|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)
|An Introduction to Syriac Studies|
By Sebastian P. Brock
(Gorgias Handbooks 4)
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.
|1-59333-349-8||Eastern Christianity, Syriac, Gift Suggestions, 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
|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
|The Bible in the Syriac Tradition (English Version)|
By Sebastian P. Brock
(Gorgias Handbooks 7)
This is a basic introduction to the various Syriac translations of the Bible and the ways in which they were used in the Syriac tradition. After an initial discussion of the general problems of biblical translation, the different surviving Syriac translations are outlined, as well as biblical manuscripts, lectionaires, printed editions, and translations. A reception history of the Syriac Bible covers the ways in which it has been interpreted, the commentary tradition, its use in preaching, in liturgy, and in spirituality. An appendix offers some comparative samples (in translation) to illustrate some of the differences between the different Syriac translations.
|1-59333-300-5||Eastern Christianity, Syriac, Biblical Studies, Gift Suggestions, Gorgias Handbooks (1935-6838)
|7.||978-1-61143-546-7||Religion, Biblical Studies, Hebrew & Judaica, Perspectives on Hebrew Scriptures and its Contexts (1935-6897), Egyptology
|A Compendious Syriac Dictionary|
By Payne Smith
A Compendious Syriac Dictionary by R. Payne Smith lists Syriac words alphabetically with their meanings in English, eliminating the need for knowledge of root words. Its comprehensiveness and handy size have long made it the choice of students.
|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