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An examination of the ethics of violence in the Ugaritic story of Aqhat using the conventions of characterization and the conflicting points of view. The points of view of the divine characters El, Baal, Anat, Yatpan, are contrasted with the points of view of the human characters, Aqhat, Dan'il and Pughat, in order to bring out the multi-dimensional aspect of Anat's violence.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-59333-975-3
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Publication Status: In Print

Publication Date: May 24,2013
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 232
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-59333-975-3
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This study explores the issue of Anat's violence in the Ugaritic story of Aqhat through the conventions of characterization and the multiple points of view implicit in the text. Past scholarship tended to treat the ethics of violence in the story of Aqhat one-dimensionally, either by seeing Anat's act of violence as a form of divine retribution or by seeing it as an evil act of murder. This study examines the conflicting points of view of the divine characters El, Baal, Anat, Yatpan, and the unifying points of view of the human characters, Aqhat, Dan'il and Pughat, as a means to bring out the multi-dimensional aspect of Anat's violence. These interlocking perspectives not only provide insight into the worldview of the ancient Near East on the issues of divine and human acts of violence, but also shed light onto the ethics of violence in our present world. The author verifies her conclusions by adopting the perspective of the hypothetical actual audience. The outcome of the study is a more nuanced understanding of the ethics of violence in the story than any previous research on the subject.

Chloe Sun is the Assistant Professor of Old Testament at Logos Evangelical Seminary. She received her Ph.D. from Fuller Theological Seminary with a concentration in Ancient Near Eastern Studies. Her research interests include narrative identity and cultural issues in the Old Testament.

This study explores the issue of Anat's violence in the Ugaritic story of Aqhat through the conventions of characterization and the multiple points of view implicit in the text. Past scholarship tended to treat the ethics of violence in the story of Aqhat one-dimensionally, either by seeing Anat's act of violence as a form of divine retribution or by seeing it as an evil act of murder. This study examines the conflicting points of view of the divine characters El, Baal, Anat, Yatpan, and the unifying points of view of the human characters, Aqhat, Dan'il and Pughat, as a means to bring out the multi-dimensional aspect of Anat's violence. These interlocking perspectives not only provide insight into the worldview of the ancient Near East on the issues of divine and human acts of violence, but also shed light onto the ethics of violence in our present world. The author verifies her conclusions by adopting the perspective of the hypothetical actual audience. The outcome of the study is a more nuanced understanding of the ethics of violence in the story than any previous research on the subject.

Chloe Sun is the Assistant Professor of Old Testament at Logos Evangelical Seminary. She received her Ph.D. from Fuller Theological Seminary with a concentration in Ancient Near Eastern Studies. Her research interests include narrative identity and cultural issues in the Old Testament.

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Chloe Sun

Chloe Sun is the Assistant Professor of Old Testament at Logos Evangelical Seminary. She received her Ph.D. from Fuller Theological Seminary with a concentration in Ancient Near Eastern Studies. Her research interests include narrative identity and cultural issues in the Old Testament.

  • Table of Contents (page 7)
  • Acknowledgments (page 9)
  • Abbreviations (page 11)
  • Introduction (page 15)
  • Part One: Theory (page 19)
  • 1. Methodology (page 21)
  • 2. Previous Interpretation (page 41)
  • Part Two: Implementation (page 65)
  • 3. Divine Characters' Point of View (I): El and Baal (page 67)
  • 4. Divine Characters' Point of View (II): Anat and Yatpan (page 105)
  • 5. Human Characters' Point of View: Dan'il, Pughat, Aqhat (page 131)
  • Part Three: Reliability Check (page 169)
  • 6. The Hypothetical Actual Audience's Point of View (page 171)
  • Conclusion (page 203)
  • Bibliography (page 215)
  • Index (page 229)
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