By John C. Gibson
The pills of poetic mythological texts unearthed in the course of the excavation of Urgarit are the following edited and translated to shed new gentle at the faith and literature of the traditional global. 'The tablets...a.re of serious significance for the research of literature and faith in a space of the traditional global which mainly in the course of the road of the Hebrew bible excercised a deep impact at the upward push of ecu civilization. they're permitting scholarship for the 1st time to reach at a good appraisal of the highler degrees of Canaanite tradition, that's so remorselessly attacked within the Bible yet that can now be noticeable to have contributed extra to its composition (and hence not directly to the idea and poetic imagery of the West) than was once formerly supposed'. J.C.L. Gibson used to be Reader in Hebrew and Semitic Languages, New university, Oxford.
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CANAANITE MYTHS AND LEGENDS 22 Meanwhile he himself is to perform a mysterious ritual at the gate of the palace which will, if successful, win divine assistance for Keret. LI. 46-62. This son, here called the hero Elhu, goes out to the gate. But as he arrives he is surprised by his sister, who has come to the well to draw water and who when she sees what he is doing, gives way to tears, suspecting that the king her father is ill; but Elhu apparently (for the text is damaged) answers that Keret is not sick but is summoning them both to a banquet.
This son, here called the hero Elhu, goes out to the gate. But as he arrives he is surprised by his sister, who has come to the well to draw water and who when she sees what he is doing, gives way to tears, suspecting that the king her father is ill; but Elhu apparently (for the text is damaged) answers that Keret is not sick but is summoning them both to a banquet. Col. ii [Damaged section] LI. 79-720. Thitmanat, from her brother's behaviour more than ever suspicious, asks him openly how long their father has been sick, and he answers that it is now three or four months; he then states bluntly that Keret is on the verge of death and that she ought to be thinking of making ready a tomb for him.
One of Keret's sons, soliloquizing, laments that he must now creep silently into his father's room like a dog and asks himself whether he is not in fact dying and it is not time for mourning women to be called. Already the mountains of Baal and their broad environs are grieving for him. Is Keret then really a son of El? LI. 11-23. He enters his father's presence and sorrowfully says that hitherto he has been gladdened by the thought of Keret's immortality, but now that he must creep before him like a dog he can but ask if he is indeed a son of El, whose issue do not surely die.