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A Manual of Ugaritic
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A Manual of Ugaritic

by Pierre Bordreuil and Dennis Pardee

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Pierre Bordreuil and Dennis Pardee are two of the best-known scholars doing research on the language and texts of the ancient city of Ugarit (modern Tell Ras Shamra). This grammar was first published in French in 2004 in two volumes; and Eisenbrauns is pleased to make it available now in a corrected and updated version, in one volume, with significant enhancements. In addition to including all of the information present in the French edition, this English edition includes a CD with a complete, hyperlinked PDF version of the grammar.

The book includes a historical introduction to the texts and language, the book includes a sketch of the grammar of Ugaritic, a bibliography, facsimiles (hand-copies) of a number of texts, and a glossary and text concordance--in short, everything that a student needs for entrée into the language. On the CD, in addition to the PDF, color photos of all of the texts included in the book are provided. The hyperlinks to the PDF enable the reader to move easily from the discussion in the grammar to a copy of a text to the color photo of the text and back again, making the material much more accessible and usable for students and researchers.

Pierre Bordreuil inaugurated a chair in Ugaritic at the Écoles des langues et civilisations orientales at the Institut catholique de Paris. Dennis Pardee teaches in the Dept. of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago.

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Publisher: Eisenbrauns
Publication date: 2009
Bibliographic info: xii + 355 pages + CD with PDF and photos
Language(s): English


Cover: Cloth
Trim Size: 6 x 9 inches



" Anyone who teaches or studies Ugaritic will want to take a serious look at adding this book to his or her collection of resources. I had high hopes for this book and I was not disappointed...

"I applaud Eisenbrauns for making the Ugaritic manual so useful by being generous in including the photographs, plates, and entire book in electronic hypertexted format...

"Bottom line: Do you study Ugaritic? Buy the book!"—Karyn Traphagen on Boulders 2 Bits

"...I am able to recommend enthusiastically the use of this Manual in graduate classrooms and its presence on the shelf of anyone heavily involved in reflection on the alphabetic texts from Ugarit. This is a well-produced volume from beginning to end. The diligent labor of two senior scholars over nearly three decades has produced an extremely useful grammar and chrestomathy of Ugaritic, now available in English at a competitive price. Although the book is less suited for sustained grammatical consultation at the forefront of philological studies (for which one should consult the grammars by Tropper and Sivan7), those teaching a class on the Ugaritic language would be well advised to consider this book as a serious contender against the many other English-language teaching grammars/chrestomathies on the market.8 The concise grammatical overview, elegant autographs and photographs, and detailed grammatical and textual analysis position this book at the top of the pile."—Jeremy Hutton, Princeton Theological Seminary in Review of Biblical Literature, September 2010

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