascinating examination of an archetype that still influences modern thought. Like other reviewers said, this book is not for beginners, or for people with only a cursory interest in the subject. This is something you might read in a 300 or 400 level Psych class, and would be an incredibly useful resource for a thesis or dissertation.
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5 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Catjulie on December 4, 2011
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This Book is definitely not for the average reader! This author, gets way too indepth on areas that are not even interesting to the person who just wants to learn about the story of Lillith. Reads more like a text book. If your looking for an easy to understand book on Lillith, this isn't it.
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