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This chapter provides concluding remarks for this book. The Ugaritic divine epithets reflect the basic religious concepts of Ugaritic society and help to determine the role and position of the various gods in Ugaritic religion. The epithets undoubtedly reflect important characteristics of the respective deities and are thus crucial for the understanding of the religious conceptions of the inhabitants of ancient Ugarit. The epithets using royal terminology or the concept of kingship are widely used in the ancient Near East. Most divine epithets occur in poetic texts, the literary structure of which is based on poetic parallelism. Most of the Ugaritic divine epithets discussed are parallel epithets of similar meaning in Akkadian, Biblical Hebrew, Arabic and other Near Eastern languages. This reflects the common cultural and religious background of the various polytheistic and later monotheistic religions of the Near East.

Keywords: Near Eastern languages; poetic parallelism; Ugaritic divine epithets; Ugaritic religion



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