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

Series: Gorgias Handbooks 3
ISBN: 1-59333-177-0
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.
$138.00

A Vulgate Old Testament Reader

Series: Gorgias Handbooks 1
ISBN: 1-59333-232-7
This introduction to Jerome's Vulgate Old Testament is useful for students with a limited background in Latin. Several familiar and interesting selections are included, such as the stories of Joseph, Moses, David and Goliath, Job, Daniel, and Jonah. The book also contains several Psalms as well as selections from wisdom and prophetic literature.
$30.60

Legends of Eastern Saints

Chiefly from Eastern Sources
ISBN: 1-59333-243-2
In this GP edition, scholars and students will find Wensinck’s collection of texts from Ethiopic, Arabic, Syriac, and Karshuni manuscripts, as well as English translations of the legends of Archelides and Hilaria, assembled in one volume.
$107.40

Remains of a Very Ancient Recension of the Four Gospels in Syriac

ISBN: 1-59333-245-9
Working from a composite manuscript obtained in 1842 from the Syrian monastery of St. Mary Deipara, Cureton reconstructed the fragmentary remnants of what he identified as a fifth-century manuscript of the four canonical Gospels.
$69.00

The Four Gospels in Syriac, Transcribed from the Sinaitic Palimpsest

Transcribed by Robert Bensly, J. Rendel Harris, and F.C. Burkitt
ISBN: 1-59333-185-1
On Mount Sinai, Agnes Smith Lewis discovered the palimpsest manuscript that would be known as the Sinai Codex. The discovery was shared with Robert L. Bensly and F. Crawford Burkitt. The three of them worked on the manuscript, this work presenting the fruit of their labors.
$90.00

Syntax of the Hebrew Language of the Old Testament

ISBN: 1-59333-137-1
This two-volume set is still a standard reference used today on the subject. It is one of the most detailed studies on OT Hebrew syntax.
$99.60

Palestinian Syriac Texts

From Palimpsest Fragments in the Taylor-Schechter Collection
ISBN: 1-59333-184-3
From the Ben Ezra Synagogue Genizah came thirty-two of the thirty-four palimpsest fragments that make up the material of this book. Originally published in 1900, Gorgias Press is pleased to present this reprint edition of Lewis and Gibson’s work.
$53.40

Ancient Syriac Documents

ISBN: 1-59333-136-3
Cureton’s book was first begun as early as 1848 on the basis of manuscripts in the collection of the British Museum. It furnished nineteenth-century students of Syriac Christianity with a wealth of new resources and continues to be just as valuable for students today.
$99.00

The Ancient Fathers on the Priesthood

On the Office and Work of the Priesthood in the Church of Christ
ISBN: 1-59333-043-X
This book draws upon the works of numerous patristic authorities as well as Bernard of Clairvaux and Peter de Blois. Male synthesized their theological reflection and endeavored to present “the unanimous sentiments of the Church Catholic on its important subject.”
$45.60

Teacher of Holiness: The Holy Spirit in Origen's Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans

ISBN: 1-59333-149-5
This book, on the pneumatology of Origen's Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans, illustrates the centrality of the Holy Spirit for his theological project. As both God's exitus into the world and humanity's reditus to God, the Spirit forms the crucial link between Origen's doctrine of God and his spiritual anthropology. Origen's images for the Holy Spirit, understood in the context of second century concepts of 'spirit,' convey the intersection of theology and anthropology in his thought. This book explores Origen's understanding of the multiplicity of spirits found in the Scriptures, with particular emphasis on the Holy Spirit as pivotal to God's outreach into the world.
$87.00

A Vulgate Old Testament Reader

Series: Gorgias Handbooks 1
ISBN: 1-59333-215-7
This introduction to Jerome's Vulgate Old Testament is useful for students with a limited background in Latin. Several familiar and interesting selections are included, such as the stories of Joseph, Moses, David and Goliath, Job, Daniel, and Jonah. The book also contains several Psalms as well as selections from wisdom and prophetic literature.
$76.20

Bible Places; or The Topography of the Holy Land

ISBN: 1-59333-142-8
This book aims to provide a brief, yet very informative description of every Holy Land site mentioned in the Bible. Relying on the extensive research of the Palestinian Exploration Fund, Tristram's work afforded a new and vividly descriptive perspective on the Holy Land.
$110.40

John Rufus and the World Vision of Anti-Chalcedonean Culture

Second Revised Edition
ISBN: 1-59333-131-2
This book deals with the works of the anti-Chalcedonian hagiographer, John Rufus, and traces the basic motives behind the opposition against the council of Chalcedon in the fifth century through an attempt to reconstruct a specific anti-Chalcedonian culture. As part of the eastern monastic culture, it considered itself a counter-culture guarding purity of ascetic conduct and orthodoxy from being defiled by the perverseness of the majority. Reading John Rufus' hagiography, we find ourselves in the midst of a cosmological warfare between good and evil, where the great heroes of the anti-Chalcedonian movement enter into history as God's warriors against the rebellion of demons and heretics.
$85.20

Recent Developments in Midrash Research

Proceedings of the 2002 and 2003 SBL Consultation on Midrash
Series: Judaism in Context 2
ISBN: 1-59333-201-7
This work consists of a selection of papers from sessions during the first two years of SBL Consultation on Midrash. It demonstrates innovative approaches to midrashic texts and hermeneutic reflections on similarities and differences between interpretations of the Bible.
$66.60

Symbols of the Cross in the Writings of the Early Syriac Fathers

ISBN: 1-59333-230-0
The book takes the reader on a journey of cross symbolism. Karim covers topics from the paradise of Eden to the Crucifixion and Golgotha. He discusses the cross as a symbol of historical, sacramental, and eschatological events.
$128.00

"Blessed is He who has brought Adam from Sheol"

Christ's Descent to the Dead in the Theology of Saint Ephrem the Syrian
ISBN: 1-59333-228-9
Buchan’s work is an examination of the theological use of the doctrine of Christ's descent to the dead in the works of Saint Ephrem the Syrian (ca. 306-373 C.E.). Ephrem's conception of Christ's descent to Sheol provides us with an important and distinctive vision of the significance of this salvific event. Ephrem's use of Semitic and non-Western poetic forms and structures as a mode of theological discourse, coupled with his preference for imagery and symbolism rather than definition, resulted in a variety of vivid depictions of Christ's descent to Sheol. The doctrine is shown to be an integral and multifaceted component of Ephrem's theology.
$110.40

Unlocking the Garden: A Feminist Jewish Look at the Bible, Midrash, and God

A Feminist Jewish Look at the Bible, Midrash, and God
ISBN: 1-59333-058-8
A stirring collection of fifteen articles, many of which have been previously published by the author who is a feminist Jew. The author unabashedly confronts difficult biblical and midrashic texts, without taking an apologetic stance.
$81.60

Symbols of Church and Kingdom

A Study in Early Syriac Tradition
ISBN: 1-59333-150-9
In this revised and updated edition of his classic work, Robert Murray offers the fullest and most vivid picture yet available of the development and character of the culture. It will be of interest to a wide range of readers.
$50.40

Antient Liturgies

ISBN: 1-59333-100-2
Antient Liturgies was a valuable resource at an early stage in comparative liturgical studies and continues to provide a broad overview of the diversity of early Christian worship in an accessible and convenient format for students and scholars.
$121.20

The Medical Language of St. Luke

ISBN: 1-59333-104-5
This is a highly fascinating and enlightening study of the medical words and phrases common to the third Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles. Hobart demonstrates, using medical sources by Galen and Hippocrates, that the writer of Luke was a physician with knowledge of Greek medical terms.
$100.80

The Syro-Latin Text of the Gospels

ISBN: 1-59333-167-3
This sequel to The Old Syriac Element in the text of the Codex Bezae (also available from Gorgias Press), shows that assimilation to Old Syriac texts was a predominant factor in the formation of the Greek and Latin Western text.
$74.40

The Old Syriac Element in the Text of Codex Bezae

ISBN: 1-59333-166-5
An investigation into the character of the text contained in Codex Bezae and Codex Laudianus. The book is an independent contribution to the textual criticism of the New Testament. It reminds scholars not to neglect the Syriac perspective on textual problems and will remain useful by the materials it compiles.
$76.80

Early Eastern Christianity

St. Margaret's Lectures
ISBN: 1-59333-101-0
Contains six lectures: early bishops of Edessa, Bible in Syriac, early Syriac theology, marriage and the sacraments, Bardaisan and his disciples, Acts of Judas Thomas, and Hymn of the Soul. They were delivered in 1904 by Burkitt, then lecturer in paleography, at the University of Cambridge.
$87.60

The Fragments of Heracleon

Series: Texts and Studies (First Series) Vol.1, No.4
ISBN: 1-59333-279-3
Only fragments survive of the writings of the Valentinian Gnostic teacher Heracleon (fl. 145-180 AD). The remnants can be found primarily in quotations in Origen's commentary on the Gospel of John. This study gives an edition of the surviving texts with extensive notes, biblical references, and indices. This volume is indispensable for the study of second century Gnosticism.
$69.00

The Apology of Aristides on behalf of the Christians

Series: Texts and Studies (First Series) Vol.1, No. 1
ISBN: 1-59333-278-5
The Apology of Aristides is the earliest Christian apologia to have survived in its entirety. It was written as a defense of the new Christian way of life against its many rivals and opponents, and details some of its leading ethical precepts. Long thought to have been lost, this early second-century work was rediscovered in a Syriac translation in a seventh-century manuscript preserved in the monastery of St. Catherine on Mount Sinai. This volume contains not only the standard edition of the Syriac text with critical notes, but also the first English translation and a study of surviving fragments in Greek, which were subsequently identified in the 'Life of Barlaam and Josaphat' (an early Christian reworking of the life of Buddha).
$74.40