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The Goddess Anath

by Umberto Moshe David Cassuto;

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TitleThe Goddess Anath
AuthorUmberto Moshe David Cassuto;
PublisherVarda Books
Publication Date2005
SubjectTorah/Bible
Pages214


Description 

Largely based on texts discovered at Ras-Shamra, this book is a major contribution to Ugaritic scholarship.

The Goddess Anath--text, translation, and commentary on the Canaanite Epic of the Patriarchal Age--sheds new light on many until now unexplained linguistic usages in the Bible.

Among West Semites, Anath was considered to be chief goddess of love and war, the sister and helpmate of the god Baal. She was a goddess with four differing aspects: mother, virgin, warrior, and wanton. Though a "mother" she was ever a "virgin". Her lust for blood, and or sex, was legendary: once, she slayed all Baal's enemies at a feast.

She was worshipped throughout Canaan, Syria and Phoenicia. She was a popular goddess of war and fertility.



About the Author 

Umberto Moshe David Cassuto;, tr. Israel Abrahams ---

Prof. Cassuto, Umberto Moshe David (1885-1951), Bible scholar. Born in Florence, Italy, he studied there at the university and the Collegio Rabbinico. After graduating in humanities and receiving his rabbinic diploma, he took up teaching positions in both institutions.

(1885-1951), Bible scholar. Born in Florence, Italy, he studied there at the university and the Collegio Rabbinico. After graduating in humanities and receiving his rabbinic diploma, he took up teaching positions in both institutions. At this time his main research was on the history and literature of the Jews of Italy.

From 1914 to 1925 Cassuto was chief rabbi of Florence and then in 1925 became professor of Hebrew language and literature in the University of Florence and then took the chair of Hebrew at the University of Rome. Here he began to catalogue the Hebrew manuscripts in the Vatican but the 1938 anti-Semitic laws forced him out of his positions and he continued his academic career at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. He edited a Bible with Hebrew commentary that has remained an Israel school classic.

His interests focused on Bible exegesis in which he contested the documentary theory of Wellhausen on the origin of the Pentateuch, postulating its redaction to a school around the 10th century BCE. Cassuto also made important contributions to Ugaritic studies.


Prof. Israel Abrahams--English translator of Cassuto's workswas an outstanding Hebrew scholar in his own right.Born March 30, 1903 in Vilna, Lithuania, he came to Cape Town, South Africa in 1937 and for more than thirty years--since Augustof that year until mid-1968--held the position of Chief Rabbi of that city. Upon retirement, he made aliyah and passed away in Jerusalem in October 1973.






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