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(reader review: For I have a word to tell you, / a message to recount to you:
the word of the tree and the whisper of the stone, / the murmur of the heavens to the earth, / of the seas to the stars.
I understand the lightning that the heavens do not know, / the word that people do not know, / and earth’s masses cannot understand.
Come, I will reveal it: / in the midst of my mountain, divine Zaphon, / in the sanctuary, in the mountain of my inheritance, /in the pleasant place, in the hill of my victory. (“Baal,” Tablet 3, col. 3, lines 21-31)
In terms of the specific texts included in it, Michael D. Coogan’s “Stories from Ancient Canaan,” in its new, revised and expanded edition of 2012 (with Mark Smith) must be considered the “latest word” in translations from Ugaritic. This is the language written in an alphabetic cuneiform script, on tablets found at Ras Shamra on the Syrian coast, in a series of excavations starting in 1928, a site soon identified as ancient Ugarit (mentioned in Egyptian texts).
The bulk of the contents, carried over from the first edition, concern battles for supremacy between gods, like those in Mesopotamian and Hittite myths, and, in Greek, in Hesiod’s “Theogony,” and encounters between gods and humans in “epic” settings reminding one of Homer. The 2012 edition also includes two additional, more purely mythological texts, “The Lovely Gods” and “El’s Drinking Party.”
The co-translators were able to make use of the latest text editions (naturally including those by Smith himself) and the latest grammatical and lexical studies, and apparently did exactly that, so, for the moment, they are at the leading edge, at least in English. According to the “Advance Praise” endorsements (from an impressive set of scholars), the translation has been thoroughly revised; not having a copy of the first edition at hand, I have to take their word for it.
Indeed, although the translators say “It is written for the reader without linguistic or scholarly background,” readers who are familiar with more technical treatments might want to consider this one seriously, perhaps more so than the 1978 edition. Those who don’t have the background — like the undergraduates for whom the translation was originally intended — will still find themselves in good hands.)