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Bibil Identifier bibil:224320
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Politics and Time in the Baal Cycle
Author Tugendhaft, Aaron
Journal Journal of Ancient Near Eastern Religions (Volume: 12, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2012
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2012
Year (Copyright) 2012
Year (Reference) 2012
Language English
Pages 145-157 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This essay considers the Ugaritic Baal Cycle in light of Mircea Eliade's ideas about history and primordial archetypes. Unlike the Babylonian poem Enuma elish with which it is so often compared, the Baal Cycle does not depict a primordial combat and so does not root the political rule of today in the overcoming of a prior chaos. The Ugaritic poem adopts an attitude towards politics that is at odds with the one taken by the Babylonian creation narrative and championed by Eliade in his celebration of what he called “archaic ontology.“ Instead of providing a means to overcome the contingency of historical becoming, the Baal Cycle embraces the historical aspect of political rule.
DOI 10.1163/15692124-12341235
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Lands of the Levant (except Canaan-Israel) : Ugarit : Literature : Myths and Narratives : Baal and Anath
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Ancient Near East (in general) : Religion : Baal
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