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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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The Hidden Pearl

Vol. 1: The Ancient Aramaic Heritage
ISBN: 1-931956-99-5-1
Aramaic, the language of Jesus of Nazareth, was the lingua franca of the Middle East for over a thousand years before Arabic became widespread. During the time of the Achaemenid Persian Empire it became the official language of the state, and was in use from Afghanistan to western Iran to the Mediterranean and down to the south of Egypt. This volume tells the story of the transition of Aramaic from its humble beginnings in the first millennium B.C. to its height as a truly international language. Includes both color and black and white illustrations.
$50.00

The Hidden Pearl

Vol. 3: At the Turn of the Third Millennium; The Syrian Orthodox Witness
ISBN: 1-931956-99-5-3
Despite tremendous challenges, Syriac culture and language has survived to the present day. However, massacres and forced migrations have forced Syriac communities to seek homes outside the Middle East, including Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, America, and Australia. This volume looks at the changing face of Syriac culture in the new millennium and in particular the measures that are being taken to successfully adapt to its new environments. Includes color photographs.
$50.00

Maccabees 2 According to the Syriac Peshitta Version with English Translation

English Translation by Philip Forness; Text Prepared by George Anton Kiraz & Joseph Bali
Series: Surath Kthob
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0587-4
This volume is part of a series of English translations of the Syriac Peshitta along with the Syriac text carried out by an international team of scholars.
$150.00

Arguing with Job

Consolation and Quarrel in the Joban Dialogue
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0661-1
Arguing with Job examines the contexts and cultures of argumentation in the dialogue between Job and his friends (chaps. 4-27), especially in light of ancient Near Eastern dialogues. Alderman argues that the role of Job’s friends is not adversarial but consolatory. Job, however, refuses their counsel and shifts the framework for their exchanges to a “quarrel,” a framework for dialogue, which for Job, opens up a space for speaking about pain, suffering, and traumatic experience.
$66.50

Genesis According to the Syriac Peshitta Version with English Translation

Series: Surath Kthob
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0741-0
This volume is part of a series of English translations of the Syriac Peshitta along with the Syriac text carried out by an international team of scholars.
$150.00

The Unremembered Dead

The Non-Burial Motif in the Hebrew Bible
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0696-3
The Unremembered Dead examines the motif of non-burial in the Hebrew Bible in its ancient Near Eastern contexts. Mansen proposes a new typology for analyzing these references, and demonstrates the range of functions that the non-burial motif served as a literary weapon in both biblical and extra-biblical texts.
$84.00

Innovation in Post-Biblical Hebrew Poetry

A Stylistic Analysis of the Hymns of Qumran
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0705-2
Innovation in Post-Biblical Hebrew Poetry analyzes the style of the hymnic poetry of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Building upon the structuralist foundations of poetic analysis derived by Roman Jakobson, and the system of rhetorical tropes designed by Belgian scholars known as “Group μ,” Jobe examines hymnic poetry from the Rules of the Community, the Thanksgiving Hymns, and the Songs of the Sabbat Sacrifice. Special attention is paid to features of parallelism and to how it varies from biblical models.
$95.00

A New Reconstruction of the Text of 2 Corinthians in Pelagius' Commentary on the Pauline Epistles

Series: Texts and Studies 17
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0706-9
This book offers a new reconstruction of Pelagius's biblical text of 2 Corinthians. It shows how Pelagius's commentary assists us in choosing between variant readings and assessing manuscript reliability. From this new reconstruction, it is now apparent that Pelagius had access to the Vulgate already in the early 4th century.
$133.00

Liturgy and the Living Text of the New Testament

Papers from the Tenth Birmingham Colloquium on the Textual Criticism of the New Testament
Edited by H. A. G. Houghton
Series: Texts and Studies 16
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0748-9
The textual history of the New Testament is a dynamic tradition, reflecting differing readings, interpretations and uses of its canonical writings. These contributions represent original research by an international range of scholars, first presented at the Tenth Birmingham Colloquium on the Textual Criticism of the New Testament.
$95.00