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You asked, we listened: More Dark Queen! And sources, too.

Photo by  Jassim madan. Courtesy of Flickr Free Use Photos.

Photo by  Jassim madan. Courtesy of Flickr Free Use Photos.

Hello, herstorians!

Thanks, in part, to readers like you, our most recent blog post went viral! "The Dark Queen you won't meet in Sunday School," in syndication on iPinion, has had over 20,000 views and 9.5k Facebook likes since going live last Thursday, and has given rise to a lot of interesting discussions.

There were two very important pieces of feedback that I received from this massive audience:

1) Without sources, this is just opinion; and

2) We want to know more about Lilith!



Most blog posts do not include sources. At best, they link to other articles when relying on them. Blogging is not an academic endeavor in the same way that a scholarly text or article is. So, naturally, I have not been including sources in my blog posts.

BUT   and this is a big but — of course I relied on sources for this piece! I am an academic. A professor. Even as a historical fiction writer, everything I write begins with research.

The lesson I've learned here is that Reviving Herstory is not your average blog. Reviving Herstory is, first and foremost, a women's history project. And if I am going to pass on my years of scholarship, I ought to give you all of it. That means sources, too. To me, as a scholar and a proud, self-proclaimed nerd, this is fantastic news!

From now on Reviving Herstory will not only rely on credible sources, we will include those sources in our blog posts. While I don't agree with the sentiment that "without sources this is just opinion," I do want to give you the tools you need to follow up on anything interesting that you learn here.

So be on the lookout for sources in future RH Blog posts. And scroll down to the bottom of this blog entry for the sources I relied on while researching last week's Lilith article.



You want more Lilith? You've got it! In future posts the RH Blog will delve deeper into Lilith's story. So if your interest was piqued by last week's overview of "The Dark Queen you won't meet in Sunday School," stay tuned. There is more Lilith to come!

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Here is my Bibliography for "The Dark Queen you won't meet in Sunday School":

Dan, Joseph. “Samael, Lilith, and the Concept of Evil in Early Kabbalah.” AJS Review. 5 (1980): 17-40. Print. 1980.

Geduld, Harry M. “The Lineage of Lilith.” The Shaw Review. 7.2 (1964): 58-61. Print. 1964.

Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von. Faust. Trans. Martin Greenberg. New Have and London: Yale University Press, 1992. Print.

Hoffeld, Jeffrey M. “Adam’s Two Wives.” The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin. New Series 26.10. Print. June 1968.

mechon-mamre.org. The Complete Hebrew Bible. Parallel Hebrew and English edition. Isaiah Chapter 34. Web. 27 Dec. 2012   

Myers, Jody Elizabeth. “The Myth of Matriarchy in Recent Writings on Jewish Women’s Spirituality.” Jewish Social Studies. New Series 4.1 (1997): 1-27. Print. 1997.

Patai, Raphael. “Lilith.” The Journal of American Folkflore. 77.306 (1964): 295-314. Print. 1964.

Russell, M. M. S. and Briggs, Katharine M. “The Legends of Lilith and of the Wandering Jew in Nineteenth-Century Literature.” Folklore 92.2 (1981): 131-140. Print. 1981.

Tishby, Isaiah. "Demons and Spirits." The Wisdom off the Zohar. Ed. Fischel Lachower and Isaiah Tishby. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1989. Print.

Wolfson, Elliot R. “Light Through Darkness: The Ideal of Human Perfection in the Zohar.” The Harvard Theological Review. 81.1 (1988): 73-95. Print. 1988.



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