A Primer on Ugaritic: Language, Culture and Literature by William M. Schniedewind

By William M. Schniedewind

A Primer on Ugaritic is an advent to the language of the traditional urban of Ugarit, a urban that flourished within the moment millennium BCE at the Lebanese coast, put within the context of the tradition, literature, and faith of this old Semitic tradition. The Ugaritic language and literature was once a precursor to Canaanite and serves as one among our most crucial assets for figuring out the previous testomony and the Hebrew language. targeted emphasis is put on contextualization of the Ugartic language and comparability to historic Hebrew in addition to Akkadian.

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24–25). 1): a }a b b g g m m d n n z gí t t e }i h˙ d H d h w z w z h S s p p q r i q r t o { s † t y y k k sû l l u c }u sì You may notice a couple of things. 710); see Die Keilalphabete and their summary in “The Ugaritic Script,” 82–85. The 36 Ugaritic Primer order of the Hebrew alphabet with some additions. Furthermore, by illustrating the Ugaritic alphabet in this abecedary, we see the alphabet in its ancient order. This makes it easy to recognize that the final three letters (}i, }u, sì) were later additions to a system of writing.

The literary texts have attracted the most attention, especially for their parallels to the poetic literature of the Hebrew Bible. The student should recognize, however, that these parallels really testify more generally to Semitic literary tradition and Near Eastern scribal conventions. These literary traditions and scribal conventions, which continued into the Iron Age and biblical literature, may be richly illustrated in Ugaritic literature. These rhetorical forms often also have parallels in Akkadian, suggesting their generic Semitic origin rather than specifically Canaanite.

Pardee and P. 2215) suggests that there was no reduced southern or Canaanite alphabet. On the names of the West Semitic alphabet also see F. M. Cross and J. Huehnergard, “The Alphabet on a Late Babylonian Cuneiform School Tablet,” Orientalia 72 (2003), 223–28. 2. 14; photo by John Ellison; used with courtesy of Yves Calvet) front 1 a 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 b g h˙ d h w z h t ... back a be ga h˙ a di ué wa zi ku tˆí ... 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 ... 6 Ugaritic Alphabet Chart Modern dictionaries (and the glossary of this book) follow the order of the Hebrew alphabet plus additions: }a }i }u b g d d h w z h h˙ t z y k l m n s sì { gí p s q r sû t t.

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