Thursday, 28 July 2016

ugarit language and culture

every serious student of the OT knows the importance of Ugarit. one OT scholar who excelled in Ugarit was the late Peter Craigie. read also his book Ugarit and the Old Testament if you want to see how important Ugarit is for OT studies.

see one of his articles here: http://www.tyndalehouse.com/tynbul/library/TynBull_1983_34_05_Craigie_Ugarit_Canaan_Israel.pdf
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You already know that understanding the Bible’s original languages of Greek and Hebrew is an important prerequisite for serious biblical study.

But what about Ugaritic?

The Israelites didn’t speak Ugaritic. The Bible wasn’t written in Ugaritic. What makes understanding Ugaritic so important for understanding the Hebrew Bible?

What is Ugaritic?

Before we see why it’s so important to know Ugaritic, let’s take a closer look at the people who spoke it.

Ugaritic was the language spoken by the people who lived in the city-state of Ugarit. This city was located directly east of Cyprus, and directly north of Israel.

for the rest of the article, pls go to the url below:

http://zondervanacademic.com/blog/why-learn-ugaritic/

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

where was john the baptist beheaded?

Machaerus: Where John the Baptist was Beheaded

Restoration work gives archaeological context to Biblical scene

Megan Sauter  •  01/12/2015

Who beheaded John the Baptist in the Bible? What were the circumstances of his death? This famous Biblical episode—the notorious dance that ended in death—is recounted in Matthew 14:1–12 and Mark 6:14–29. The sordid details play out much like a Greek tragedy: Princess Salome dances before her stepfather, King Herod, at his birthday party. Pleased, he offers to grant her anything that she desires. After conferring with her mother, Herodias, Princess Salome asks for the head of John the Baptist on a platter. (Earlier, John the Baptist had angered Herodias by saying that her marriage to Herod was not legal; Herodias had previously been married to Herod’s brother, Philip, but had divorced him so that she could marry Herod.) Herod complies with the wish of Salome, and John the Baptist is beheaded.

machaerus-drawing

for the rest of the article, pls go to the url below:

http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-sites-places/biblical-archaeology-places/anastylosis-at-machaerus-where-john-the-baptist-was-beheaded/