The Bible: From the Hill of Fennel

The Dead Sea scrolls from Qumran have been widely heralded as the most spectacular archaeological find of the century. Almost as important for Biblical research, many scholars believe, are the little-known discoveries that have been made at Ras Shamra (meaning "hill of fennel") in northern Syria. There, since 1929, archaeologists led by Dr. Claude F. A. Schaeffer of the College de France have been painstakingly digging up the remains of the ancient Canaanite city-state of Ugarit, which was destroyed in the 12th century B.C. A neighbor of ancient Israel, Ugarit had a language closely allied to Hebrew, and an elaborate,...

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