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Ugaritic Narrative Poetry Paperback – 1997

ISBN-13: 978-0788503375 ISBN-10: 0788503375

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...an essential tool for scholars and students of the Ugaritic corpus. -- J. J. M. Roberts, Princeton Theological Seminary

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Text: English (translation) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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  • Series: Writings from the Ancient World (Book 9)
  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Society of Biblical Literature (1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0788503375
  • ISBN-13: 978-0788503375
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #868,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Both scholar and layperson will find the text approachable.
Tess Dawson
Come and I will reveal it / In the midst of my mountain, Divine Sapan, / In the holy mount of my heritage, / In the beautiful hill of my might.
Ian M. Slater
The Ugaritic texts include the only collection outside of the Bible of native poetry and narratives from pre-Roman Syria-Palestine.
P. Nagy

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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful By P. Nagy on June 24, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Ugaritic Narrative Poetry edited by Mark S. Smith, Edward L. Greenstein, Theodore J. Lewis, David Marcus, Simon B. Parker (Society of Biblical Literature) (Paperback) The Ugaritic narrative poems all come from the ancient city of Ugarit, which lies half a mile inland from the Syrian coast opposite the eastern tip of Cyprus. The city was discovered after a farmer's accidental exposure of an ancient tomb nearby in 1928 and has been excavated almost annually since 1929. The excavators have uncovered a large palace; an acropolis with two temples, the house of the high priest, and the house of a divination priest; and numerous other large and small buildings, both sacred and secular. These all date from the fourteenth and thirteenth centuries B.C.E. The levels from this period lie closest to the surface, have been most extensively excavated, and have yielded several archives and libraries. The uninscribed and inscribed remains together disclose many aspects of the city's culture during the Late Bronze Age.
Ugarit was well situated for trade. Trade routes extended by land east-ward to the other major cities of Syria, to Mitanni, and to Assyria; by sea westward to Cyprus and the Aegean; by land and by sea northward and westward to Asia Minor and the territory of the Hittites; and southward to Palestine and Egypt. Through economic and cultural contacts with these various regions, Ugarit became a rich and cosmopolitan city in the Late Bronze Age.
Excavators have found in the city the scripts and languages of several of the cultures with which it had relations. Two languages and scripts predominate, however. Akkadian, the language of the Assyrians and Babylonians, was the international language of the period and was used especially for communications between states, including Egypt.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tess Dawson on January 31, 2011
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An excellent place to begin, Parker's Ugaritic Narrative Poetry is a basic necessity for anyone wishing to study ancient Canaanite religion either for its own sake or to better understand later religions that Canaanite culture influenced. Both scholar and layperson will find the text approachable. Although I would disagree with translations in places, on the whole this book is a standard in the field and encompasses more up-to-date scholarship than many other texts available on the subject.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ian M. Slater on January 16, 2013
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For a message I have, and I will tell you, / A word, and I will recount to you,

The word of tree and the whisper of stone, / The converse of Heaven with Earth, / Of Deeps with Stars.

I understand the lightning which the Heavens do not know, / The word people do not know, / And earth's masses do not understand.

Come and I will reveal it / In the midst of my mountain, Divine Sapan, / In the holy mount of my heritage, / In the beautiful hill of my might. (See "The Baal Cycle," pages 110, 113)

The venerable (founded 1880) Society of Biblical Literature has been publishing its "Writings from the Ancient World" series of translations since 1990. It is intended to cover the literatures of Northeast Africa (i.e., Egypt) and Southwest Asia between the earliest writing, c. 3000 B.C.E., and the conquest of pretty much the whole region by Alexander the Great, in 330 B.C.E. And it is not limited to material with some Biblical connection. Right now the series runs to almost thirty volumes, not all of them currently in print. The whole series, when completed, will dwarf the old stand-by for convenient translations, "Ancient Near Eastern Texts Relating to the Old Testament" -- which hasn't been revised since the late 1960s.

(In case anyone was wondering, the SBL also has a companion series of "Writings from the Greco-Roman World".)

One of my favorites in the Ancient World series is 1997's "Ugaritic Narrative Poetry," edited by Simon B. Parker, with translations by Parker himself, and Edward L. Greenstein, Theodore J. Lewis, David Marcus, and Mark S. Smith.
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