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Review of Rahmouni

September 30, 2008

My review of  Aicha Rahmouni’s Divine Epithets in the Ugaritic Alphabetic Texts is up at Review of Biblical Literature. Check it out.

  1. ntwrong permalink
    September 30, 2008 6:19 pm

    Some good and judicious comments, James. You’re right to draw attention to the fact that Rahmouni’s analysis provides a lot of new interpretations, supported by much valuable and insightful discussion of the issues. Her book can be a very useful resource, depending on which Ugaritic text one is reading.

  2. October 1, 2008 9:52 am


    It’s a fun book. It will be very useful from a lexicographic point of view, especially for those working with the narrative poetry at Ugarit. Unfortunately, I think Rahmouni over states the importance of epithets in reconstructing Ugaritic religion.

  3. ntwrong permalink
    October 1, 2008 6:36 pm

    Yeah – I noticed that particular qualifier in your RBL review. When I had a read through the book, I was looking for what she said about the epithets that interested me, so I didn’t take much notice of her overall conclusions. Funny to make such conclusions after all the hoo-harrr in New Testament Christology title-studies, which goes back decades. … hmmmmm… although, there is a distinct possibility that NT studies weren’t a big part of the syllabus in her neck of the woods.

  4. ntwrong permalink
    October 1, 2008 6:45 pm

    BTW and way OT: A Mormon calling himself ‘The Monk’ interprets the “Word of wood, and whispering of stone” passage from the Baal Myth in terms of LDS temple ordinances. Here. There’s something you don’t think about every day.

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