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The Book of Lilith

by
Robert G. Brown
Duke University Physics Department
Durham, NC 27708-0305
Copyright Robert G. Brown, 2014


Abstract

The Book of Lilith is a mythopoeic work, a fantasy, a rewriting of the book of Genesis the way it ought to have been -- with women on top! It begins with bitterly sharp black humor in the framing "preface", in which the author recounts in a stuffy and academic tone a bizarre and outrageous story about the discovery of "lost scrolls" in war-torn Iraq. In spite of its obviously fictional character, it is nevertheless well enough told to have provoked many readers to enquire of the author: "So, do you have the real scrolls?" (The answer is no, there are no real scrolls...;-)

The story itself recounts the autobiography of Lilith, the first person given a soul by God, as she embarks on a quest to pass on God's Soul to a soulless world while seeking to understand the mystery of suffering and death. Told with a light-hearted, often funny touch, The Book of Lilith is a work that will both entertain you and yet make you think hard about the nature of God, about sexual equality, about the fragility and yet endurance of love.



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