In 1929, archeologists in Syria discovered beneath the soil of a small hill the remains and libraries of the ancient city of Ugarit, which had been destroyed by foreign invaders shortly after 1200 B.C. Written in a non-technical fashion, Ugarit and the Old Testament tells the story of that discovery and describes the life and civilization of Ugarit. Peter Craigie recounts and assesses the extraordinary impact the discovery has had on the last 50 years of Old Testament studies.
An excellent introduction to Ugarit and its culture for the general reader. Craigie gives a fascinating account of the work undertaken at the site, including the deciphering of the language, and discusses the literature of Ugarit with reference to the Old Testament. A guide for further study completes this excellent survey, which I can recommend most highly.
—Roland Kenneth Harrison
A valuable work…carefully done, well balanced, and clearly written. Professor Craigie, rejecting the attitude that uses archaeology as a prop to support crumbling faith, correctly views such materials as background for better understanding of the Old Testament.
—William Sanford LaSor, Fuller Theological Seminary
Peter Craigie d. 1985) was Vice-president Academic at the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, where he had also been a professor of Religious Studies and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities. He is the author of The Problem of War in the Old Testament and The Book of Deuteronomy in the New International Commentary on the Old Testament.