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Issue 48
October 2011
Reading Time: 15 minutes

Happy Halloween, Gorgiasians!

We have been so busy in our tracks preparing for upcoming conferences that it seems the Gorgias staff is in debate over which season it is! We’ve barely noticed the season change, given the strange and fluctuating NJ weather. The beautiful colors on the trees confirms that indeed we have passed from summer to autumn, though this weekend's early snowfall on the East Coast tell us that it just may be winter already. We are at the last stages of preparation for SBL in San Francisco and MESA in Washington, DC. If you are coming to either of these conferences, be sure to stop by the Gorgias exhibit for great deals. Christina Geuther, our Reprints Acquisitions Editor & Conference Rep, just returned from the Pappas Patristics Conference in Boston, MA. Be sure to check out her report in the “Conferences” section for a sneak peak of what's in store for SBL and MESA.

Perhaps the most momentous occasion for this year took place a few days ago when we uploaded our 10th-year anniversary catalog to the printer. We took special care in preparing this catalog as it marks a special step in our journey to distinguish between our new publications and our reprints. After much time and discussion, George and I have decided to create the G&C Kiraz imprint to include all our reprints as well as publications with our partners. To aid your browsing experience, we have prepared two separate catalogs: the Gorgias Press Catalog, which includes original publications, and the G&C Kiraz catalog, which encompasses all our reprints. But don’t fret, for this is as seamless a transition as ever; our website and online ordering services will remain the same. Be sure to check out the Gorgias Press 10th anniversary and the G&C Kiraz catalogs by following the links.

The same day we uploaded the catalogs, we also uploaded the first ever Syriac encyclopedia, The Gorgias Encyclopedic Dictionary of Syriac Heritage. We are very proud of this decade-long endeavor and cannot wait until the physical proofs arrive in our office. If you are just as anxious to get your copy as soon as it comes out, be sure to pre-order your copy today.

If you have not been visiting our Gorgias Facebook Fan page, please don’t wait as Gorgiasians have been getting rather creative with the trivia questions. In fact, our current enthusiast of the month Joseph Kalariparampil is an ongoing participant and winner of the trivia. Check out his comments and suggestions in the enthusiast column.

As always, happy reading.

Christine Kiraz


 

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Due to high production volume, we can't list of all the new releases here. Below we include a select list of recent releases. For the complete list, please visit our Just Published page.

Melilah: Manchester Journal of Jewish Studies (2009)
By Bernard Jackson

ISBN 978-1-4632-0154-8
Paperback, $26.45 (BiblioPerks™ $23.81)

Melilah is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal concerned with Jewish law, history, literature, religion, culture and thought in the ancient, medieval and modern eras. Contributors (2009) include Cynthia Crewe (abstract only), Dvir Abramovich, Phillip Mendes, and Elliot Cohen.



Lily Montagu's Shekhinah
By Luke Devine

ISBN 978-1-61143-684-6
Hardback, $130 (BiblioPerks™ $117.00)

Lily Montagu's Shekhinah outlines Lily Montagu’s theological writing, particularly her appropriation of the feminine aspect of the divine presence, Shekhinah, and provides a much needed corrective to the androcentric Anglo-Jewish historiography that has ignored, marginalized, and completely erased, the founder of the Liberal Jewish movement in England. Indeed, Luke Devine's book is vital reading for students of Anglo-Jewry, First-Wave feminism, Jewish feminism, Liberal Judaism, and Jewish mysticism.



The Reception and Remembrance of Abraham
By Pernille Carstens

ISBN 978-1-4632-0054-1
Hardback, $124 (BiblioPerks™ $111.60)

This book explores the role of the Biblical patriarch Abraham in the formation and use of authoritative texts in the Persian and Hellenistic periods. It reflects a conference session in 2009 focusing on Abraham as a figure of cultural memory in the literature of these periods.



Terms for Eternity: Aiônios and Aïdios in Classical and Christian Texts
By Ilaria Ramelli

ISBN 978-1-59333-694-3
Hardback, $103 (BiblioPerks™ $92.70)

This book explores two ancient Greek terms for eternity, aiônios and aïdios, from their earliest occurrence in Pre-Socratic philosophy and Plato down through the patristic fathers, where they play a crucial role in debates over eternal punishment vs. universal salvation.



The Concept of Intention in the Old Testament, Philo of Alexandria and the Early Rabbinic Literature
By Aurelian Botica

ISBN 978-1-59333-653-0
Hardback, $176.95 (BiblioPerks™ $159.26)

The book answers a number of questions about human intentionality, raised by the Old Testament, Philo of Alexandria and by the early rabbies. It does so exploring this concept in the areas of criminal and cultic law, and in the spheres of piety and ethics.



Neo-Assyrian Prophecy and the Hebrew Bible: Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah
By Russell Mack

ISBN 978-1-4632-0077-0
Hardback, $160.6 (BiblioPerks™ $144.54)

This comparative literary study of Neo-Assyrian prophecy and the Old Testament books Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah highlights similarities and differences in the material. The differences have implications for who produced the material and when.



Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies (Volume 6)
By George Kiraz

ISBN 978-1-59333-815-2
Paperback, $80.6 (BiblioPerks™ $72.54)

Widely regarded as a premier journal dedicated to the study of Syriac, Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies was established in 1998 as a venue devoted exclusively to the discipline. An organ of Beth Mardutho, the Syriac Institute, the journal appears semi-annually and will be printed in annual editions. A peer-reviewed journal, Hugoye is a respected academic source for up-to-date information about the state of Syriac studies and for discovering what is going on in the field. Contributors include some of the most respected names in the world of Syriac today. This is Volume 6 of the journal from 2003.










Here is a select list of forthcoming publications. Click here for a complete list.

Gorgias Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Syriac Heritage
The Gorgias Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Syriac Heritage (GEDSH) is the first major encyclopedia-type reference work devoted exclusively to Syriac Christianity, both as a field of scholarly inquiry and as the inheritance of Syriac Christians today. In more than 600 entries it covers the Syriac heritage from its beginnings in the first centuries of the Common Era up to the present day. Special attention is given to authors, literary works, scholars, and locations that are associated with the Classical Syriac tradition. Within this tradition, the diversity of Syriac Christianity is highlighted as well as Syriac Christianity’s broader literary and historical contexts, with major entries devoted to Greek and Arabic authors and more general themes, such as Syriac Christianity’s contacts with Judaism and Islam, and with Armenian, Coptic, Ethiopian, and Georgian Christianities.
ISBN 978-1-59333-714-8, Hardback, $98 (BiblioPerks™ $88.20)

Authority within the Christian Church
At the present time, when authority for the church's beliefs and actions is the subject of much discussion, this book attempts to look to the authority of God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, and how these are transmitted, including the roles of reason and the church.
ISBN 1-59333-342-0, Hardback, $123.75 (BiblioPerks™ $111.38)

Histoire des Mongols
A history of the Mongols by a Swedish diplomat of Armenian descent, of extraordinary completeness
ISBN 978-1-61143-280-0, Hardback, $758.65 (BiblioPerks™ $682.79)

Les Turcs au Moyen-age
This collection of articles concentrates on the medieval history of the Turks, Seljuks, Turkmen and Ottomans. It emphasizes the multiple currents of influence linking the late Byzantine Empire, the early Ottoman Empire and humanist Europe.
ISBN 978-1-61143-808-6, Hardback, $123.7 (BiblioPerks™ $111.33)

The Harp (Volume 20 Part 1)
The Harp is the scholarly journal of Syriac, Oriental, and Ecumenical studies published by the St. Ephrem Ecumenical Research Institute (SEERI) in Kottayam, India.
ISBN 978-1-61143-654-9, Hardback, $170.2 (BiblioPerks™ $153.18)

The Ottoman Turks
A collection of essays by Dr. Carl Max Kortepeter on the political history and international relations of the Ottomans as well as on social, cultural and economic aspects of the Ottoman history.
ISBN 978-1-61143-725-6, Hardback, $149.5 (BiblioPerks™ $134.55)

The Temple of the Kings
First architectural description of the Temple of Seti I, at Abydos, reporting the first full excavation of 1902.
ISBN 978-1-61719-486-3, Paperback, $27.35 (BiblioPerks™ $24.62)

Missionary Researches in Armenia
The present work is the travelogue compiled from the notes and letters of Eli Smith and Harrison Dwight who traveled to the Middle East to interact with Armenian Christians in the early nineteenth-century.
ISBN 978-1-61143-603-7, Paperback, $103.4 (BiblioPerks™ $93.06)






Dear Gorgasians,

Let me update you on a few of the projects that we have in production at the moment:

First, we have Tom Ricks' Notables, Merchants, and Shaykhs of Southern Iran's Towns and Ports on the Persian Gulf: Politics and Trade in a Northwestern Indian Ocean Region, AD 1729-1789. Unlike the traditional 18th and early 19th century historical narratives, the present work focuses on the trade and politics of local merchants and port rulers as a way of understanding the continued stability of Persian, Arab, Armenian, Jewish and Indian communities during a period frequently described as one of "anarchy" and "piracy."

Next, we have Satoshi Toda's Vie de S. Macaire L'egyptien: Edition et traduction des textes copte et syriaque. The life of Saint Macarius the Egyptian (c. 300-390) is transmitted in various languages of the Christian Orient. A study in its transmission and the re-edition of its Coptic and Syriac versions constitute the main body of this book.

Finally, we have Naomi Koltun-Fromm's Jewish-Christian Conversation in Fourth-Century Persian Mesopotamia: A Reconstructed Conversation. Was there an active Jewish-Christian polemic in fourth-century Persia? Aphrahat's Demonstrations, a fourth-century Adversus Judaeos text, clearly indicates that fourth-century Persian Christians were interested in the debate. Is there evidence of this polemic in the rabbinic literature? Despite the lack of a comparable Jewish or rabbinic Adversus Christianos literature, there is evidence, both from Aphrahat and the rabbis, that this polemic was not one sided.

Happy reading Gorgiasians!

Katie Stott

Acquisitions Editor

Notables, Merchants, and Shaykhs of Southern Iran's Towns and Ports on the Persian Gulf By Thomas Ricks
Unlike the traditional 18th and early 19th century historical narratives, the present work focuses on the trade and politics of local merchants and port rulers as a way of understanding the continued stability of Persian, Arab, Armenian, Jewish and Indian communities during a period frequently described as one of "anarchy" and "piracy."
ISBN 978-1-59333-957-9, Hardback, $160 (BiblioPerks™ $144.00)

Vie de S. Macaire L'egyptien By Satoshi Toda
The Life of saint Macarius the Egyptian (c. 300-390) is transmitted in various languages of the Christian Orient. A study in its transmission and the reedition of its Coptic and Syriac versions constitute the main body of this book.
ISBN 978-1-61143-971-7, Hardback, $205 (BiblioPerks™ $184.50)

Jewish-Christian Conversation in Fourth-Century Persian Mesopotamia By Naomi Koltun-Fromm
Was there an active Jewish-Christian polemic in fourth-century Persia? Aphrahat's Demonstrations, a fourth-century adversus Judaeos text, clearly indicates that fourth-century Persian Christians were interested in the debate. Is there evidence of this polemic in the rabbinic literature? Despite the lack of a comparable Jewish or rabbinic adversus Christianos literature, there is evidence, both from Aphrahat and the Rabbis that this polemic was not one sided.
ISBN 978-1-4632-0156-2, Hardback, $127.45 (BiblioPerks™ $114.71)






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Enthusiast of the Month: Joseph Kalariparampil

Joseph Kalariparampil

Joseph Kalariparampil was born to a Syro-Malankara Catholic family in India, and in December 2002, he was ordained a Malankara Catholic Priest for the diocese of Tiruvalla. From 2003 to 2007, following his sacerdotal ordination, he prepared catechism textbooks for the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church. He also pursued his Master’s degree in Syriac Literature from St. Ephrem Ecumenical Research Institute in Kottayam, Kerala, India, in addition to serving as a parish priest. Since August 2009, Joseph has been pursuing his doctoral studies in Switzerland in the field of Syriac patrology. The theme of his current research is “The Theology of Eucharist according to Jacob of Serugh,” using selected homilies that he will translate from Syriac into English. In addition to Syriac, he has also studied German, French, and Arabic.

Why is Joseph a fan of Gorgias Press?

“The well-renowned Gorgias Press strives to bring forward the wisdom of the unknown and neglected areas of literature, especially in the field of Semitic languages. Only a small part of this area is unveiled. Thanks to their ardent work, many people who are interested in the literature of the early Christian centuries can gain access to these pearls of wisdom through Gorgias Press.”

Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies (Volume 1)
By George Kiraz

ISBN 978-1-59333-810-7
Paperback, $75 (BiblioPerks™ $67.50)

Widely regarded as a premier journal dedicated to the study of Syriac, Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies was established in 1998 as a venue devoted exclusively to the discipline. An organ of Beth Mardutho, the Syriac Institute, the journal appears semi-annually and will be printed in annual editions. A peer-reviewed journal, Hugoye is a respected academic source for up-to-date information about the state of Syriac studies and for discovering what is going on in the field. Contributors include some of the most respected names in the world of Syriac today. This is Volume 1 of the journal from 1998.



An Introduction to Syriac Studies
By Sebastian Brock

ISBN 1-59333-349-8
Paperback, $38 (BiblioPerks™ $34.20)

This Introduction aims to provide basic guidance to important areas of Syriac studies. The relevance of Syriac studies to a variety of other fields is explored. A brief orientation to the history of Syriac literature is offered, and Syriac is set within the context of the other Aramaic dialects. A thorough discussion on important tools (Instrumenta Studiorum) is presented; topics include grammars, dictionaries, the Bible in Syriac, histories of Syriac literature, bibliographical aids and relevant series, periodicals, and encyclopedias. This Introduction should prove useful both for the student beginning Syriac studies and for scholars working in adjacent fields.



Jacob of Serugh and His Times
By George Kiraz

ISBN 978-1-60724-049-5
Hardback, $145 (BiblioPerks™ $130.50)

This volume is a collection of studies on the Syriac sixth century writer Jacob of Sarug by a team of international scholars, including Susan Ashbrook Harvey, Sebastian P. Brock, Sharbil Iskandar Bcheiry, Khalid Dinno, Sidney Griffith , Mary Hansbury, Amir Harrak , George A. Kiraz , Edward Matthews, Aho Shemunkasho, and Lucas Van Rompay.



The Scattered Pearls
By Ignatius Aphram I Barsoum

ISBN 978-1-61143-227-5
Hardback, $187.6 (BiblioPerks™ $168.84)

Mor Ignatius Aphram I Barsoum presents a comprehensive history of the literature of the Syriac tradition.



Salvation in Christ According to Jacob of Serugh
By Thomas Kollamparampil

ISBN 978-1-60724-880-4
Hardback, $175 (BiblioPerks™ $157.50)

Jacob of Serugh’s vision of ‘Salvation in Christ’, in its exegetical, theological, catechetical, liturgical and pastoral aspects, is reviewed in this monograph. Jacob’s mode of symbolic-mystical-silence approach to the mystery of Christ is explained. This treatise gathers up Jacob’s typological and symbolic thought-patterns, in his own language, categories, terminologies, and imageries.



The Luminous Eye
By Sebastian Brock

ISBN 978-1-61143-216-9
Hardback, $127.15 (BiblioPerks™ $114.44)

An Arabic translation of Sebastian Brock's masterful introduction to the thought of St. Ephrem the Syrian.








Orientalia Reviews The Book of the Laws of the Countries: A Dialogue on Free Will versus Fate, A Key-Word-in-Context Concordance

In its recent issue (vol. 80, p. 139), Orientalia published a review of Jerome Alan Lund's The Book of the Laws of the Countries: A Dialogue on Free Will versus Fate, A Key-Word-in-Context Concordance (Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press, 2007) by Craig E. Morrison of the Pontifical Biblical Institute who concludes:

"[This is] a fine example of early Syriac literature ... Like Lund's other concordances, this volume is very user-friendly ... Syriac scholars grateful to Lund for this concordance look forward to his future contributions."

Sobornost Incorporating Eastern Churches Reviews The Letters of John of Dalyatha

In a recent issue (vol. 30.1, pp. 107-110), Sobornost Incorporating Eastern Churches Reviews published a review essay including Mary Hansbury's The Letters of John of Dalyatha (Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press, 2006) by Augustine Casiday of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David who concludes:

"[This book appears] from an increasingly visible publisher distinguished for bringing into print— or in some bases, back into print— an excellent range of books, not least on the Christian East ... [This is] a splendid volume ... [T]hanks to [Hansbury's] lucid translation, these letters stand on their own feet and will be able to make their own interest clear to readers."

The Book of the Laws of Countries: A Dialogue on Free Will versus Fate, A Key-Word-in-Context Concordance
By Jerome Lund

ISBN 978-1-59333-374-4
Hardback, $128 (BiblioPerks™ $115.20)

This key-word-in-context concordance will facilitate the study of the very early Syriac text called The Book of the Laws of the Countries, a dialogue on free will versus fate between the Edessean philosopher Bardaisan and his interlocutor Awida.



The Letters of John of Dalyatha
By Mary Hansbury

ISBN 1-59333-341-2
Paperback, $35 (BiblioPerks™ $31.50)

John of Dalyatha outlines the itinerary of those who are baptized: purification; sanctification through silence; tears; wonder; divine light; union through contemplation; praise; assistance of the angels--leading to the vision of God.








Gorgias Press will be exhibiting at the conferences and meetings listed below, offering a special discount to conference attendees for not just the books in display but for all items in our current catalog. In addition, our editors will also be present at these meetings should you have a manuscript proposal which you would like to discuss with us.

  • The American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) 2011 Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA. November 16-19, 2011.
  • The Society for Biblical Literature (SBL) 2011 Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA. November 19-22, 2011.
  • The Middle East Studies Association (MESA) 2011 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. December 1-4, 2011.

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    Conference Report: Pappas Patristic Institute's Annual Fall Thematic Conference: "Family and Children in the Patristic Tradition," 13-15 October 2011, Brookline, MA

    Christina Geuther, GP's Reprints Acquisitions Editor & Conference Representative, shares the following report:

    This month I was fortunate to spend a few autumn days in New England at the Pappas Patristic Institute’s conference. There and around Boston, I met some of Gorgias Press' translators, fellow editors, university affiliates, and other scholars in the field. What a fantastic experience, and many thanks to Dr. Bruce Beck for coordinating the outstanding hospitality of Holy Cross. Many of the participants excitedly asked about the forthcoming Gorgias Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Syriac Heritage I gladly updated them that it’s officially in press!

    Conference exhibits give people a chance to preview or purchase titles at a discount. One of these titles didn’t get a chance to sit on the table more than ten minutes! That was Stephen Thomas’ Deification in the Eastern Orthodox Tradition: A Biblical Perspective from the Gorgias Eastern Christian Studies series. We sold out of Sebastian Brock’s Bride of Light. Other popular titles included Midrash and the Exegetical Mind, a collection of papers edited by Lieve Teugels and Rivka Ulmer; Paul Sands’ The Justification of Religious Faith in Soren Kierkegaard, John Henry Newman, and William James; Robert Murray’s Symbols of Church and Kingdom; and items from the Gorgias Handbooks series. I was told by some visitors at our booth that they already had several of our titles on exhibit. In fact, they also provided their recommendations to friends and colleagues. We appreciate those compliments very much and extend our thanks to our active readership that truly makes this press a community experience.

    November will be a busy month for conferences, and remember that upcoming Gorgias Press exhibitions are updated on our website. You may find George in San Francisco at the American Schools of Oriental Research as well as the joint conferences of the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature. During the first week of December, Gorgias Press will be represented at the Middle Eastern Studies Association's Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. We hope to see you there!






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