They consider where Jacob dreamed his dream; the story of Dinah and Shechem; the elusive Rephaim; the 70 songs of Athirat
, the nations of the world, Deuteronomy 32:8B, 8-9, and the myth of divine election; a proposal to emend the text of Deuteronomy 32:7 and Proverbs 23:22; and the continuing problems of myth versus history in biblical studies.
The Greek translators knew not the goddesses Ashera or Athirat
, so 'aserah becomes [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], "grove," reflecting on the one hand Hellenistic religious practices of groves dedicated to various deities and on the other ignorance of the true nature of the biblical object.
Hadley follows the view that Hebrew Asherah can be identified with Ugaritic Athirat (and that both relate to Amorite Ashratum) and that asherah in the Hebrew Bible usually refers to the wooden symbol of the goddess, but also in a handful of cases to the goddess herself.
Chapter two addresses Athirat in the Ugaritic texts.
El's androgynous nature; Shapshu "geminated" into the goddesses Athirat
and Rahmay in KTU 1,23; and deities active in a narrative as ciphers for "the tensions inherent in El").
Certainly El's question as to whether he is a "servant" (bd) or Athirat
a brick-maker in KTU 1.
subset]]l, Athirat, and especially El, devoting individual attention to King Kirta?
Kirta also vows a huge sum of silver and gold to the goddess Athirat, should he succeed in taking Hurriya home (KTU 14.
34) So also, Yassub will be suckled by Athirat and Anat.
The core of the book treats the literature of Ugarit and Canaan, writing systems, misunderstood and mistranslated words in the Bible that have been elucidated by Ugaritic; poetry and parallelism; the problem of tricola; the Psalms; Ugaritic and biblical gods, from Canaanite polytheism to Yahwistic monotheism; the Assembly of Gods at Ugarit and in the Bible; Gods, Goddesses, and Demons; El as Creator of the World and Father of Humanity; Bal as storm and rain god; Bal's foes, Sea and Death; the great goddesses Anat and Athirat
, Astarte; YW = YHWH?