Biblical and Oriental Studies (2 volumes)...

Two-volume set of U. Cassuto's Biblical and Ancient Oriental Texts essays.

C  h a p t e r Home  | T O C |  I n d e x V The collection and reprinting of the Biblical and para- Biblical essays, written by the late Prof. Umberto Cassuto ז״ל over a number of decades, was long left to be a desideratum not only as a tribute to the memory of a great Jewish savant but as a valuable contribu-tion to scholarship. Cassuto wrote in many languages and published his articles in a variety of learned periodicals. Many, if not most of these kleine Schriften are very difficult to obtain today and a number of scholars have complained of their inaccessibility. Although the majority of the essays presented here in English translation were written a long time ago, the passing years have dealt kindly with them— their value has not been dissipated. It is a truism, of course, that scholarship does not stand still, and in the present generation the advances made in the scientific study of the Bible has been phenomenal. Nevertheless, it is no exaggeration to state that Cassuto’s writings have not lost their interest for scholars, nor are they devoid of significance for current research. Not all the author’s views were universally accepted in the past, and doubtless disagreement will continue in the present. But this fact does not detract from their intrinsic merit. Cassuto researched in depth; his conclusions were the result of profound inquiry by a brilliant analyt-ical mind stored with vast erudition. To reject his opinions involves a challenge that only scholars of equal calibre can meet. No less important than his views are Cassuto’s methods of inves-tigation; his use of extra- Biblical sources and parallels, and especially his references to Ugaritic literature, have shed new light on the Hebrew Scriptures and opened fresh vistas for Biblical interpretation. One is tempted to add that another invaluable component of his work is his courage to break with the conventional approach of con-temporary exegesis. Occasionally his intrepid scholarship attracted, from the less perceptive, the reproach of ‘ fundamentalism’. What these critics meant, though they did not realize it, was ‘ iconoclasm’. Cassuto was an idol- breaker; he shattered some of the venerated TRANSLATOR’S FOREWORD

Biblical and Oriental Studies (2 volumes)


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Vol. IFront MatterTitle PageCopyright PageTRANSLATOR'S FOREWORDABBREVIATIONSCONTENTSTHE SEQUENCE AND ARRANGEMENT OF THE BIBLICAL SECTIONS*THE BEGINNING OF HISTORIOGRAPHY AMONG THE ISRAELITES*THE EPISODE OF THE SONS OF GOD AND THE DAUGHTERS OF MANTHE STORY OF TAMAR AND JUDAHTHE SONG OF MOSESDEUTERONOMY CHAPTER XXXIII AND THE NEW YEAR IN ANCIENT ISRAELJERUSALEM IN THE PENTATEUCHTHE PROPHET HOSEA AND THE BOOKS OF THE PENTATEUCHTHE SECOND CHAPTER OF THE BOOK OF HOSEAON THE FORMAL AND STYLISTIC RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN DEUTERO-ISAIAH AND OTHER BIBLICAL WRITERSTHE PROPHECIES OF JEREMIAH CONCERNING THE GENTILESTHE ARRANGEMENT OF THE BOOK OF EZEKIELPSALM LXVIIITHE JEWISH TRANSLATION OF THE BIBLE INTO LATIN AND ITS IMPORTANCE FOR THE STUDY OF THE GREEK AND ARAMAIC VERSIONSAppendix. THE BOOK OF JONAHPUBLICATIONS IN WHICH FIRST APPEARED THE WRITINGS COLLECTED IN THIS VOLUMEVol. IIFront MatterTitle PageCopyright PageFOREWORDABBREVIATIONSSYMBOLS FOR THE UGARITIC TEXTS COMPARATIVE TABLECONTENTSPART ONE. THE BIBLE AND ANCIENT ORIENTAL TEXTSBIBLICAL AND CANAANITE LITERATUREPARALLEL WORDS IN HEBREW AND UGARITICTHE ISRAELITE EPICPART TWO. UGARITIC TEXTSTHE PALACE OF BAAL IN TABLET II AB OF RAS SHAMRAMOT'S MESSAGE TO BAAL IN TABLET I* AB OF RAS SHAMRATHE DEATH OF BAAL (TABLET I* AB OF THE RAS SHAMRA TEXTS)BAAL AND MOT IN THE UGARITIC TEXTSASHERAH'S JOURNEY IN THE UGARITIC TEXTSZEUS DEMARUS IN THE UGARITIC TEXTSDANIEL AND THE EARS OF CORN AN EPISODE FROM TABLET ID OF RAS SHAMRADANIEL AND HIS SON IN TABLET II D OF RAS SHAMRATHE SEVEN WIVES OF KING KERETPART THREE. OTHER ANCIENT TEXTSTHE GEZER CALENDAR AND ITS HISTORICAL-RELIGIOUS VALUETHE LACHISH OSTRACATHE GOD OF THE JEWS OF ELEPHANTINEPUBLICATIONS IN WHICH FIRST APPEARED THE WRITINGS COLLECTED IN THIS VOLUMEINDEX TO VOLUMES I AND II* A. TEXTS
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