A Primer on Ugaritic: Language, Culture and Literature

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Overview

A Primer on Ugaritic is an introduction to the language of the ancient city of Ugarit, a city that flourished in the second millennium BCE on the Lebanese coast, placed in the context of the culture, literature, and religion of this ancient Semitic culture. The Ugaritic language and literature was a precursor to Canaanite and serves as one of our most important resources for understanding the Old Testament and the Hebrew language. Special emphasis is placed on contextualization of the Ugartic language and comparison to ancient Hebrew as well as Akkadian.
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"In contrast to many introductory Semitic language grammars, this volume is surprisingly readable. The presentation is clear, accessible, and largely jargon-free. Because of the thoughtful arrangement and composition of this primer, students will be able to learn the language more quickly and enjoyably. . . . Schniedewind and Hunt have produced a very fine grammar that will surely be a welcome mainstay in all levels of introductory Ugaritic courses whether they are undergraduate or graduate programs." ---The Journal of Hebrew Scriptures
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521879330
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 7/31/2007
  • Pages: 242
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Professor William M. Schniedewind chairs the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures and is a Professor of Biblical Studies at UCLA. He is most recently the author of How the Bible Became a Book, published in 2005.

Joel H. Hunt is currently conducting research at the Department of the Ancient Near East at the British Museum, London. He is a former professor at Azusa Pacific University and has published articles in a variety of journals.

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Table of Contents

1. Ancient Ugarit; 2. School texts: introducing the language and alphabet; 3. Letters (KTU 2): an inductive introduction to Ugaritic; 4. Administrative texts (KTU 4); 5. Legal texts (KTU 3); 6. Literary texts (KTU 1); 7. Grammatical precis.
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