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Ugaritic Narrative Poetry
Simon B. Parker
Edited by Simon B. Parker
Translated by Mark S. Smith, Simon B. Parker, Edward L. Greenstein, Theodore J. Lewis, and David Marcus
More than five hundred years before the
before the biblical books of Genesis or Job, masters of the epic lived and wrote on the Mediterranean coast. The Ugaritic tablets left behind by these master scribes and poets were excavated in the second quarter of the twentieth century from the region of modern Syria and Lebanon and are brought to life here in contemporary English translations by five of the best known scholars in the field. Included are the major narrative poems Kirta, Aqhat, and Baal, in addition to ten shorter texts, newly translated with transcriptions from photographs using the latest techniques in the photography of epigraphic materials (sample plate included).
“It is [a] major achievement to produce a reliable transliteration of the main Ugaritic poetic texts side by side with a translation and notes, as a paperback book and within reach of anyone’s purse. All involved are to be congratulated.”
Journal of Semitic Studies
“For use in undergraduate and graduate classes in OT, ancient Near Eastern studies, and comparative myth.… It combines the finest of recent scholarship with accessibility in an inexpensive paperback.”
Catholic Biblical Quarterly
“An essential tool for scholars and students of the Ugaritic narrative corpus.”
—J. J. M. Roberts, Princeton Theological Seminary
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