Dropsie College Theses


Fred E. Young

Date of Award

Spring 4-28-1954

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

First Advisor

Cyrus H. Gordon

Second Advisor

Joseph Reider

Third Advisor

Theodore H. Gaster


The cosmopolitanism of Ugarit leads us to the literatures of all the aforementioned cultures. The greatest point of contact seems to be in the realm of the Epic. Canaan had a vigorous tradition of epic literature, having analogies with the older literatures of Egypt and especially Mesopotamia, but far more intimate relations with East Mediterranean literature including pre-Solomonic Hebrew history and the Homeric Epics. The parallels to the poetic portions of the Old Testament are also quite numerous. Hittite parallels are not lacking.

I will deal largely with parallels to the Old Testament in this work, with occasional allusions to the other literatures when they, too, illuminate Israelitic thought as seen through Ugaritic literature.


Library at the Katz Center - Archives Room Manuscript. PJ4150.Z77 Y586 1954.

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