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The Kirta Epic (1.102)

(9,401 words)

Author(s): Pardee, Dennis
Subject: Canonical Compositions from the Biblical World; West Semitic Canonical Compositions; Royal Focus; Epic Commentary The Kirta story was recorded on three tablets that were discovered during the second and third campaigns at Ras Shamra (1930–1931). Lacunae prevent a complete understanding of the story, which must have been longer, recorded on tablets never discovered. On the other hand, the high degree of poetic narrative repetition permit the comparatively certain restoration of some important lacunae. …

Silver Bowl (Brooklyn Museum 54.50.34) (2.51D)

(469 words)

Contributor(s): Hallo, William W.
Subject: Monumental Inscriptions from the Biblical World; West Semitic Monumental Inscriptions; Votive Inscriptions; Aramaic Inscriptions Silver Bowl (Brooklyn Museum 54.50.34) (2.51D) Subject: Gen 4:1; 5:9; Neh 2:19; 6:1–2, 6; Gen 25:13; 1 Chr 1:29; Isa 21:16–17; 42:11; 60:7; Jer 2:10; 49:28; Ps 120:5; Cant 1:5; Ezra 7:17 That which Kainu1  c son of Geshem2  d king3 of Kedar4  e offered f …

The Baʿlu Myth (1.86)

(39,028 words)

Author(s): Pardee, Dennis
Subject: Canonical Compositions from the Biblical World; West Semitic Canonical Compositions; Divine Focus; Ugaritic Myths Commentary The Baʿlu myth constitutes, by its length and relative completeness, the most important literary work preserved from those produced by the West Semitic peoples in the second millennium bce. Before the discovery of this and related lesser works in the third and fourth decades of this century, virtually all our knowledge of West Semitic religious beliefs came from later descriptions emanating from cul…