_History of the Jewish People_, Ben-Sasson, ISBN:0-674-39731-2, p. 11-12: [text in bracket

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_History of the Jewish People_, Ben-Sasson, ISBN:0-674-39731-2, p. 11-12: [text in brackets my addition, H numbers are Strong's] The extensive literary documents written at Ugarit, in a dialect closely akin to Canaanite and using a special alphabet in cuneiform script, have for the first time thrown light upon the religion, mythology, epic narrative and poetry that were the shared heritage of Syria-Palestine. Hitherto this sphere of literature has been no more than vaguely suggested by comparatively late documentation, such as the Bible and even Greek or Roman sources. From the Ugaritic evidence one now learns that the Canaanite pantheon was headed by El [H410, found 242 times in 232 verses] and his principal consort, Asherah [H842, found 40 times in 40 verses]. Other central deities were their offspring: Baal [H1168, found 81 times in 69 verses], the god of storm and fertility; his brother and rival, Moth, the deity of death and the nether world (Jeremiah 9:21; and Habakkuk 2:5) [also Jb18:13,28:22,Ps49:14,Hs13:14; keyword Hebrew maveth:H4194:death is derived from Hebrew muwth:H4191:to die]; and the goddess Anath [H6067, Jg3:31,5:6], their sister, excelling in beauty and prowess. Closely allied to these was the hitherto unknown Kothar, the patron deity of all crafts and the equivalent of the Greek Hephaestus. This rich store of Ugaritic literary creativity, at whose core stands the fertility myth of Baal, Moth and Anath, has been of inestimable importance in elucidating the origin and nature of biblical poetry and of early Hebrew epic style.


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