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Ugarit and Israeute Origins

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André Lemaire, concludes his well-documented review article on the origins of Israel in La Protohistoire d'Israël, published in 1990, with the statement that the time has come to abandon the fashionable negative attitude towards the feasibility of tracing the outlines of the history of Israel in the premonarchical period. This chapter presents some further corroboration of Lemaire's view. If the Proto-Israelites were Canaanites, and if one must assume that they were present somewhere in southern Canaan at the very same time when the Ugaritic tablets were written, the possibility of a direct link between Ugarit and the Proto-Israelites cannot be dismissed out of hand. The chapter concludes that not only the legends about king Og travelled north, but also the story of YHWH-El's occupation of Baal's mountain Zaphon and the tradition about his fearful appearance in fire and clouds from a region in southern Canaan.

Keywords: La Protohistoire d'Israël; Baal; Canaanites; Israelite origin; Ugarit; YHWH-EI; Zaphon

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