Basics of Ancient Ugaritic is a teaching grammar of this ancient language, one spoken at the time of Abraham occurring in ancient texts in cuneiform writing. Beginning with the alphabet, each new lesson builds on the ones before it. Unlike synthetic Ugaritic grammars—which have been known to be overwhelming for students—Basics of Ancient Ugaritic draws from cuneiform texts and lets students explore the language practically.
Basics of Ancient Ugaritic can be used for learning the language by individuals on their own or in a classroom setting. Each chapter concludes with a set of exercises allowing students to know whether they are grasping the fundamentals of the language. Basics of Ancient Ugaritic represents an ideal first text for entering the larger world of Semitic languages.
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In Logos, this popular resource opens up the door to further engagement with the language. Connect to other studies on the Ugaritic language to dig deeper in your Ugaritic studies.
Michael James Williams (PhD, University of Pennsylvania) is professor of Old Testament at Calvin Theological Seminary and a member of the NIV Committee on Bible Translation. He is the author of Deception in Genesis, The Prophet and His Message, and How to Read the Bible through the Jesus Lens, and editor and contributor of Mishneh Todah. His passion is to equip students with knowledge of the Old Testament and its languages so that they may grow in their comprehension and appreciation of redemptive history and be adequately prepared to promote and defend the faith through word and action.