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A major contribution to Ugaritic scholarship, The Goddess Anath--Cassuto's work on Canaanite Epics of the Patriarchal Age--is a classic authored by one of the greatest Bible scholars.

C h a p t e r Home  | T O C  | I n d e x 1 THE FRENCH archaeological expedition that conducted excavations in the ruins of the ancient city of Ugarit, in northern Syria, from 1929– 1939, found there, inscribed on whole or fragmentary tablets, a number of literary relics in the Ugaritic language, belonging to the period of the Hebrew Patriarchs. The Ugaritic tongue is one of the Semitic languages closest to Hebrew, and Ugaritic literature is, in form, very much akin to the literature of the people of Israel. In this lies the great importance and value attached to these remains by those who love and esteem the Bible. In 1936, not long after the French mission had begun its excavations, H. L. Ginsberg presented Hebrew readers with all the Ugaritic texts known at the time, together with a Hebrew translation and com-mentary. His book, entitled Kitbe Ugarit [ The Ugarit Texts], remains to this day one of the most important contributions to the study of Ugaritic literature. Subsequently, a number of additional Ugaritic texts were discovered and published, and research work in the field of Ugaritic literature became greatly extended. All the texts are now to be found in C. H. Gordon’s Ugaritic Handbook ( Rome 1947), * transcribed in Latin characters. The French expedition is also pre-paring a general edition of all the texts in facsimiles and in transcription, accompanied by a French rendering.** It is desirable that the complete material should also be made available in Hebrew, and that all the texts that were not included in Ginsberg’s book should likewise be published in a Hebrew edition. For some time now I have devoted myself to the preparation of such an edition, which would reproduce the texts in Hebrew characters, in conjuction with a translation and * Since then two revised editions of this work have been published under the following titles: Ugaritic Manual ( Rome 1955); Ugaritic Textbook ( Rome 1965). ** The facsimiles and transcriptions of the Ugaritic texts have been published in two volumes by A. Herdner under the title Corpus des tablettes en cunéiformes alphabétiques découvertes à Ras Shamra- Ugarit de 1929 à 1939, Paris 1963. So far, however, no French translation has appeared. PREFACE

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Front MatterGoddess Anath, carvingTitle PageCopyright PageTranslator's ForewordAbbreviationsContentsPrefaceINTRODUCTIONTHE TEXTSPreliminary NotesI. Tablet V AB (Tablet of the Goddess Anath)Description of the TabletUgaritic original in transliteration and Hebrew and English translationsCommentaryII. Tablet VI ABDescription of the TabletUgaritic original in transliteration and Hebrew and English translationsCommentaryIII. The Parallel FragmentsDescription of the FragmentsFirst FragmentSecond FragmentINDEXESA. Biblical texts interpretedB. Ugaritic words that have been given a new interpretationC. Other Ugaritic subjects discussedD. Other Ugaritic texts interpretedList of Author's publications on Ugaritic subjectsPLATES
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