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Ugaritic - Fall 2022

Overview

Ugaritic is an ancient Central Semitic language written during ca 70 years in the city of Ugarit and its vicinities in the13 cent. BC. The Ugaritic textual tradition is of great importance for the  Biblical studies, comparative Semitics, and ancient Near Eastern studies.

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Program Dates

Nov 29, 2022 – Feb 14, 2023

Program Length

3 Months

Location

Online

Courses

Introduction into Ugaritic Language and Literature

Total Hours

30 Academic Hours

Schedule

Tuesdays 16:30-18:00 (Jerusalem Time)

Tuition

ILS 950 / Semester

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The dates of the course are:

November 29

December 6 and 13

January 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31

February 7 and 14


The language of teaching is English. The course will start with a comprehensive and intensive introduction into the grammar of Ugaritic language and the genres of Ugaritic literature. The reading of the epigraphic material in different genres will refer to the translation and philological análisis, but the elements of the immersion method will be equally applied in teaching. The preliminary requirement is the basic knowledge of another Semitic language.

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Introduction into Ugaritic Language and Literature
ILS 950 / semester

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OBJECTIVE
Ugaritic is an ancient Central Semitic language written during ca 70 years in
the city of Ugarit and its vicinities in the13 cent. BC. The Ugaritic textual
tradition is of great importance for the Biblical studies, comparative Semitics,
and ancient Near Eastern studies.
METHODOLOGY
The language of teaching is English. The course will start with a
comprehensive and intensive introduction into the grammar of Ugaritic
language and the genres of Ugaritic literature. The reading of the epigraphic
material in different genres will refer to the translation and philological
análisis, but the elements of the immersion method will be equally applied in
teaching. The preliminary requirement is the basic knowledge of
another Semitic language.
MODE OF ASSESMENT
The final exam is based on passages studied in class and independently.
PROGRAM
Topics and reading portions (both in-class and independent Reading): (1)
Introduction, literacy in Ugarit: alphabetic lists (5.6, 5.27), bi-lingual lists
(5.14), seals and bullas (6.23, 6.75), colophons (1.6 VI 54-58, 1.179:40-43); (2)
Grammar (charts); (2) Correspondence 2.38, 2.90, 2.36; (3) Legal and
administrative texts 3.9 (Marzihu), 3.5 (land transfer), 3.12 (tax exemption);
(4) Rituals and poetry 1.114 (El’s Marzihu), 1.96 (magic poetry), 1.40 (ritual),
1.100 (incantation), 1.108 (hymn), 1.85 (hippiatric prescription); (5) epic
poetry: Aqhat 1.17 I, Kirtu 1.14 IV, Baal 1.4 VI-V.
BIBLIOGRAPHY
Textbooks and grammars:
Bordreuil, Pierre, and Dennis Pardee. 2004. Manuel d’ougaritique. Paris:
Librairie orientaliste P. Geuthner,.
Bordreuil, Pierre, Dennis Pardee, and Robert Hawley. 2012. Une Bibliothèque
Au Sud de La Ville: Textes 1994-2002 an Cunéiforme Alphabétique de
La Maison d’Ourtenou. Ras Shamra-Ougarit, XVIII. Lyon: Maison de
l’Orient et de la Méditerranée - Jean Pouilloux.
Bordreuil†, Pierre, Dennis Pardee, and Carole Roche-Hawley. 2019. Ras Ibn
Hani II - Les Textes En Écriture Cunéiformes de l’âge Du Bronze Récent
(Fouilles 1977 à 2002). Bibliothèque Archéologique et Historique 214.
Beyrouth: l’Ifpo.
Pardee, Dennis. 2000. Les textes rituels. Vol. Fascicule 2. Ras Shamra -
Ougarit 12. Paris: Editions Recherche sur les civilisations.
Bordreuil, P. and D. Pardee. 2009. A Manual of Ugaritic. Winona Lake, Ind.:
Eisenbrauns.
Huehnergard, J. 2012. An Introduction to Ugaritic. Peabody, Mass.:
Hendrickson.
Sivan, D. 2001. A Grammar of the Ugaritic Language. Leiden: Brill.
Tropper, J. 2000. 20122. Ugaritische Grammatik. Münster: Ugarit-Verlag.
(reviewed by Pardee, D. 2003-2004. Review of Tropper 2000 (online
version). AfO 50.)
Text editions and translations:
Cunchillos, J.-L. 1989. Estudios de epistolografía ugarítica. Valencia:
Institucíon San Jerónimo.
Cunchillos, J.-L., J.-P. Vita, and J.-A. Zamora. 2003. Ugaritic Databank: the
Texts. Madrid: Laboratorio de hermeneumática. (= UD) Available on-line
Dietrich, M., O. Loretz, and J. Sanmartín. 19952, 20133. The Cuneiform
Alphabetic Texts from Ugarit, Ras Ibn Hani and Other Places. Münster:
Ugarit-Vorlag. (= KTU and CAT)
Garbini, G. 2014. Il Poema di Baal di Ilumilku, Brescia: Paideia.
Hallo, W. W. and K. L. Younger (eds.). 1997-2002.The Context of Scripture. 3
vols. Leiden: Brill.
Janowski, B. and G. Wilhelm (eds.) 2004-2013. Texte aus der Umwelt des
Alten Testaments. 7 vols. Gütersloh: Gütersloher. (= TUAT)
McGeough, K. M.  2011. Ugaritic Economic Tablets: Text, Translation and
Notes.  Leuven: Peeters.
Olmo Lete, G. del 1999. 20142. Canaanite Religion According to the Liturgical
Texts of Ugarit. Münster: Ugarit Verlag.
Olmo Lete, G. del. 1981. Mitos y Leyendas de Canaan segun la Tradicion de
Ugarit: Textos, versión y estudio. Madrid: Ediciones Cristiandad.
Olmo Lete, G. del. 2014. Incantations and Anti-Witchcraft Texts from Ugarit
Boston/Berlin: de Gruyter.
Pardee, D. 2002. Ritual and Cult at Ugarit. Atlanta: Society of Biblical
Literature.
Parker, S. B. (ed.) 1997. Ugaritic Narrative Poetry. Atlanta: Scholars Press.
Smith, M. S. 1994. The Ugaritic Baal Cycle, Vol. 1. Leiden: Brill.
Smith, M. S. and W. T. Pitard. 2009. The Ugaritic Baal Cycle, Vol. 2. Leiden:
Brill.
Dictionaries, concordances and other reference literature:
Cunchillos, J.-L. 1992. Manual de Estudios Ugariticos. Madrid: Consejo
Superior de Investigaciones Científicas.
Cunchillos, J.-L. and J.-P. Vita. 2003. Concordancia de Palabras Ugaríticas en
morfología desplegada. 3 vols. Madrid-Zaragoza: Consejo Superior de
Investigaciones Científicas and Institución Fernando el Católico. Available
on-line
Dietrich, M. and O. Loretz. 1996. Word-List of the Cuneiform Alphabetic
Texts from Ugarit, Ras Ibn Hani and Other Places. Münster: Ugarit-Verlag.
(see also I. Kottsieper, “Indizes und Korrekturen zur ‘Word-List of the
Cuneiform Alphabetic Texts,’” UF 29 (1997): 243-383.)
Hawley, R. 2003. Studies in Ugaritic Epistolography. Ph.D. Dissertation,
University of Chicago.
Huehnergard, J. 1987. 20082. Ugaritic Vocabulary in Syllabic Transcription.
Atlanta: Scholars Press.
Liverani, M. 2001. International Relations in the Ancient Near East, 1600-
1100 BC. , New York.
McGeough, K. M. 2007. Exchange Relationships at Ugarit. Leuven: Peeters.
Olmo Lete, G. del and J. Sanmartín. 2003. 20152. A Dictionary of the Ugaritic
Language in the Alphabetic Tradition. Leiden & Boston: Brill.
Pardee, D. 2012. The Ugaritic Texts and the Origins of West-Semitic Literary
Composition. Oxford: Published for the British Academy by Oxford
University Press.
Watson, W. G. E. and N. Wyatt (eds.). 1999. Handbook of Ugaritic Studies.
Leiden: Brill.