Text by Erich Neumann c2015 by the Neumann Estate.. Edited and with an introduction by Erel Shalit.. Translated by Mark Kyburz.. Text is translation from German of previously unpublished typescripts and manuscripts.
Acknowledgments. The Biblical story of Jacob and Esau. Introduction. 1 The symbolism of Jacob and Esau. 2 On the collective symbolism of the brother motif. 3 Layers of the unconscious: the interpretation of mythology. Addendum. Editor's note. Translator's notes
'In this newly discovered manuscript, Neumann sowed the seeds of his later works. It provides a window into his original thinking and creative writing regarding the biblical subject of Jacob and Esau and the application of the brother motif to analytical psychology. Neumann elaborates on the central role of the principle of opposites in the human soul, contrasting Jacob's introversion with Esau's extroversion, the sacred and the profane, the inner an the outer aspects of the God-image, the shadow and its projection, and how the old ethic--expressed, for example, in the expulsion of the scapegoat--perpetuates evil.'