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By William M. Schniedewind

ISBN-10: 0521879337

ISBN-13: 9780521879330

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, positioned within the context of the tradition, literature, and faith of this historical Semitic tradition. The Ugaritic language and literature was once a precursor to Canaanite and serves as one in every of our most crucial assets for figuring out the previous testomony and the Hebrew language. precise emphasis is put on contextualization of the Ugartic language and comparability to historical Hebrew in addition to Akkadian.

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Mot. 10:8. 10:9. 10:10. 10:11. 10:12. 10:13. 10:14. 10:15. 10:16. 10:17. 10:18. w. 10:19. omy 5 Students will note the regular appearance of the word divider (or Trennungskeil) marked by the vertical sign .. ). 6 The dark lines in this and other texts indicate lines drawn by the ancient scribe on the tablet. }iwrdr /tahmu }iwridarri/ Message of }Iwridarri. In this Type II Heading the first word, on the basis of parallel features of Akkadian letters, th m, is a noun and part of the Heading. Unlike Hebrew, Ugaritic used case ending vowels to indicate a noun’s function in a sentence.

Two variations of the ordering of the Heading occur in these letters. We designate them Type I and Type II. Of particular import is the recognition that when the addressee occurs first in the Heading (Type I) we may assume that this party receiving the letter is superior to the one sending it. Often, to confirm this observation, one notes that this form of letter includes a formula of obeisance. Type I Addressee (Prepositional phrase) rugum (Basic imperative) tahmu (Heading Noun “word”) 4 Sender (Descriptive phrase) Type II tahmu (Heading Noun “word”) Sender (Descriptive phrase) Addressee (Prepositional phrase) rugum (Basic imperative) 4 This particle regularly introduced the sender of an Akkadian correspondence from the OB Period on.

Ps 93:3) The gods eat and drink, They drink wine until sated, Vintage until inebriated. 1) In these examples, a threefold parallelism is employed. This type of parallelism is also found in the Amarna letters as, for example, in the letter of Abdi-milku: Behold, the ruler of Beirut served in one ship, and the ruler of Sidon served in two ships, I will serve with all your ships. (EA 155:67–69) Also apparent in this last example is a parallelistic use of numbers that is quite common in Ugaritic and Classical Hebrew but which also occurs more generally in Akkadian and Sumerian.

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