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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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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.
$111.00

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.
$154.00

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.
$162.00

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.
$124.00

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.
$169.00

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.
$160.00

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.
$160.00

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.
$230.00

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.
$51.00

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.
$179.00

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.
$115.00

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.
$150.00

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.
$116.20

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.
$89.00

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.
$165.00

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.”
$76.00

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.
$145.00

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.
$127.00

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.
$184.00

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.
$142.00

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.
$77.70

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.
$184.00

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.
$95.20

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.
$84.00