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Open Letter to Eisenbrauns Editors

February 27, 2008

Canaanite Religion according to the Liturgical Texts of Ugarit
Eisenbrauns is now showing a forthcoming second edition of Gregorio del Olmo Lete’s Canaanite Religion according to the Liturgical Texts of Ugarit.

While I’m quite happy for a new and updated edition of del Olmo Lete’s work, I would be ecstatic if this edition had something that was in the original 1992 Spanish edition (yet strangely lacking from the English translation): photos. I am well aware that it would up the publication costs drastically, but La religion cananea segun la liturgia de Ugarit had photographs of some tablets found nowhere else (including Inscriptifact and Les Textes Rituels).

Given the difficulty in getting a hold of the old Spanish edition, Eisenbrauns would do the NWS scholarly world a service by providing the photos in their new edition.

(Not to mention that it was also guarantee that many of us who have the older, first English edition would shell out the cash for the new one.)

  1. February 29, 2008 1:26 am

    Pitard was right to moan about the lack of “epigraphically useful photos” able to serve as a basis for choice between rival collations. It’s a great shame it’s still happening.

    Could you note any significant tablet photographs in the Spanish del Olmo Lete book not available elsewhere?

  2. jimgetz permalink*
    February 29, 2008 10:32 am

    CAT 1.87 and 1.132 come immediately to mind. I also don’t find those of CAT 1.164 and 1.168 in Pardee’s Les Textes Rituels to be “epigraphically useful photos” (not to blame him in this matter, just to point out a problem).

  3. March 19, 2008 8:23 am


    We talked to del Olmo Lete at the recent AOS meeting in Chicago, and he will be forwarding the photos to us for inclusion.

    Thanks for pointing out to us that they were lacking; we took over the book from another publisher and just reprinted it without change. This will be a true second edition, complete with photos.


  4. jimgetz permalink*
    March 19, 2008 11:57 am

    That is absolutely amazing. I hope I’m not just speaking for myself when I tell you that this is a wonderful thing.

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