Ugarit was a Canaanite neighbor-city to Israel’s north, and its language was a Semitic one (related to Hebrew, i.e. a cognate language). We have no Biblical texts in this language, but texts which are contemporary to the Tanakh exist in this language and give us some historical-cultural background regarding some of Israel’s pagan neighbors. A few Ugaritic words creep into the Bible here and there, and these will be explored where they can be identified.
Rather than rushing through the material, this course will be organized into 15 modules rather than the usual 12. Students are free to work ahead if they find that the material is easy enough to attain proficiency in or to take extra time on lessons that don't click as easily.
Dr. Michael Williams (PhD, University of Pennsylvania) is Professor of Old Testament at Calvin Theological Seminary and a member of the NIV Committee on Bible Translation. He is the author of Deception in Genesis, The Prophet and His Message, Basics of Ancient Ugaritic, and How to Read the Bible through the Jesus Lens, and editor and contributor of Mishneh Todah. His passion is to equip students with knowledge of the Old Testament and its languages so that they may grow in their comprehension and appreciation of redemptive history and be adequately prepared to promote and defend the faith through word and action. Michael resides in Grand Rapids, MI, with his wife, Dawn.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate:
• Da’at (Theoria): basic knowledge of the grammatical structure of Ancient Ugaritic
• Binah (Praxis): ability to read and comprehend Ancient Ugaritic
• Chochma (Poiesis): practical exegesis of Ancient Ugaritic texts and idioms therein
The textbook selected for this course is a 3-in-1 grammar, workbook, and lexicon. Lecture videos are available for purchase from the publisher or may be viewed at no additional cost within the framework of this course platform.
MJR would ideally like to have every course (over 60 in our catalog) available every term with a live professor. Given the size of our faculty, this is not always possible, but we can offer course packages where video lectures pre-recorded by a guest lecturer (professors from other institutions) are purchased by MJR and made available to our students, and email support with an MJR professor proficient in the subject can be offered.