A Grammar of Ugaritic is an accessible yet academically rigorous textbook for first-year students of Ugaritic. Eight digestible lessons include more than 150 exercises to strengthen readers’ understanding through translation and composition of not only vocalized Ugaritic but also transcribed texts and cuneiform script—strategies that develop language skills and provide a sound basis for classroom teaching. Short stories interspersed among the lessons help students consolidate their knowledge and bolster recognition of forms. An introduction to the language and its historical context, glossaries, paradigms, and a bibliography and guide for further learning supplement the lessons. Students who work through the grammar in the classroom or individually will be rewarded with the ability to read real Ugaritic texts in cuneiform.
John Screnock is Tutor in Old Testament at Wycliffe Hall in the University of Oxford. He is the author of Traductor Scriptor: The Old Greek Translation of Exodus 1–14 as Scribal Activity (2017) and articles in Journal of Biblical Literature, Vetus Testamentum, Journal of Semitic Studies, Revue de Qumran, and Dead Sea Discoveries.
Vladimir Olivero is Postdoctoral researcher at the Università per Stranieri di Siena and Research Assistant in Assyriology at the Faculty of Oriental Studies at the University of Oxford. He has published articles in Vetus Testamentum, Journal of Semitic Studies, Textus, Biblica, and Oriens Antiquus.