The Ugaritic Baal Cycle offers a translation and the first commentary on the Ugaritic Baal Cycle. The longest and most important religious text from ancient Ugarit, the Baal Cycle witnesses to both the religious worldview of Ugarit and the larger background to many of the formative religious concepts and images in the Bible. The volume treats introductory matters such as date, order and continuity of the tablets, the history of interpretation, and finally, a new proposal for the interpretation of the text that draws on the insights of previous views as well as newer evidence. The commentary proper provides bibliography, text, textual notes, literary structure, and detailed commentary for each column in the first two tablets.
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- First ever translation and commentary of the Ugaritic Baal Cycle
- Translated and authored by a leading Ugaritic scholar
Praise for the Print Edition
. . . this volume and its successors will surely and deservedly enjoy in Ugaritic studies the same long and respectful usage by generations of scholars that the pioneering critical commentaries of biblical texts enjoyed.
—Dennis Pardee, Journal of Near Eastern Studies, 1998
The author's views are always temperate and balanced, and his handling of alternative positions irenic and entirely fair.
—N. Wyatt, Society for Old Testament Study, 1998
- Title: The Ugaritic Baal Cycle: Volume I
- Author and Translator: Mark S. Smith
- Series: Vetus Testamentum Supplement Series 55
- Publisher: Brill
- Publication Date: 1994
- Pages: 446
About Mark S. Smith
Mark S. Smith, PhD Yale, 1985, is Skirball Professor of Bible and Ancient Near Eastern Studies at New York University. He is the author of ten books on the religion of ancient Israel and Ugarit, most recently God in Translation: Deities in Cross-Cultural Discourse in the Biblical World, as well as many articles on the literature, religion and grammar in Ugaritic, the Hebrew Bible, and the Dead Sea Scrolls.