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Bibil Identifier bibil:223550
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Contrast and Meaning in the ʾAqhat Story
Author Natan-Yulzary, Shirly
Journal Vetus Testamentum (Volume: 62, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2012
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2012
Year (Copyright) 2012
Year (Reference) 2012
Language English
Pages 433-449 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Creating contrast between different elements in the narrative is one of the Ugaritic poet’s main poetic devices. This literary tool is employed to encourage the audience to elicit and produce narrative meaning. In ʾAqhat it is a prominent technique, abundant in the lexical make up and stylistic texture of the narrative, in its content, as well as in the narrative structure. The examples analyzed in the article represent only a sampling of the Ugaritic poet’s elaborate and complex range of literary creativity. They illustrate the prominence of this device and demonstrate that its use is akin to that familiar from biblical narrative. Thus, this essay also indirectly supports the thesis the literary precursors and background of biblical narrative poetics are reflected in the Ugaritic epics, and that these two corpora are representative of the same literary tradition, not only regard to thematics and language, but also in respect to their poetics
DOI 10.1163/156853312X645254
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Lands of the Levant (except Canaan-Israel) : Ugarit : Literature : Myths and Narratives : Aqhat
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Literature : Genres and Forms : Narrative
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