Studies in Hebrew and Ugaritic Psalms
by Avishur Yitzhak
/ Varda Books
The volume offers a fresh analysis of a central
problem of comparative Ugaritic Biblical scholarship: the relationship between
biblical psalms and Canaanite literature.
A critical survey summarizes the various stages
of comparative scholarship over more than fifty years. There follow the two
principal parts of the book: the first concerns Hebrew psalms with affinities to
Ugaritic literature, and the second Ugaritic psalms and prayers with affinities
to Hebrew literature.
A detailed analysis of the form, structure,
themes and motifs of biblical texts, and a scrutiny of their verses, cola,
phrases and vocabulary against the background of ancient Near East literature
lead to the thesis that there is no justification for assuming that Canaanite
psalms are found in the Bible, or that biblical literature and Ugaritic
literature should be considered a single entity. It is alleged that affinities
may be elucidated based on common thematic, linguistic and stylistic elements.
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