A Grammar of the Ugaritic Language

Second impression with corrections


Ugaritic, discovered in 1929, is a North-West Semitic language, documented on clay tablets (about 1250 texts) and dated from the period between the 14th and the 12th centuries B.C.E. The documents are of various types: literary, administrative, lexicological. Numerous Ugaritic tablets contain portions of a poetic cycle pertaining to the Ugaritic pantheon. Another part, the administrative documents shed light on the organization of Ugarit, thus contributing greatly to our understanding of the history and culture of the biblical and North-West Semitic world. This important reference work, a revised and translated edition of the author's Hebrew publication (Beer Sheva, 1993), deals with the phonology, morphology and syntax of Ugaritic. The book contains also an appendix with text selections.
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Biographical Note

Daniel Sivan, Ph.D., is Professor of Biblical Hebrew and North-West Semitic languages at Beer Sheva University; he also teaches at Bar Ilan University. His publications include studies on grammatical aspects of Biblical Hebrew and Ugaritic.

Review Quote

' ...this grammar definitely marks a step further in the diffusion of the knowledge of Ugaritic.' Augustinus Gianto, Orientalia, 1998. ' C.H. Gordons "Ugaritic Textbook" [...] hat nun in D. Sivans Grammatik nicht nur einen Konkurrenten, sondern wohle eher einen würdigen Nachfolger bekommen.' Oswald Loretz, Ugarit Forschungen, 1996. ' Ugaritologists are not alone to benefit from Sivan's work, for students of the Hebrew Bible will also find in its pages relevant support for their research.' Stanislav Segert, Journal of the American Oriental Society, 1999.


All those interested in Semitic languages, Biblical studies (including Biblical Hebrew), archaeologists of Israel and Syria, theologians, biblical philologists.