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e-Gorgias (Issue 12, November 2006)

 

Issue 12
November 2006
Reading Time: 12 minutes
 

This month five years ago we announced Gorgias Press to the public with 12 books. Then we were operating from George's study and the guest bedroom of our house. Today, we have 650 volumes in our catalog and we are preparing to move to a 3,000 sq ft office. This we have accomplished with your patronage and support. Thank you!

Our success is of course is a cause of celebration, and we are making it so by extending a special 5-year anniversary sale. Not only are all items at a 20% discount, but all customers who order between now and Dec 31, 2006 will be automatically entered a raffle to win a Gorgias Antique Solid Wood Bookshelf (a $260 value), great for displaying your books and collectibles. You can see the image on our home page at www.gorgiaspress.com.

This twelfth issue of e-Gorgias is bursting with exciting news… In brief:

  • Visit us this week at the AAR/SBL and ASOR conferences in Washington D.C. Our AAR/SBL booth number is 1017. We will be giving a 30% off and on top of that a 4-books-for-the-price-of-3 discount.
  • Gorgias author David Gaunt is touring America to talk about his book Massacres, Resistance, Protectors: Muslim-Christian Relations in Eastern Anatolia during World War I: Dec 7th in Boston, Dec. 9th in Paramus NJ, Dec 10th in Chicago, and Dec 12th, in Washington, D.C. We will post more details on our home page in the next couple of weeks.
  • A reminder to students that the deadline to apply for the Gorgias Book Grant is January 31, 2007 (including all material from your university). For more details, see the Book Grant Page.
  • Last month we produced so many books that we cannot list all of them here. See the details under Recently Released.
  • There is a new page in town! BiblioPicks, a page on our web site with recommendations personalized for you. More about it below.
  • This month’s Gorgias Enthusiast is Wilfred Bet-Alkhas. Read what he has to say about Gorgias.

     


 

  • Recent Releases... We have so many of them this month that we only gave a partial list. Stay assured, we give a link for all other new releases.
  • Books Coming Soon
  • Special Five-Year Anniversary and Holiday sale
  • What's new on www.gorgiaspress.com? BiblioPicks. Read all about the list of books we recommend for you personally.
  • Enthusiast of the Month
  • Conferences

 


 





In preparation for the upcoming AAR/SBL conference, the Gorgias staff have really gone mad in production: they brought to print 37 titles since last month's e-Gorgias newsletter. The following list is only a selection. For a complete list visit http://www.gorgiaspress.com/bookshop/recentadditions.aspx. In particular, you can visit the pages of the following two new series:

  • Analecta Gorgiana, a collection of long essays and short monographs which are consistently cited by modern scholars but previously difficult to find because of their original appearance in obscure publications. Carefully selected by a team of scholars based on their relevance to modern scholarship, these essays can now be fully utilized by scholars and proudly owned by libraries.
  • Gorgias Theological Library, which brings back to active circulation carefully selected rare classics which are essentials for the shelves of every theological library. The selections include tools for the scholars, but also general theological works of interest to the general reader.

And now here are some of the new releases of this month...

 

The Asmar Syriac Peshitta Gospel Illuminated Lectionary
By Asmar Khoury

ISBN 90-5047-018-1, Hardback, $1195

The Asmar Illuminated Lectionary is indeed a masterpiece of art. Malphono Asmar Koury was one of the most prominent Syriac scribes and artists of the twentieth century. He produced this magnum opus using the most traditional calligraphic techniques which passed from scribe to scribe for generations. The volume, printed on heavy high-quality art paper and adorned with traditional Syriac art, contains the entire Peshitta Syriac lectionary.



Simple and Bold: Ephrem’s Art of Symbolic Thought
By Kees den Biesen

ISBN 1-59333-397-8, Hardback, $78

This study explores the literary, intellectual, and theological mechanisms at work in the writings of Ephrem the Syrian, with the specific aim of identifying the exact nature of Ephrem’s “symbolic thought” and evaluating its overall contemporary relevance.



Perspectives on Hebrew Scriptures
By Ehud Ben Zvi

ISBN 1-59333-310-2, Hardback, $145

This volume incorporates all the articles and reviews published from 1996 to 2003 in the highly respected electronic “Journal of Hebrew Scriptures.” Boasting a list of recognized names in the field of Hebrew Bible studies, this publication includes dozens of articles and over one hundred book reviews.



Collected Papers in Greek and Georgian Textual Criticism
By Neville Birdsall

ISBN 1-59333-098-7, Hardback, $85

This volume collects together for the first time the most influential papers of the late leading New Testament textual critic, J. Neville Birdsall.



Thomas Allom's Constantinople and the Scenery of the Seven Churches of Asia Minor
By Mark Wilson

ISBN 1-59333-139-8, Hardback, $129

Allom traveled through Constantinople, Bursa, and the Aegean region making drawings. Allom’s scenic portraiture, paired with descriptive commentary by Robert Walsh, is a cultural, historical, and artistic treasure of great interest to contemporary travelers and readers.



The Books of the Bible and the Writings of Cyprian in the Phillipps Collection at Cheltenham
By W. Sanday

ISBN 1-59333-494-X, Paperback, $34

The remarkable discovery of a fourth-century list of the books of the Old and New Testaments and the writings of Cyprian is related in this essay. The canon and order of the biblical books are discussed and the stichometry of the lists is also explored.



The Wives of Prophet Muhammad
By Bint Al-Shati

ISBN 1-59333-398-6, Hardback, $48

This is an account of the family life of Prophet Muhammad, concerning the noble ladies who lived in his house. The author tries to visualize the life of each of the women, their relationships with the Prophet, and their roles as wives and women. The work is based on the most authentic Islamic sources such as Tabari, Waqidi, Ibn Ishaq, and Ibn Hisham. The author concentrates on the life of Muhammad among his wives, and on his treatment and discipline of them. This text gives an insight into the life of women in the beginning of the Islamic Era.



The Acts of Pilate
By F. C. Conybeare

ISBN 1-59333-489-3, Paperback, $29

The Acts of Pilate is an apocryphal document of uncertain date. Conybeare offers an introduction to and a critical edition of this text based on a Greek recension compared with two Armenian versions.



Ancient Liturgies of the East
By Hammond and Brightman

ISBN 1-59333-501-6, Hardback, $128

Bringing together into one volume the classic liturgical studies of Hammond and Brightman, this edition provides a valuable source of comparison on the liturgies of the church. Included in this edition are the complete text of Hammond’s “Antient Liturgies” and Brightman’s “Eastern Liturgies” from his two volume set “Liturgies Eastern and Western.”



Acts of Saint George
By E W Brooks

ISBN 1-59333-485-0, Paperback, $24

The classic hagiography of Saint George is presented here by E. W. Brooks. He gives a critical edition of the Syriac accompanied by an annoted English translation of the Acts. The “Acts of Saint George” stands in the tradition of early Christian devotional and historical records, and is a standard source for information about this formative saint.



Le Testament de Saint Éphrem
By M. Rubens Duval

ISBN 1-59333-486-9, Paperback, $29

A critical edition of the Syriac Testament of St. Ephrem, along with a French translation and notes, secure Duval’s study a place in the literature concerning this document. This historic study provides a translation in accessible French along with the necessary critical apparatus for scholars.



Lectures on the Apostles' Creed
By Brooke Foss Westcott

ISBN 1-59333-464-8, Hardback, $56

Brooke Foss Westcott, noted scholar on the canon of the New Testament, presented this series of devotional instructions as a result of a lecture series he delivered in 1880. Westcott applies his considerable knowledge to the eleven articles of the Apostles’ Creed as well as several broader subjects such as the ideas of religion, faith, divine fatherhood, the blood of Christ, and the communion of saints.



Travels and Discoveries in Palestine and Jordan
By H B Tristram

ISBN 1-59333-479-6, Hardback, $120

This two volume set gives a detailed and colorful account of Tristram's expeditions to examine the state of the Holy Land (Palestine and Jordan) during the second half of the nineteenth century. The first volume describes the historical land of Moab (Jordan), while the second volume covers the historical land of Israel (Palestine).



The Gospel Manuscripts of the General Theological Seminary
By Charles C. Edmunds and William H. P. Hatch

ISBN 1-59333-463-X, Hardback, $58

Three miniscule gospel codices held by the General Theological Seminary in New York are published in partial facsimile form, along with thorough collations and descriptions. Codices Gregory 669, 2324, and 2346 are included.



Offices from the Service-Books of the Holy Eastern Church
By Richard Frederick Littledale

ISBN 1-59333-476-1, Hardback, $58

This important volume remains a valuable aid to scholars seeking a basic knowledge of Eastern Orthodox rites. A selection of offices, especially those under theological controversy in their time, is presented in the original Greek with an English translation.



The Epistle of Eusebius to Carpianus
By G. H. Gwilliam

ISBN 1-59333-499-0, Paperback, $29

Gwilliam presents a critical edition of the letter of Eusebius to Carpianus, as well as a Latin translation. Essays concerning this important epistle addressing the harmonization of the Gospels provides a valuable early insight into the Synoptic Problem.



Codex Amiatinus of the Latin Vulgate Bible and Its Birthplace
By H. J. White

ISBN 1-59333-498-2, Paperback, $29

White takes the reader through a historical puzzle revolving around the date of the Vulgate manuscript Codex Amiatinus. He demonstrates that the manuscript falls in the eighth century and traces its origins to Italy.



A Greek Fragment of Tatian's Diatessaron from Dura
By Carl H. Kraeling

ISBN 1-59333-368-4, Paperback, $24

Discovered in 1933, a fragment of Tatian’s Diatessaron is here published with critical apparatus, a facsimile, and a transcription. The fragment, a discarded portion of a scroll with 14 surviving lines of text, was likely used in the worship of a third century C.E. chapel excavated at Dura Europos.



Introduction to the Grammar of Hebrew Poetry in Byzantine Palestine
By Michael Rand

ISBN 1-59333-348-X, Hardback, $95

This book investigates the interaction between grammatical norms and poetic technique on the basis of a corpus selected from the oeuvre of the payyetan Eleazar be-rabbi Qillir. As a basis for this investigation, a descriptive/comparative analysis of the Qillirian dialect is offered.






 





The Gaunt and two Brock books are finally on a ship and on their way here!

Massacres, Resistance, Protectors: Muslim-Christian Relations in Eastern Anatolia during World War I By David Gaunt
This pioneering historical investigation of the genocide of the Assyrian, Chaldean, and Syrian Christians of Upper Mesopotamia during World War I uses primary sources of Turkish, Russian, German, French, and Arabic origin, and oral histories by survivors and their descendants.
ISBN 1-59333-301-3, Paperback, $48

An Introduction to Syriac Studies By Sebastian Brock
Primarily intended as a handbook for the student embarking on the field of Syriac studies, this Introduction should also prove a very useful resource for scholars working in adjacent fields who need to make use of Syriac materials.
ISBN 1-59333-349-8, Paperback, $29

The Bible in the Syriac Tradition (English Version) By Sebastian Brock
This is an introduction to the Syriac versions of the Bible, with chapters on the manuscript tradition, the main editions, commentaries, and various aspects of the ways the Bible was interpreted and used in the Syriac literary and liturgical tradition.
ISBN 1-59333-300-5, Paperback, $29

The Other Mathematics: Language and Logic in Egyptian and in General By Leo Depuydt
Since Boole, symbolic logic has supplanted Aristotelian logic. Claude Shannon first applied Boolean algebra to electronic circuits. In this investigation, several facets of ancient Egyptian and its parallels in other languages are reinterpreted from the point of view of modern logic.
ISBN 1-59333-369-2, Hardback, $88

The History, Poetry and Genealogy of the Yemen By Elise Crosby
The History, Poetry, and Genealogy of the Yemen, attributed to the South Arabian historian ?Abid b. Sharya al Jurhumi, is the earliest known Arabic history of pre-Islamic Yemen. This annotated translation and synopsis will be of interest to scholars of South Arabia.
ISBN 1-59333-394-3, Hardback, $78

Aramaic (Syriac) Grammar By Thomas Arayathinal
Arayathinal’s grammar is among the most comprehensive Syriac grammars ever produced. Designed as a teaching text, this volume is also a solid reference grammar for use by advanced scholars and beginners alike.
ISBN 1-59333-512-1, Hardback, $198

The Religion of Russia By George B. H. Bishop
G. B. H. Bishop was an Anglican priest who died an untimely death in the First World War. His legacy to the ecumenical movement was this book, a study of the Russian Orthodox Church, an early attempt to make this body accessible to the western world. He includes a history, summary of faith, practice, and hierarchy of the Church as well as his own observations.
ISBN 1-59333-566-0, Hardback, $72

S. Ephraemi Syri, Rabulae Episcopi Edesseni, Balaei, Aliorumque Opera Selecta By J. Josephus Overbeck
A useful source for Syrian documents generally hard to find, this compendium of the writings of St. Ephraem the Syrian, Rabbula, Bishop of Edessa, and Balai, the hymnographer, is a necessary addition to any Syriac scholar’s library. Presented in Syriac, they are available now as a handy resource.
ISBN 1-59333-517-2, Hardback, $98

 


 





In Celebration of our Fifth-Year Anniversary and the upcoming holidays, we are running a unique special sale.

Gorgias books make great gifts. Below is a list of suggested gift items. Some are limited editions and are a bit on the pricy side, but we also have gift suggestions at all pricing levels.

Not only will you get 20% discount on all books, but all customers who order between now and Dec 31, 2006 will enter a raffle to win the Gorgias Antique Solid Wood Bookshelf (a $260 value), great for displaying your books and collectibles. The 20% sale applies to all books, even our most coveted reference works and recent released titles. Simply, enter coupon code 2006-5YEARSale during the checkout process.

Only online orders, paid by credit card are eligible. Sale ends December 31, 2006. All sales are final (no returns).

 

The Asmar Syriac Peshitta Gospel Illuminated Lectionary
By Asmar Khoury

ISBN 90-5047-018-1, Hardback, $1195

The Asmar Illuminated Lectionary is indeed a masterpiece of art. Malphono Asmar Koury was one of the most prominent Syriac scribes and artists of the twentieth century. He produced this magnum opus using the most traditional calligraphic techniques which passed from scribe to scribe for generations. The volume, printed on heavy high-quality art paper and adorned with traditional Syriac art, contains the entire Peshitta Syriac lectionary.



The Earliest Life of Christ Ever Compiled from the Four Gospels
By J Hamlyn Hill

ISBN 1-59333-477-X, Hardback, $54

In the second century, well before the "canonical" gospels took their present form, Tatian wove from the four gospels and one or more Judaic-Christian gospels, one harmonized account of the life of Christ, the Diatessaron. The Earliest Life of Christ is an English translation of the Diatessaron based on the Arabic version, itself a translation from the lost Syriac.



The Last Assyrians: A History of Aramaic-Speaking Christians
By R Alaux

ISBN 0-00000-006-X, DVD, $32

The Last Assyrians is a film on the survival of the Aramaic-speaking Christians (Assyrians, Chaldeans, Syriacs). The U.S. edition contains the English version, while the European edition contains both the English and French versions.



Jesus: A New Biography
By Shirley Jackson Case

ISBN 1-59333-475-3, Hardback, $58

In the present climate of interest concerning the real Jesus, Case's 1927 study represents a vital contribution in the first quest for the historical Jesus. Often overlooked, this important volume is at last available to researchers in the current quest for Jesus, as well as those interested in the role of the Chicago School in that quest. Case avoids supernatural explanations as he deftly sketches the social contexts of what can be known of the historical Jesus.



Traditional Hymns for Christmas
By Archdiocesan Choral Society

ISBN 0-00000-014-X, CD, $26

The CD gives fourteen traditional Christmas songs in Syriac, performed by the Archdiocesan Choral Society of the Syriac Orthodox Church in the Eastern USA.



The Physical Geography, Geology, And Meteorology of the Holy Land
By H B Tristram

ISBN 1-59333-482-6, Hardback, $68

Tristram was among the earliest scholars to attempt a documentation of the physical landscape of the Holy Land. This study describes the geography, geology, meteorology, zoology, and botany of the land of the Bible, as experienced in the nineteenth century.



Homilies of Mar Jacob of Sarug / Homiliae Selectae Mar-Jacobi Sarugensis
By Jacob of Sarug

ISBN 1-59333-327-7, Hardback, $1200

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.



S/He Created Them
By Naomi Graetz

ISBN 1-59333-057-X, Paperback, $29

A contemporaneous and religiously meaningful retelling of biblical stories by a feminist who looks at intimate lives of people inhabiting the Bible. She rediscovers a past in which biblical women actively participated and suggests women’s leadership might lead to a better world.



The Monuments of Nineveh
By Austen Henry Layard

ISBN 1-59333-068-5, Cloth Limited Edition, $780

This is the companion to Ninevah and Its Remains. This large, handsome volume, carefully reproduced from the original edition of 1849-53 and bound in deluxe cloth, contains 170 drawings made by Layard of sculptures, bas-reliefs, and other objects discovered by him among the ruins of Nineveh.



Jewish Wisdom
By Gerd De Ley and David Potter

ISBN 1-59333-323-4, Paperback, $48

The Dictionary of Jewish Proverbs offers the reader a most comprehensive insight into the world of Jewish wisdom. It comes in the form of an A-Z Dictionary and represents probably the biggest single collection ever published, with a total of over 4,000 proverbs coming from sources from every corner of the globe.



Symbols of Church and Kingdom
By Robert Murray

ISBN 1-59333-150-9, Paperback, $64

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.



The Widmanstadt-Moses of Mardin Editio Princeps of The Syriac Gospels of 1555
By Widmanstadius-Moses of Mardin

ISBN 1-59333-999-2, Cloth Limited Edition, $450

A facsimile reprint of the first edition of the Syriac New Testament, published by J. A. Widmanstadius and Moses of Mardin in 1555. This limited collector's edition is custom bound, with long lasting high-quality acid-neutral paper.



Massacres, Resistance, Protectors: Muslim-Christian Relations in Eastern Anatolia during World War I
By David Gaunt

ISBN 1-59333-301-3, Paperback, $48

This pioneering historical investigation of the genocide of the Assyrian, Chaldean, and Syrian Christians of Upper Mesopotamia during World War I uses primary sources of Turkish, Russian, German, French, and Arabic origin, and oral histories by survivors and their descendants.



The Great Stem of Souls
By Jorunn Jacobsen Buckley

ISBN 1-59333-338-2, Hardback, $76

Mandaean priests, representatives of a religious heritage that can be traced back to Late Antique Mesopotamia, still copy their ancient literature by hand. The Great Stem of Souls is a study of the colophons –postscripts at the end of each text – that are appended to most Mandaean documents. A study of the contents of the colophons provides a framework for reconstructing Mandaean history.



Impressions of Ancient Mesopotamia
By Alan Lenzi

ISBN 1-59333-226-2, Hardback, $26

This book introduces children to ancient Mesopotamian culture through cylinder seals: their production, use, and art. Written for sixth grade readers, it introduces Mesopotamian myths and gives insight into cultural characteristics, ideas, and institutions.



Greek Tradition and Latin Influence in the Work of George Scholarios
By Christopher Livanos

ISBN 1-59333-344-7, Hardback, $76

This book attempts to understand the miscommunications between Greeks and westerners in the fifteenth century by concentrating on the work of George Gennadios Scholarios who under the name of Gennadios II became the first Ecumenical Patriarch of the Orthodox Church during Ottoman Rule.



Acts of Saint George
By E W Brooks

ISBN 1-59333-485-0, Paperback, $24

The classic hagiography of Saint George is presented here by E. W. Brooks. He gives a critical edition of the Syriac accompanied by an annoted English translation of the Acts. The “Acts of Saint George” stands in the tradition of early Christian devotional and historical records, and is a standard source for information about this formative saint.




 





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Gorgiasians have chosen Wilfred Bet-Alkhas, Editor and Publisher of the weekly Zinda Magazine, as the Gorgias Enthusiast of the Month

 

Wilfred was Born in Iran and studied political science at University of California, Irvine. He also studied under Assyrian poet and music composer, William Daniel. In 1995, he launched Zinda Magazine, a weekly online magazine serving the Assyrian and Syriac/Aramaic-speaking communities around the world. Zinda has always been an advocate for the Christian minorities of Iraq, especially important in today's political climate.

 

Wilfred owns and runs a multimedia and IT company in California. He is married to Nina Georgizova, a lecturer in Russian Studies

Wilfred has the following to say about Gorgias:

I’ve had a distinct pleasure of becoming one of the earliest shoppers at Gorgias Press. GP has been a pioneer in publishing both classic and new works in my areas of special interest, in particular the history of the Near East and the Aramaic/Syriac language. Its vast catalog of books appeals to every type of Zinda Magazine readers. I look forward to many more years of partnership between Gorgiss Press and Zinda Magazine for the sale and marketing of GP’s fine books, videos, and other published material.

Wilfred recommends the following books for e-Gorgias readers:

 

Massacres, Resistance, Protectors: Muslim-Christian Relations in Eastern Anatolia during World War I
By David Gaunt

ISBN 1-59333-301-3, Paperback, $48

This pioneering historical investigation of the genocide of the Assyrian, Chaldean, and Syrian Christians of Upper Mesopotamia during World War I uses primary sources of Turkish, Russian, German, French, and Arabic origin, and oral histories by survivors and their descendants.



Typography of Syriac: A Historical Catalogue of Printing Type, 1537-1958
By J. F. Coakley

ISBN 1-58456-192-0, Hardback, $75

Syriac has a long and rich printing history. This study records and abundantly illustrates no fewer than 129 different Syriac types, using archival documents, type-specimens, and the often scattered evidence of the print itself.



The Tragedy of the Assyrians
By R. S. Stafford

ISBN 1-59333-413-3, Hardback, $68

The Tragedy of the Assyrians depicts the massacres that befell the Assyrians in Iraq in 1933, following their uprooting from their homelands during World War I.




 





Gorgias Press at Conferences

Gorgias Press will be exhibiting at the following conferences. Visit our book exhibit to receive conference discount on all our books.

American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) Annual Meeting
November 15-18, 2006 Capital Hilton, Washington D.C.

American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature (AAR/SBL) Annual Meeting
November 18-21, 2006 in Washington, DC, Booth # 1017.

 


 





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