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This introductory chapter of this book addresses several issues: (1) textual matters, additional to the material presented in UBC 1; (2) verbal syntax in the Baal Cycle; (3) a discussion of the literary character of the building narrative in 1.3-1.4; (4) reflections on the presentation of the divine geography and family relationships in the Baal Cycle and (5) some consideration of the connection between the heavenly realm described in the cycle and its earthly reflection in the temple of Baal at Ugarit. The ancient people of Ugarit offered their devotion, their lives to Baal and other deities in their temples, and the meanings of this devotion were expressed in cultic and literary forms. Cultic activity in the Baal temple and the images in texts, as epitomized by the Baal Cycle, provided different avenues for expressing ancient Ugarit's deep fears and great hopes about the forces surrounding their world.

Keywords: Baal temple; cultic activity; divine geography; family relationships; heavenly realm; Ugaritic Baal Cycle (UBC 1)



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