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||978-1-4632-0188-3||Bardaisan of Edessa|
Introduction by Jan Willem Drijvers; By H.J.W. Drijvers
(Gorgias Eastern Christian Studies 36)
In this volume, a reprint of his 1966 monograph, H. J. W. Drijvers investigates the life and teachings of Bardaisan of Edessa, determining his place in the religious and cultural life of Edessa in the second half of the second century of the common era. More...
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||978-1-4632-0247-7||Syriac Christianity in the Middle East and India|
Edited by Dietmar W. Winkler
(Pro Oriente Studies in the Syriac Tradition 2)
This volume acknowledges the contributions of Syriac Christians in the fields of culture, education and civil society throughout the history in the Middle East and India, and examines the challenges of living and professing the Christian faith as a minority in a multi-religious and pluralistic society, giving special attention to religious freedom and personal status. More...
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By Juan Pedro Monferrer-Sala
(Gorgias Eastern Christian Studies 1)
This volume contains papers from the First International Congress on Eastern Christianity held in Córdoba, Spain, November 2005. The encounter of medieval Christian writers with several linguistic traditions through the Middle Ages produced one of the most important branches of Middle Eastern literature. This encounter not only changed the nature of the respective writings throughout time, but also influenced considerably the development of the legacies transmitted by the writers and the scholars of various Eastern Christian churches. More...
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||978-1-59333-422-2||Scribal Habits of Codex Sinaiticus|
By Dirk Jongkind
(Texts and Studies 5)
Codex Sinaiticus is one of the oldest, famous, and most important manuscripts of the Bible. At least three scribes copied the text manually, and they were faced with many decisions: What do I do when I spot an error in the text I just copied? What is the right spelling of this word? Is it time for a new paragraph? This book studies a variety of textual and non-textual phenomena in Codex Sinaiticus. We discover more about this important biblical manuscript as well as the individuals with their own habits, qualities, and skill levels who produced it. More...
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||978-1-61143-891-8||Language and Textual History of the Syriac Bible|
By Jan Joosten
(Texts and Studies 9)
The Syriac Bible is a fascinating field to which too little research has been devoted. In the present volume, Jan Joosten gathers a number of pilot studies, published in various journals and collective volumes, shedding light on the Syriac Old Testament, New Testament, and the relation between them. A number of studies advance the claim that the Old Syriac and Peshitta gospels preserve echoes of an Aramaic gospel tradition that gives independent access to the earliest, oral traditions on the life and teaching of Jesus. More...
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By Rubens Duval
(Gorgias Eastern Christian Studies 35)
Despite having been written over a century ago, the 3rd edition of Rubens Duval's History of Syriac Literature remains one of the best - and most readable - introductions to Syriac literature. This edition provides the first English translation of the work, translated by Olivier Holmey. More...
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||978-1-59333-148-1||Barhebraeus: A Bio-Bibliography|
By Hidemi Takahashi
(Gorgias Eastern Christian Studies 9)
An extensive account of the life and works of Barhebraeus based on the latest research. It includes an appendix containing a comprehensive list of bibliographical references and manuscripts relating to Barhebraeus. More...
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||978-1-61143-970-0||Terms for Eternity: Aiônios and Aïdios in Classical and Christian Texts|
By Ilaria L. E. Ramelli & David Konstan
(Perspectives on Philosophy and Religious Thought 9)
What is truly timeless? This book explores two ancient Greek terms for eternity, aiônios and aïdios. It traces these terms from their earliest occurrence in Pre-Socratic philosophy and Plato and through their interaction with Jewish thought and down into the patristic fathers, where they play a crucial role in debates over eternal punishment vs. universal salvation. More...
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||978-1-61143-969-4||Kassia the Nun in Context|
By Kurt Sherry
(Gorgias Eastern Christian Studies 14)
Kassia the Nun offers a unique glimpse into ninth-century Byzantium in the only woman whose works were included in the corpus of liturgical hymns. This volume explores Kassia’s thought on Christology, on gender, and on monasticism itself. It provides readers with an opportunity to know this woman of remarkable intellect, wit, and piety by drawing primarily on her own words. Kassia’s is one of the only female voices from ninth-century Byzantium and this volume accordingly examines her reflections on gender in the context of her society and concludes that she represents a perspective that might be described as feminist. More...
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||978-1-59333-844-2||The Holy Spirit in the Syrian Baptismal Tradition|
By Sebastian P. Brock
(Gorgias Eastern Christian Studies 12)
A sensitive and evocative treatment of the role of the Holy Spirit in worship. With a keen awareness of the tradition of Syrian Christianity, Brock begins his exploration with the role of the Holy Spirit in the Syriac Bible. A striking aspect of this tradition is the imagery used for the Spirit, including: compassionate mother, fire, olive oil, as well as the more common image of dove. Brock also summarizes commentaries and other literature on the baptismal rite, touching on Syriac literature and works translated from the Greek. More...
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||978-1-60724-086-0||Jacob of Sarug’s Homily on the Partaking of the Holy Mysteries|
Fascicle 17: Translation and Introduction by Amir Harrak
(Texts from Christian Late Antiquity 19)
This edition of Mar Jacob of Sarug's (d. 521) homily on Partaking in the Holy Mysteries is one of Jacob’s memre on the sacraments. In this homily, Jacob is shocked that some of his congregants are leaving the service early, before the eucharist has been celebrated. He emphasizes the importance of the liturgical celebrations for a Christian life in a message still applicable today. The volume constitutes a fascicle of The Metrical Homilies of Mar Jacob of Sarug, which, when complete, will contain the original Syriac text of Jacob's surviving sermons, fully vocalized, alongside an annotated English translation. More...
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||978-1-60724-044-0||John the Solitary on the Soul|
Translation and Introduction by Mary T. Hansbury
(Texts from Christian Late Antiquity 32)
In this treatise, John the Solitary (ca. 390) enters into a dialogue with two disciples who have come past the beginning stage of the spiritual life and have brought him their struggle against the passions in the life of the inner person (barnâšâ gawwâyâ). John’s description of the life of the soul is outlined here in a framework of the stages of the spiritual life. Included is his analysis of the passions, showing very little if any Evagrian influence. The Dialogue on the Soul is a difficult text. It is hoped that this Syriac-English presentation will enable others to take the discussion forward. John’s genial thought merits this. More...
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||978-1-4632-0217-0||The Story of Mar Pinhas|
Edited and Translated by Adam Carter McCollum
(Persian Martyr Acts in Syriac: Text and Translation 2)
This volume contains the Syriac Life of Mar Pinhas, a purported martyr under the Sasanian Empire. This edition contains the Syriac text (first published in 1894 by Paul Bedjan), an English translation, explanatory annotations, and Addai Scher's Arabic version of the story. More...
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||978-1-61719-834-2||Jacob of Sarug’s Homily on the Sinful Woman|
Fascicle 31: Translation and Introduction by Scott Fitzgerald Johnson
(Texts from Christian Late Antiquity 33)
This edition of Mar Jacob of Sarug's (d. 521) homily on the sinful woman who anoints Jesus at the banquet – widely identified in the west as Mary Magdalene – focuses on the theme of weeping which Jacob describes as the dominant characteristic of repentence. For him, the sinful woman is the example of true Christian contrition. The volume constitutes a fascicle of The Metrical Homilies of Mar Jacob of Sarug, which, when complete, will contain the original Syriac text of Jacob's surviving sermons, fully vocalized, alongside an annotated English translation. More...
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||978-1-4632-0213-2||The Account of the Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Yu?anun Bar Šay Allah (1483–1492)|
By Iskandar Bcheiry
(Gorgias Eastern Christian Studies 34)
This volume provides an analysis of a late fifteenth century document, a hitherto unpublished narration of the life and accomplishments of Yu?anun Bar Šay Allah, a fifteenth-century Syriac Orthodox Patriarch. It includes considerable unique historical information, shedding light on the history of the Syriac community in relation to other communities. It also supplies descriptions of events that brought important changes to the Syriac Church in Mesopotamia, Syria and Egypt. More...
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||978-1-4632-0189-0||The Martyrdom of St Phokas of Sinope|
Introduction & translation and edition by Sebastian P. Brock
(Texts from Christian Late Antiquity 31)
The fame of the martyr St. Phokas, first bishop of Sinope (on the Black Sea) and patron of seafarers, had spread to many parts of the Christian world by the fifth and sixth centuries. Although the Acts of his martyrdom under Trajan were composed in Greek, the earliest witness to them is the Syriac translation which is edited and translated here from two early manuscripts. More...
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||978-1-4632-0255-2||The Filioque Impasse |
By Michelle Coetzee
(Perspectives on Philosophy and Religious Thought 6)
A fascinating study of the underlying reasons for the disagreement over the clause “and the Son” in the Western version of the Niceno-Constantinopolitan creed, which contributed to the schism between Eastern and Western Christians. Coetzee argues that there has been a great deal of misunderstanding of the positions of each tradition by the other, partly due to the fact that East and West imbue certain key words, such as ‘person’ and ‘unity’, with different meanings which Coetzee believes come from different understandings of Hellenic philosophy. Against this backdrop, Coetzee sets about clearing up some of the misunderstandings. More...
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||978-1-4632-0159-3||Ephrem the Syrian's Hymns on the Unleavened Bread|
Translation and Introduction by J. Edward Walters
(Texts from Christian Late Antiquity 30)
In this set of homilies Ephrem (306-373) invites the reader into a world of symbolic interpretation filled with imagination brimming beneath the surface of word-plays, alliteration, and typological comparisons. These hymns thrust the reader into the middle of a context in which Christians and Jews maintain competing practices of a Passover service to the extent that Ephrem feels the need to distinguish between the symbol and the reality. These homilies are presented in their Syriac original alongside an annotated English translation.
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||978-1-4632-0163-0||A 16th Century Italo-Byzantine Cross|
Edited by Sheila Campbell
(Gorgias Eastern Christian Studies 32)
The contributors have tried to reconstruct the mingling of two cultures, Greek and Italian, in sixteenth century Venice. This is examined through the medium of a single intricately carved wooden cross, executed by a Greek carver, with adaptations suitable to a member of the Latin church. We can identify the carver who made the cross and make some speculations about his life, and how he and his art are reflective of this hybrid culture. This type of cross seems to be for personal, rather than liturgical use, and it seems to be intended for private meditation on the Passion. More...
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||978-1-4632-0171-5||Cyriacus of Tagrit and his Book on Divine Providence|
Volume 1–Volume 2: By Mikael Oez
(Gorgias Eastern Christian Studies 33)
Cyriacus of Tagrit was patriarch of the Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch between 793 and 817 under the Abbasid Caliphate, a turbulent and divided period in the history of his church in the Middle East. This work, for the first time, collects together and provides a critical edition and annotated English translation of all of his extant and accessible writings. The book focuses on his major composition, The Book on Divine Providence. More...
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||978-1-61143-971-7||Vie de S. Macaire l’Egyptien|
By Satoshi Toda
(Gorgias Eastern Christian Studies 31)
Saint Macarius the Egyptian’s (c. 300–390) virtue and spiritual exploits gave rise to various tales and sayings. These were recounted, some hundred years later, in hagiographical form, and were then disseminated in various languages of the Christian Orient, including Coptic, Syriac, Arabic, Ethiopic, Greek, and Georgian. This book presents a rare study of a text, taking into account its transmission in multiple languages, accompanied by newly re-edited Coptic and Syriac versions of the Life. This book also provides a commentary on the life of the “historical Macarius”, as well as the Life seen as a literary, hagiographical, work. More...
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||978-1-59333-980-7||The Syriac Book of Steps 2|
Fascicle 2: Translation and Introduction by Robert A. Kitchen & Martien F. G. Parmentier
(Texts from Christian Late Antiquity 12b)
The Syriac Book of Steps collects 30 memre by an anonymous late 4th century author in Persia. It describes the struggle of an actual Christian community, not an idealized one, to live a life in the pursuit of perfection in the midst of a hostile culture. The author details the aspirations and standards of the two ranks of Christians prior to the advent of monasticism: the Upright—married people who work and perform acts of charity—and the Perfect who are celibate, do not work, but live a life of prayer, wandering through the region teaching and mediating conflicts. More...
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||978-1-4632-0156-2||Jewish-Christian Conversation in Fourth-Century Persian Mesopotamia|
By Naomi Koltun-Fromm
(Judaism in Context 12)
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. More...
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||978-1-4632-0050-3||The Two Syriac Versions of the Prayer of Manasseh|
By Ariel Gutman & Wido van Peursen
(Gorgias Eastern Christian Studies 30)
The authors present a detailed philological and linguistic comparison of two versions of The Prayer of Manasseh. Combing state-of-the-art computational tools together with traditional philology, the texts are compared at all linguistic levels, from their vocabulary up to their discursive structure, with a special emphasis on their morphology and syntax. The results are revealing not only for the question of the relationship between the two versions, but they also illuminate various debates pertaining to Syriac syntax. More...
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||978-1-59333-839-8||Mary and Joseph, and Other Dialogue Poems on Mary|
By Sebastian P. Brock
(Texts from Christian Late Antiquity 8)
What was Joseph’s reaction when he arrived home to find Mary pregnant? How did Mary manage to persuade him that her child was none other than the Son of God? The Syriac literary tradition had a unique way of answering these sorts of questions raised by the Bible. Dialogue poems (sughyotho) offer lively, thought-provoking, and often delightful re-imaginings of Biblical events. They expand the Biblical stories, giving the familiar characters more dialogue and describing their inner thoughts. The collection provides five dialogue poems featuring Mary, in Syriac original with facing English translation. More...
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||978-1-59333-971-5||The Correspondence of Severus and Sergius|
Translation and Introduction by Iain Torrance
(Texts from Christian Late Antiquity 11)
Severus of Antioch was the Patriarch of Antioch and a moderate Miaphysite. Sergius the Grammarian is a lesser-known figure, but the content of his letters demonstrates that he was a more extreme Miaphysite. The early 6th century correspondence between the two consists of a set of three letters apiece and an apology by Sergius. Made available in Syriac along with Torrance’s translation, these letters are an important part of the working out of concerns associated with the Council of Chalecedon. More...
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||978-1-61719-941-7||Christian and Muslim Dialogues|
By David Bertaina
(Gorgias Eastern Christian Studies 29)
Linked by a common geography and claim to the true religion, Christians and Muslims had a long history of interreligious discourse up to the Crusades. These faith communities composed texts in the form of dialogues in light of their encounters with one another. This book surveys the development of the genre and how dialogues determined the patterns of conversation. Each chapter highlights a thematic feature of the literary form, demonstrating that Christian and Muslim authors did not part ways in the first century of Islamic rule, but rather continued a dialogue commending God’s faithful believers. More...
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||978-1-61143-920-5||Christian and Muslim Dialogues|
By David Bertaina
(Gorgias Eastern Christian Studies 29)
Linked by a common geography and claim to the true religion, Christians and Muslims had a long history of interreligious discourse up to the Crusades. These faith communities composed texts in the form of dialogues in light of their encounters with one another. This book surveys the development of the genre and how dialogues determined he patterns of conversation. Each chapter highlights a thematic feature of the literary form, demonstrating that Christian and Muslim authors did not part ways in the first century of Islamic rule, but rather continued a dialogue commending God’s faithful believers. More...
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||978-1-61719-660-7||Jacob of Sarug’s Homily on Zacchaeus the Tax Collector|
Fascicle 30: Translated by Dana Miller; Edited with Notes and Introduction by Mary T. Hansbury
(Texts from Christian Late Antiquity 6)
This edition of Mar Jacob of Sarug's (d. 521) homily on Zacchaeus the tax-collector makes the point that Christ’s path goes by those most in need of repentance. Zacchaeus recognizes his shortcomings and is healed by Christ, who then makes Zacchaeus a mirror or sign for all humanity to see. The volume constitutes a fascicle of The Metrical Homilies of Mar Jacob of Sarug, which, when complete, will contain the original Syriac text of Jacob's surviving sermons, fully vocalized, alongside an annotated English translation.
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||978-1-60724-880-4||Salvation in Christ According to Jacob of Serugh|
By Thomas Kollamparampil
(Gorgias Studies in Early Christianity and Patristics 49)
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. More...
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||978-1-60724-994-8||Collection of Historical Documents in Relation with the Syriac Orthodox Community in the Late Period of the Ottoman Empire|
By Iskandar Bcheiry
(Gorgias Eastern Christian Studies 24)
In the Ottoman Empire, Syriac communities kept their own baptismal books, marriage, funeral and other records and many of these can be found in various libraries, churches, monasteries in the West and East. The Syriac Garšuni manuscript found in the Church of the Forty Martyrs in Mardin contains several lists of different subjects that go back to the late period of the Ottoman Empire. These lists, published here for the first time with annotations, are an important historical source for the social, economic, cultural and religious history of the Near East during the 19th century. More...
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||978-1-60724-302-1||Jacob of Sarug’s Homilies on Elisha|
Fascicles 23-28: Translation and Introduction by Stephen A. Kaufman
(Texts from Christian Late Antiquity 28)
This edition of Mar Jacob of Sarug's (d. 521) homilies on the prophet Elisha deals with some of the more difficult stories in the Old Testament, how to understand the story of the bears who ravage the children who made fun of the prophet and why the sacrifice by the King of Moab of his son to his pagan god was seemingly successful. The volume constitutes a fascicle of The Metrical Homilies of Mar Jacob of Sarug, which, when complete, will contain the original Syriac text of Jacob's surviving sermons, fully vocalized, alongside an annotated English translation. More...
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