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Biblical Studies

Biblical Studies is the collection of sub-fields that investigates the text of the Hebrew Bible and the Greek New Testament. It is also includes broader academic sub-fields that incorporate relevant disciplines such as literary criticism, theology, textual criticism, history, and liturgy. The Gorgias Biblical Studies series publishes monographs on the history, theology, redaction and literary criticism of the biblical texts. Perspectives on Hebrew Scriptures and its Contexts deals with the study of the Hebrew Bible and Biblical Hebrew and cognate languages. Biblical Intersections explores various topics beyond theological or exclusively historical exegetical studies, including the relationship of Hebrew and Christian scripture to philosophy, sociology, anthropology, economics, cultural studies, intertextuality and literary studies.

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Baptism and Christian Archaeology

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 6
ISBN: 1-59333-474-5
Rogers examines what archaeology reveals for the early centuries of the church. From the period of persecution to that of the northern invasions, iconographic evidence for the performance of baptism is presented. Eastern and Western Church fonts are compared and evidence for baptism without a font is assessed. The question of immersion is considered.
$36.00

Gospel Texts and the Acts of Saint Thomas from Mount Athos

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 5
ISBN: 1-59333-473-7
A rare glimpse into the wealth of manuscripts held by the community of Mount Athos, this volume includes material from codices psi and Evang. 1071, and chapters from Acta Pilati, and a fragment of Acta Thomae. A catalogue and description of the manuscripts Lake viewed on his 1899 visit to Mount Athos and substantial introductions to each piece round out this useful study.
$32.40

Life of Saint Nino

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 3
ISBN: 1-59333-471-0
This translation makes readily available the basic hagiography of St. Nino. Apart from her personal significance, St. Nino represents the important place that women held in the introduction of Christianity to Georgia. Text critical material is offered, and chapters 8 through 11 of the Armenian version are presented.
$31.20

Simple and Bold: Ephrem’s Art of Symbolic Thought

ISBN: 1-59333-397-8
Ephrem the Syrian is known as one of the greatest Christian poets and as a unique author whose mode of thought is usually described as “symbolic.” In this work, Kees den Biesen explores the literary, intellectual, and theological mechanisms at work in Ephrem’s writings with the specific aim of identifying the exact nature of his “symbolic thought” and evaluating its contemporary relevance. Den Biesen elaborates a comprehensive approach that integrates a variety of methods into a genuinely theological methodology. He then proposes his own comprehensive understanding of the nature and merits of Ephrem’s symbolic thought.
$118.20

Perspectives on Hebrew Scriptures I

Comprising the contents of Journal of Hebrew Scriptures, volumes 1–4
ISBN: 978-1-59333-310-2
This volume incorporates all the articles and reviews published in Volumes 1-4 (1996-2003) of the Journal of Hebrew Scriptures.
$190.80

The Book of Crumbs: An Anthology of Syriac Texts

ISBN: 1-59333-415-X
An anthology of Syriac texts from the Syriac fathers. Each author is first introduced in Syriac, and then excerpts from his writings are given. The texts begin with the Abgar Legend (the Acts of Addai) and end with the writings of the sixteenth century author Abdisho of Jazirah.
$109.80

A Critical Examination of the Peshitta Version of the Book of Ezra

ISBN: 1-59333-399-4
This work fills a lacuna in the literature devoted to Peshitta studies and Old Testament textual criticism. The author examines the works of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century scholarship in the field, including the works of Nöldeke, Duval, Wright and others, and proposes corrections to the Syriac text of the Book of Ezra available then. The author then proceeds systematically through the Book of Ezra, giving the critical analysis of the text verse by verse.
$61.80

Greek Tradition and Latin Influence in the Work of George Scholarios

“Alone Against All of Europe”
ISBN: 1-59333-344-7
This title is a study of the work and career of theologian and diplomat George Scholarios who became the first Ecumenical Patriarch of the Orthodox Church during the period of Ottoman Rule. Scholarios advocated the union of the Greek and Latin Churches, but he later became the leader of the anti-Unionist faction in the final years of the Byzantine Empire. Scholarios played an important role in East-West dialogues, including the Council of Ferrara-Florence in 1438-39. This book provides a fresh look at some of the cultural misunderstandings that took place at the Council and related dialogues.
$75.00

Transmission and Reception

New Testament Text-Critical and Exegetical Studies
Series: Texts and Studies 4
ISBN: 978-1-59333-367-6
The sixteen studies in this volume explore a variety of topics pertaining to the transmission and reception of the New Testament text. Including articles by Barbara Aland, D. C. Parker, Eldon Epp, Gordon Fee, Everett Ferguson, and others, the results of these studies have important implications for the interpretation of the New Testament and for understanding the formative impact of the text on Early Christianity. Indispensable for those interested in textual criticism, this compilation will be a welcome resource for New Testament scholars, and those interested in Early Christianity.
$102.00

The Letters of John of Dalyatha

ISBN: 1-59333-341-2
John of Dalyatha (690-780 CE) was a monk from a monastery near the Turkey-Iraq border. After living in the monastery for only seven years, he received permission to live a solitary life in the over 9,000 ft high mountains of Dalyatha where he spent most of his life. When he became too old to live on his own, he came down from the mountains, formed a community around himself and wrote these works. In them, John outlines the life itinerary of those who are baptized, the "Way of Wonder" - leading to the vision of God.
$48.00

Homilies of Mar Jacob of Sarug / Homiliae Selectae Mar-Jacobi Sarugensis (1 of 6 volumes)

Edited by Paul Bedjan and Sebastian P. Brock
ISBN: 1-59333-328-5
Jacob of Sarug is one of the most celebrated poets of Eastern Christianity and the Syriac tradition. The Gorgias Press edition, edited by Sebastian P. Brock, contains over 100,000 lines of poetry based on Bedjan’s 1905 edition.
$75.00

Homilies of Mar Jacob of Sarug / Homiliae Selectae Mar-Jacobi Sarugensis (2 of 6 volumes)

Edited by Paul Bedjan and Sebastian P. Brock
ISBN: 1-59333-329-3
Jacob of Sarug is one of the most celebrated poets of Eastern Christianity and the Syriac tradition. The Gorgias Press edition, edited by Sebastian P. Brock, contains over 100,000 lines of poetry based on Bedjan’s 1905 edition.
$75.00

Homilies of Mar Jacob of Sarug / Homiliae Selectae Mar-Jacobi Sarugensis (3 of 6 volumes)

Edited by Paul Bedjan and Sebastian P. Brock
ISBN: 1-59333-330-7
Jacob of Sarug is one of the most celebrated poets of Eastern Christianity and the Syriac tradition. The Gorgias Press edition, edited by Sebastian P. Brock, contains over 100,000 lines of poetry based on Bedjan’s 1905 edition.
$75.00

Homilies of Mar Jacob of Sarug / Homiliae Selectae Mar-Jacobi Sarugensis (4 of 6 volumes)

Edited by Paul Bedjan and Sebastian P. Brock
ISBN: 1-59333-331-5
Jacob of Sarug is one of the most celebrated poets of Eastern Christianity and the Syriac tradition. The Gorgias Press edition, edited by Sebastian P. Brock, contains over 100,000 lines of poetry based on Bedjan’s 1905 edition.
$75.00

Homilies of Mar Jacob of Sarug / Homiliae Selectae Mar-Jacobi Sarugensis (5 of 6 volumes)

Edited by Paul Bedjan and Sebastian P. Brock
ISBN: 1-59333-332-3
Jacob of Sarug is one of the most celebrated poets of Eastern Christianity and the Syriac tradition. The Gorgias Press edition, edited by Sebastian P. Brock, contains over 100,000 lines of poetry based on Bedjan’s 1905 edition.
$75.00

Homilies of Mar Jacob of Sarug / Homiliae Selectae Mar-Jacobi Sarugensis (6 of 6 volumes)

Edited by Paul Bedjan and Sebastian P. Brock
ISBN: 1-59333-333-1
Jacob of Sarug is one of the most celebrated poets of Eastern Christianity and the Syriac tradition. The Gorgias Press edition, edited by Sebastian P. Brock, contains over 100,000 lines of poetry based on Bedjan’s 1905 edition.
$75.00

The Wisdom of Isaac of Nineveh: A Bilingual Edition

ISBN: 1-59333-335-8
From one of the most thought-provoking writers in the monastic tradition, this volume contains 153 short, contemplative sayings of St. Isaac of Nineveh (fl. 661-681 CE) in their original Syriac with facing English translation. St. Isaac was ordained bishop of Nineveh but resigned his post only five months later and became a monastic hermit in the mountains of southeastern Iraq. This work speaks to believing Christians today as well as scholars wishing to learn more about the Eastern monastic tradition.
$19.20

The Cosmic Covenant (Hardback)

Biblical Themes of Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation
ISBN: 978-1-59333-604-2
Murray’s study of the covenant theme begins with a chronological survey of the concept, beginning at the creation itself. He traces this theme through the Bible, noting its key components of justice and peace. The concept is a shared one between Judaism and Christianity, and Murray suggests that it continues to have ecological as well as spiritual relevance to the world today.
$90.00

Saint Ephraim's Quotations From The Gospel

Series: Texts and Studies (First Series) Vol. 7, No. 2
ISBN: 1-59333-320-X
This book attempts to determine the Gospel text used by Ephraim, and the bearing his quotations have upon the date of the Peshitta. Ephraim is one of the figures from the Syriac-speaking Church whose name is well known in both East and West. His surviving works are by themselves as voluminous as all other remains of Syriac literature earlier than 400 AD. Ephraim’s death in roughly 373 AD means that his Gospel text predates the 5th century and attests a text older than many of the extant manuscripts.
$66.60

Bishop Lists: Formation of Apostolic Succession of Bishops in Ecclesiastical Crises

ISBN: 1-59333-194-0
Early lists of bishops, identified by Walter Bauer as "literary propaganda," mark critical points in the development of the doctrine of the apostolic succession of bishops. This study delves into the political struggles surrounding the lists and the doctrine they served to define. Ecclesiastical politics in each case reflects the threat to the bishop's authority and clarifies the meaning of apostolic succession in the Church's development. This social history approach, examining the function of the literature within its historical circumstances, reveals how theology developed from politics. The development is as gripping politically as it is illuminating theologically.
$92.40

Anton Kiraz’s Archive on the Dead Sea Scrolls

ISBN: 1-931956-38-3
No scholarly discovery in modern times has been cloaked in more controversy than the Dead Sea Scrolls. This is especially true of the actual find of Cave I in 1946–1947, and the claims and counter-claims of ownership that ensued. One such claim came from Anton D. Kiraz, the contact between Mar Samuel and Prof. Sukenik. Kiraz left an extensive archive of letters, documents, and an interview with the Bedouins who discovered the scrolls, which are published here. The archive not only reveals Kiraz’s claims of ownership, but also documents the minutest details concerning the discovery itself.
$97.20

Clavis Syriaca: A Key to the Ancient Syriac Version Called “Peshitto” of the Four Holy Gospels (Study Edition)

Series: Gorgias Handbooks 3
ISBN: 1-59333-178-9
Clavis Syriaca furnishes a complete analysis of the text of the Gospels of the Peshitta New Testament and is an excellent study tool for students who wish to study it. The Clavis begins with the Gospel of St. John, as its language is the simplest, and ends with that of St. Luke. It is an indispensable tool for any student of the New Testament or the Syriac language. Words are analyzed according to text placement, translation, grammar, and Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic cognates. This is a very useful Victorian book for any student of Syriac.
$74.40

Remnants of the Later Syriac Versions of the Bible

ISBN: 1-59333-175-4
In this two-part work, originally published in 1909, John Gwynn presented a small collection of New and Old Testament Syriac biblical texts, drawn from the Philoxenian and Syro-Hexaplar versions. Both parts are composed of Syriac and Greek texts and accompanied by Gwynn’s extensive notes.
$101.40

The Apocalypse of St. John

In a Syriac Version Hitherto Unknown
ISBN: 1-59333-174-6
Published in 1897, John Gwynn’s, The Apocalypse of St. John in a Syriac Version Hitherto Unknown, was the first Syriac book issued from the Dublin University Press. It is based on his study of a manuscript obtained on loan from the personal library of the Earl of Crawford.
$96.00

The Old Syriac Gospels of Evangelion Da-Mepharreshe

Being the text of the Sinai or Syro-Antiochene Palimpsest; including the latest additions and emendations, with variants of the Curetonian text, corroborations from many other mss, and a list of quotations from ancient authors
ISBN: 1-59333-134-7
This work was meant to supply a new edition of the Sinai Palimpsest text of the Old Syriac Gospels. Lewis's edition of the Syriac text, accompanied by an Introduction and extensive scholarly apparatus, is again made widely available in this Gorgias Press reprint.
$96.00