Studies in Hebrew and Ugaritic Psalms...

The volume offers a fresh analysis of a central problem of comparative Ugaritic Biblical scholarship: the relationship between biblical psalms and Canaanite literature.

Preface Nevertheless, the biblical and Ugaritic texts differ significantly from one another with regard to both form and content. The compositional techniques employed by the Hebrew psalms are much more sophisticated than those found in the Ugaritic psalms and prayers. The same holds true of the contents of these texts: the Hebrew psalms and prayers are much more well- developed and conceptually refined than their Ugaritic counterparts. The refinement of the Hebrew psalms is manifest in the absence of concrete cultic concepts, which were replaced by abstract, spiritual notions, reflecting the difference between the Canaanite and Israelite religions. Our conclusions about this issue, which are scattered throughout the book, are that the affinities between biblical and Ugaritic literature may be elucidated in light of the assumption that the two literatures exhibit common formal, thematic, linguistic and stylistic elements. In fact, these literatures should be considered different branches of Canaanite literature, with Ugaritic literature the earliest known example of Canaanite literature. A critical survey of scholarship on the relationship between Hebrew psalms and Canaanite literature in general ( and Ugaritic literature in particular) opens the book, summarizing the various stages of comparative scholarship over more than fifty years. The two principal parts of the book follow: the first part deals with Hebrew psalms with affinities to Ugaritic literature, and the second with Ugaritic psalms and prayers with affinities to Hebrew literature, whether biblical or post- biblical. * * * This volume is dedicated to the blessed memory of my late teacher, Prof. Samuel E. Loewenstamm, who was a constant source of encouragement; he also discussed various issues raised in this study with me and read the entire book in manuscript and commented on it. He suggested that this work be included in the Publications of the Perry Foundation for Biblical Research of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. I had originally intended to dedicate this volume in Prof. 8

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Front Matter Front Cover Front Flap Half Title Page Title Page Copyright Page Dedication Page PrefaceTable Of Contents Introduction: The Relationship Between Biblical Psalms and Canaanite Literature 1. A Critical Survey of Previous Scholarship 2. Canaanite Psalms in the BiblePsalm 16Psalm 19Psalm 82Psalm 93Psalm 1103. The Biblical Psalms and Canaanite Literature: A New Approach 4. Ugaritic Psalms and Prayers and Biblical Psalms: Common Elements and Distinctive Features Contents Part One: Hebrew Psalms With Affinities to Ugaritic Literature Part Two: Ugaritic Psalms and Prayers Back Matter List of AbbreviationsBibliographyIndex of SourcesBibleGenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesI SamuelII SamuelI KingsII KingsIsaiahJeremiahEzekielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZechariahPsalmsProverbsCanticumLamentationsEcclesiastesDanielEzraNehemiahI ChroniclesII ChroniclesUgariticPhoenicianAkkadianAramaicGeneral IndexIndex of Words and ExpressionsHebrewUgariticPhoenicianAkkadianAramaicArabicIndex of AuthorsBack Flap Back Cover
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