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Ba'l rises, rebukes the divine assembly, and goes forth to war. In the (cosmogonie) battle, he is victorious, and he returns to take up kingship. 31 Presumably he returned to the assembled gods and appeared in glory, and the divine council rejoiced. In a later text, 32 Ba'l's temple, symbolic of his new sovereignty, 33 is completed, and the gods sit at banquet celebrating. Ba'l is king. Similarly, in Tablet VI of the Babylonian Creation Epic, Marduk, after battling the primordial ocean, Tiämat, and creating the universe, receives from the gods a newly constructed temple where the gods sit at banquet celebrating his kingship.

Hbb, "to be pure," Akkadian ebêbu, was first suggested to me by George Mendenhall, who compared the use of tëbibtu at Mari. However, the meaning "military census" is by no means undisputed. See I. J. Gelb et. , Assyrian Dictionary (Chicago, 1956-) IV, 6f. v. "ebêbu"; G. E. Mendenhall, "The Census Lists of Numbers 1 and 26," Journal of Biblical Literature, 77 : 52-66, esp. 56 (1958). Still, the meaning "to be pure," often in a ritual sense, adheres to the root, and may carry such meaning here, whatever the special derived sense of tëbibtu at Mari.

22. Presumably pnyk yhwh fell out in an ancient haplography. Some Greek texts read τ ο ν κυριον, which may be original or may be ad sensum. 23. The received reading is impossible. The Septuagint probably read pni/ 'byr if'qb, προσωπον του θεου Ιακώβ. Cf. Septuagint version of Psalm 132:2 (131:2), which reaas τ ω θεω Ιακώβ for 'bifr y'qk. 24. Omit the conjunction, for stylistic reasons. Cf. F. M. Cross and D. N. Freedman, "A Royal Song of Thanksgiving: II Samuel 22 = Psalm IS," Journal of Biblical Literature, 72 : 19f.

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