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Canaanite Myths and Legends

Excerpt from the author's introduction

This edition of Canaanite myths and legends from Ugarit (now RAs-as- Samrah) on the Syrian coast is based on lectures delivered over the last ten years and is now published in the hope of making these interesting but difficult texts accessible in convenient form to students of the Old Testament and the Semitic languages, of mythology and religion.


No one can occupy himself with these texts without acknowledging his debt to the distinguished pioneers without whom his work could not have even been begun: these are Dr. C. F. A. Schaeffer, who was in charge of the excavations which so successfully recovered the tablets containing them from the soil in which they had lain hidden for some 3500 years; Mons. C. Virolleaud, whose admirably prompt and accurate copies made them available for study, and Prof. E. Dhorme and Prof. H. Bauer, who shared with him the honor of finding the key to the decipherment of the new dialect or language in which these texts were written. That much of their early work has been left behind and that other scholar, notably Prof. H. L. Ginsberg, Dr. T. H. Gaster, and Dr. C. H. Gordon, to whom all students of these texts are also greatly indebted, have taken over the task of interpretation, does not detract from the honor of the pioneers.


Wherever possible the debt owed to all these and other workers in this field is indicated in the notes and in the glossary. Much labor of great value has already been expended on these texts, but much work still remains to be done on them, and I hope that the present edition may stimulate others to take up the study of them.
Author: Frank Moore Cross



Contents of the book


PREFACE TO FIRST EDITION v

PREFACE TO SECOND EDITION vii

CONCORDANCE OF TABLETS xi

SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY xiii

INTRODUCTION

A. THE DISCOVERY OF THE TABLETS i

B. ANALYSIS AND INTERPRETATION OF THE TEXTS 2

1. Baal and Yam 2

2. The Palace of Baal 8

3. Baal and Mot 14

4. Keret 19

5. Aqhat 23

6. Shachar and Shalim and the Gracious Gods 28

7. Nikkal and the Kotharat 30

8. The Texts in the Appendix (Brief Notes) 31

TRANSLITERATION AND TRANSLATION OF THE TEXTS

1. Baal and Yam 37

2. The Palace of Baal 46

3. Baal and Mot 68

4. Keret 82

5. Aqhat 103

6. Shachar and Shalim and the Gracious Gods 123

7. Nikkal and the Kotharat 128

8. Appendix: Fragmentary and Recently Published Texts

(Transliteration Only) 130

NOTE ON THE PHONOLOGY OF UGARITIC 140

GLOSSARY 141

BIBLICAL AND OTHER REFERENCES 161

ADDENDA 165

TABLE OF UGARITIC SIGNS 16S



Publication Date: 1977
John C. Gibson


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