Stories from Ancient Canaan, Second Edition
Michael D. Coogan
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The texts from ancient Ugarit are among the most important modern discoveries for understanding the Bible. For more than thirty years, Stories from Ancient Canaan has been recognized as a highly authoritative and readable presentation of the principal Canaanite myths and epics discovered at Ugarit. This fully revised edition takes into account advances in the reading, understanding, and interpretation of these stories since 1978. It also includes two additional texts, expanded introductions, and illustrations. Coogan and Smith have collaborated to bring this classic up to date in order to provide accessible and accurate translations of these texts for a new generation of students.
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too will surely die. And I have something else to tell you: 40Bows are for warriors— do women ever hunt?” Anat laughed aloud, but in her heart she plotted: “Listen to me, Aqhat the Hero, listen to me while I speak: If I meet you on the path of rebellion, . . . on the proud path, I’ll make you fall under my feet, 45you pretty-boy, he-man.” She stamped her feet and left the earth; then she headed for El, at the source of the two rivers, in
the squares. (Jer. 9:21) This passage implies a popular superstition that Death entered a house through a window, and it may explain Baal’s initial reluctance to include a window in his new house. Though recognized as king, Baal was unsure of his absolute power and preferred not to give Death an opportunity to enter. As we will see, this caution was justified. After his theophany Baal became bolder and rasher and sent his messengers to inform Death of the construction of his palace and
ten damaged lines before the text becomes clear. Like tablet 6, the top of this tablet would have begun with the scribal title for the series of tablets about Baal: “Belonging to Baal.” These lines may include a message from Baal presented to Sea, including a curse spoken in the very same form as the curse at the end of Kirta. When the text becomes clearer, Sea sends instructions to his messengers. Sea sent two messengers . . . The second halves of lines 11 and 12 are damaged.
are missing. When the narrative resumes, it is evident that Asherah has agreed to the request of Baal and Anat to intercede with El on Baal’s behalf. And Lady Asherah of the Sea replied: “Listen, Holy and Most Blessed One, Lady Asherah of the Sea’s Fisherman: 5Saddle an ass, harness a donkey, attach silver reins, a golden bridle, fasten reins to my she-ass.” The Holy and Most Blessed One obeyed; he saddled the ass, harnessed the donkey, 10he attached silver