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The Ugaritic Baal Cycle: Volume 2: Introductioni with Text, Translation and Commentary of KTU/CAT 1.3-1.4
Pitard, Wayne T. and Mark S. Smith

Leiden: Brill, 2009 pp. xl + 859. $319.00

Series Information
Supplements to Vetus Testamentum, 114


Description: This second volume of the commentary on the "Baal Cycle", the most important Canaanite religious text from Ugarit, in Syria, analyzes KTU/CAT 1.3 and 1.4, the tablets that contain the long episode about how Baal secured permission from El to build his royal palace and how the palace was built. It includes a new edition of the tablets, supplemented by a DVD-ROM with 92 images and superimposable drawings, a comprehensive introduction, new translation and vocalized text, and detailed commentary. The authors develop an interpretation of the episode which places it into the larger context of the "Baal Cycle" as a whole.

Subjects: Ancient Near East, Canaanite Literature, Literature

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Review by Frank H. Polak
Published 8/7/2010
Citation: Frank H. Polak, review of Mark S. Smith and Wayne T. Pitard, The Ugaritic Baal Cycle: Volume 2: Introductioni with Text, Translation and Commentary of KTU/CAT 1.3-1.4, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2010).


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