Why Learn Ugaritic?
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.
Ugarit was strategically placed on a direct east–west trade route from the Mediterranean regions to the…