By William M. Schniedewind
A Primer on Ugaritic is an creation to the language of the traditional urban of Ugarit, a urban that flourished within the moment millennium BCE at the Lebanese coast, positioned within the context of the tradition, literature, and faith of this old Semitic tradition. The Ugaritic language and literature used to be a precursor to Canaanite and serves as considered one of our most crucial assets for realizing the previous testomony and the Hebrew language. detailed emphasis is put on contextualization of the Ugartic language and comparability to historic Hebrew in addition to Akkadian.
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The pantheon is essentially the same as the Canaanite pantheon and, as a result, the Ugaritic literature has been a main source for understanding the Canaanite religion in the Bronze and Iron Ages. To be sure, the Ugaritic religion was also influenced by its close association with the Hurrian and Hittite religions. Nevertheless, careful scholars can employ the literature from Ugarit to understand the religious context of the Old Testament. 24). The list begins with the three principle deities of Ugarit: El, Dagan, and Baal.
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