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Title: The Rituals and Myths of the Feast of the Goodly Gods of KTU/CAT 1.23: Royal Constructions of Opposition, Intersection, Integration, and D
Author: Smith, Mark S
Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2006
Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004146747
Volumes: 1; Pages: xviii, 202
List Price in Cloth: $132.00 Our price: $112.99
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In a fresh, in-depth study of the Ugaritic text often called "The Birth of the Beautiful Gods," Smith applies the tools of detailed philological analysis and recent theoretical advances in the study of myth and ritual to illuminate this text as a sophisticated, integrated whole. In a series of rituals and myths, "The Feast of the Goodly Gods" captures a ritual moment of cosmic integration between the beneficial deities and the destructive cosmic enemies, in particular the gods after whom the text is named. This important volume not only brings the world of this fascinating Ugaritic text to life, setting it clearly within its royal context, but also provides a model for the integration of philological analysis and contemporary theories especially ritual studies in the interpretation of ancient texts, including the Bible.