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204-205, and n. 260. , 205. 32 posited. ” As noted in chapter one, purification rites contain no reference to their endpoint. That is to say, one does not become pure so that one may become impure again. The reference to the king being “profaned” at the end of such ritual activity implies something more is involved at the outset as well. Taking Pardee’s theory, these rubrics should be viewed as cultic states. While Pardee posits that ḥl functions as release from cultic obligations, I hold that it is better to see the phrases of yrtḥṣ mlk brr and wḥl mlk in the context of sacralization and desacralization of the king (though the latter term is also used of days in this chapter and of hands in the following).

In regard to the phrase wḥl mlk/ym or the larger phrase ʿrb špš wḥl mlk every word has been subject to some debate. However, the critical issue for our study is the meaning of ḥl. While such translations such as “army,”55 “rampart,”56 “dancer,”57 and “enter”58 have been posited, most scholars have seen ḥl as being related some how to issues of purity, hence connected with the root ḥll. e. ”62 Primarily, interpreters have seen in the brr phrase a purifying lustration of the king and in the ḥl phrase a desacralization of the king.

These interpretations largely hold to these definitions, with a few exceptions. 87),” RB 100 (1993): 93-94; Del Olmo Lete, Canaanite Religion, 112; Dennis Pardee, Les Textes Rituels (Ras Shamra-Ougarit 12; Paris: Editions recherche sur les civilisations, 2000), 161-163; Josef Tropper, Ugaritische Grammatik (AOAT 273; Münster: Ugarit-Verlag, 2000), 475, 676. 54 Though not posited in the literature, it is also possible to understand the term as a stative adjective bariru (cf. Heb ‫) ָכּבֵד‬. See Pierre Bordreuil and Dennis Pardee, A Manual of Ugaritic (Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 2009), 57.

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