|The New Syriac Primer, 2nd Edition|
By George Anton Kiraz
(Gorgias Handbooks 9)
A truly useful introduction to the Syriac language is a rare find. This practical initiation to the study of this ancient language of the Christian church speaks with clarity and authority. A fruitful integration of scholarly introduction and practical application, this primer is more than a simple grammar or syntactic introduction to the language. Written in a style designed for beginners, Kiraz avoids technical language and strives for a reader-friendly inductive approach. Readings from actual Syriac texts allow the student to experience the language first hand and the basics of the grammar of the language are ably explained. The book comes with downloadable material so that readers may listen to all reading sentences and text passages in the book.
|978-1-59333-325-6||Linguistics, Syriac, Gorgias Handbooks (1935-6838)
|Approaches to the History of the Interpretation of the Qur’an|
Edited by Andrew Rippin
(Gorgias Islamic Studies 1)
In recent years, the Qur’an has come to the forefront of scholarly investigations in Islamic studies. However, the traditional interpretation of the book, commonly termed tafsir, remains a vast, virtually untapped field of investigation. Many Muslims tend to ignore the material, seeing it as a storehouse of traditional restraints, and scholars frequently gloss over its importance as a historical record of the Muslim community, not appreciating the depth and breadth of the literature. The essays gathered here expose and explore various aspects of the field of tafsir, and their potential for scholarly research.
|978-1-60724-046-4||Religion, Arabic & Islamic Studies, Philosophy & Theology, Gorgias Islamic Studies
|3.||978-1-4632-0249-1||Ancient Near East, Archaeology, Gorgias Studies in the Ancient Near East
|First Came Marriage|
By Susan Marks
(Judaism in Context 13)
Ritual and historical perspectives each provide only a partial view of early Jewish weddings. Combining these approaches allows for a new look at practices rejected or highlighted by early rabbis and their successors, and First Came Marriage: The Rabbinic Appropriation of Early Jewish Wedding Ritual investigates the process by which early Jews married and the various moves they used to minimize, elaborate or codify these practices.
|978-1-59333-585-4||Religion, Classics, Judaism in Context (1935-6978), Hebrew & Judaica
|Jews, Christians and Zoroastrians|
Edited by Geoffrey Herman
(Judaism in Context 17)
The Sasanian Empire was home to many religious communities. It was also a place of meeting and transformation. The studies in this volume encompass a diverse array of topics concerning these religious communities inhabiting the Sasanian Empire. Some include the Roman East in their deliberations. Most, however, deal with the interaction of one or other religious community based in the Sasanian Empire with the dominant religion of the empire, Zoroastrianism.
|978-1-4632-0250-7||Religion, Eastern Christianity, Judaism in Context (1935-6978), Hebrew & Judaica
|"YHWH Fights for Them!"|
By Charlie Trimm
(Gorgias Biblical Studies 58)
The divine warrior is an important motif in the Old Testament, leading many to study profitably the motif in its most prominent manifestations in poetic texts. This study builds on that foundation by examining the divine warrior in detail in the exodus narrative to construct a broader picture of the motif in the Old Testament.
|978-1-4632-0271-2||Religion, Biblical Studies, Gorgias Biblical Studies (1935-6870)
|A Brief Introduction to the Semitic Languages|
By Aaron D. Rubin
(Gorgias Handbooks 19)
With a written history of nearly five thousand years, the Semitic languages comprise one of the world’s earliest and longest attested families. This volume provides an overview of this important language family, including both ancient and modern languages. After a brief introduction to the history of the family and its internal classification, subsequent chapters cover topics in phonology, morphology, syntax, and lexicon. Each chapter describes features that are characteristic of the Semitic language family as a whole, as well as some of the more extraordinary developments that take place in the individual languages.
|978-1-61719-860-1||Linguistics, Ancient Near East, Gorgias Handbooks (1935-6838)
|A Reassessment of Asherah|
By Steve A. Wiggins
(Gorgias Ugaritic Studies 2)
Asherah is one of the most popular goddesses known from the ancient world. In this second edition of the author’s 1993 monograph on the goddess, further articles and bibliography have been added to bring this expanding field of study more up-to-date. To date, this monograph contains the only full-length treatment of the Ugaritic material on Asherah in addition to a comprehensive examination of the textual sources from the Hebrew Bible, ancient Mesopotamia, Epigraphic South Arabian and Hittite sources, as well as the intriguing Hebrew inscriptions that perhaps mention the goddess.
|978-1-59333-717-9||Religion, Ancient Near East, Hebrew & Judaica, Ugaritic, Gorgias Ugaritic Studies (1935-388X)
|A Short Introduction to the Tiberian Masoretic Bible and its Reading Tradition|
Second Edition: By Geoffrey Khan
(Gorgias Handbooks )
This book is intended to provide a quick introductory overview of the Tiberian Masoretic tradition of the Hebrew Bible and its background. It was this tradition that produced the great Masoretic codices of the Middle Ages, which form the basis of modern printed editions of the Hebrew Bible. Particular prominence is given to the multi-layered nature of the Masoretic tradition. The volume contains a section describing the Tiberian reading tradition, which is essential for a correct understanding of the vocalization system.
|978-1-4632-0246-0||Biblical Studies, Gorgias Handbooks (1935-6838), Hebrew & Judaica, Medieval Studies