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The Ugaritic poem Aqhat (sometime before 1200 BC) has theme of a boy and his dad.

Danel the man of Rapau has been providing food and drink for the gods, curled up in a temple. He is a “hero” and all around praiseworthy. (The editors think it beyond question that Ezekiel 28:3 is a reference to this character)

n response Baal approaches His father El the “Creator of Creatures” and asks for El to give Danel a son who will provide a Stella for the family ancestors and who will perform the tasks of worship toward the gods.

What I found surprising were the human oriented tasks for this son

First he must be a brawler: “to shut the jaws of his abusers, to drive off his oppressors”

Second he must home dad when he’s drunk, “to hold his hand when he is drunk, to support him when he is full of wine.”

Third, clean up dad and his house, “to patch his roof when it gets muddy, to wash his clothes when they get dirty.”

Danel sounds like a serious drunk. He gets drunk, gets into fights, and his house and clothes are a fright.

This is the guy the ancient Canaanites held up as a paragon of wisdom and virtue.

Quoted from Stories From Ancient Canaan, 2d Ed, Cohan & Smith