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The Ugaritic Texts and the Origins of West-Semitic Literary Composition
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The Ugaritic Texts and the Origins of West-Semitic Literary Composition

Dennis Pardee

Abstract

The discovery and decryption of Ugaritic cuneiform tablets in the 1920s has given scholars an insight into the development of alphabetic writing and the origins of biblical poetry. This book, based on the author's Schweich Lectures given in 2007, describes the origins of the cuneiform alphabetic writing system developed in Ugarit some time before 1250 bc, and the use of alphabetic writing at Ugarit, and gives a comparison of Ugaritic and Hebrew literatures.

Keywords: cuneiform tablets, alphabetic writing, biblical poetry, Schweich Lectures, cuneiform, Ugarit, Hebrew literatures

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780197264928
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264928.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dennis Pardee, author
Henry Crown Professor of Hebrew Studies, University of Chicago

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