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e-Gorgias (Issue 31, August-September 2008)

 

Issue 31
August-September 2008
Reading Time: 13 minutes
 

As the new academic year is progressing, we have lots in store here at Gorgias. In this issue we take a look at Gorgias Textbook Titles and learn more about the publication of The Chronicle of Michael the Great.

We have included a very Important Security Notification to our customers in the news section regarding a virus attack that Gorgias databases fell victim to recently. For details we urge our customers to read the news section. In fact, it was because of delays in securing our information that the publication of eGorgias has been delayed. We apologize for any inconvenience.

In addition, Gorgias Press is involved in the organization of a special conference on Jacob of Sarug and His Times: Studies in Sixth Century Syriac Christianity which will be held in St. Mark's Cathedral, Teaneck NJ on October 24-26. The conference is open to public and includes leading scholars in the field of Syriac studies, including Sebastian Brock. To see a complete list of the speakers and to register please click here.


 

  • Recently Released: Our latest titles
  • Coming Soon: Forthcoming titles from Gorgias Press
  • From the Acquisitions Desk: By Acquisitions Editor Katie Stott
  • News: Publication of the Chronicle of Michael the Great
  • Gorgias Enthusiast: Matti Moosa
  • Reviews: AARON D. RUBIN (trans. and ed.), Samuel David Luzzatto: Prolegomena to a Grammar of the Hebrew Language
  • Conferences: List of Conferences Gorgias is exhibiting at in October and November

 


 





Gorgias press is pleased to announce the availability of the following:

 

Perspectives on Hebrew Scriptures III
By Ehud Ben Zvi

ISBN 978-1-59333-976-0
Hardback, $125 (BiblioPerks™ $100.00)

This volume incorporates all the articles and reviews published in the Journal of Hebrew Scriptures in 2006. It includes contributions by R. D. Holmstedt, J. Wöhrle, W. K. Gilders, A. Pinker, S. S. Scatolini Apóstolo, J. M. Tebes, R. Benun, D. M. Carr, J. J. Collins, F. W. Chip Dobbs-Allsop, A. Kalmanofsky, Yung Suk Kim, G. N. Knoppers, E. Ben Zvi, R. L. Hubbard, Jr., R. W. Klein, M. A. Throntveit, and I. Kalimi. The review section includes more than forty reviews.



Dictionary of Sects, Heresies, Ecclesiastical Parties, and Schools of Religious Thought
By John Henry Blunt

ISBN 978-1-59333-796-4
Hardback, $180 (BiblioPerks™ $144.00)

In an attempt to organize the swiftly-growing diversity in Christianity during the nineteenth century, the author compiled a learned compendium of the known religious groups of his day. A unique glimpse into the history of early-modern religious thought, this reference work includes extensive articles on the various collections of believers both Christian and non-Christian. Blunt, in a move that presaged the more comprehensive modern studies of the phenomenon of religious diversification, included exotic religions that were beginning to be taken seriously during his century.



Jacob of Sarug's Homily on Epiphany
By Thomas Kollamparampil

ISBN 978-1-59333-736-0
Paperback, $51 (BiblioPerks™ $40.80)

This volume gives a bilingual Syriac-English edition of Saint Jacob of Sarug’s homily on Epiphany. The Syriac text is fully vocalized, and the translation is annotated with a commentary and biblical references. The volume constitutes a fascicle of Gorgias’s Complete Homilies of Saint Jacob of Sarug.



Jacob of Sarug's Homily on the Transfiguration of Our Lord
By Thomas Kollamparampil

ISBN 978-1-59333-934-0
Paperback, $48 (BiblioPerks™ $38.40)

This volume gives a bilingual Syriac-English edition of Saint Jacob of Sarug’s homily on the Transfiguration. The Syriac text is fully vocalized, and the translation is annotated with a commentary and biblical references. The volume constitutes a fascicle of Gorgias’s Complete Homilies of Saint Jacob of Sarug.



Jacob of Sarug's Homily on Palm Sunday
By Thomas Kollamparampil

ISBN 978-1-59333-737-7
Paperback, $38 (BiblioPerks™ $30.40)

This volume gives a bilingual Syriac-English edition of Saint Jacob of Sarug’s homily on Palm Sunday. The Syriac text is fully vocalized, and the translation is annotated with a commentary and biblical references. The volume constitutes a fascicle of Gorgias’s Complete Homilies of Saint Jacob of Sarug.



Jacob of Sarug's Homily on the Judgment of Solomon
By Stephen A. Kaufman

ISBN 978-1-59333-972-2
Paperback, $38 (BiblioPerks™ $30.40)

This volume gives a bilingual Syriac-English edition of Saint Jacob of Sarug’s homily on the Judgment of Solomon. The Syriac text is fully vocalized, and the translation is annotated with a commentary and biblical references. The volume constitutes a fascicle of Gorgias’s Complete Homilies of Saint Jacob of Sarug.



Jacob of Sarug's Homilies on the Resurrection
By Thomas Kollamparampil

ISBN 978-1-59333-935-7
Paperback, $48 (BiblioPerks™ $38.40)

This volume gives a bilingual Syriac-English edition of Saint Jacob of Sarug’s homilies on the Great Sunday of the Resurrection and on the Resurrection itself. The Syriac text is fully vocalized, and the translation is annotated with a commentary and biblical references. The volume constitutes a fascicle of Gorgias’s Complete Homilies of Saint Jacob of Sarug.



History of the Monastery of Saint Matthew in Mosul
By Ignatius Yacoub III

ISBN 978-1-59333-788-9
Hardback, $97 (BiblioPerks™ $77.60)

Located north of Mosul, St. Matthew’s Monastery—commonly known as Dayr Sheikh Matti—is perhaps the most ancient religious institution in Iraq. Although the Syriac life story of St. Matthew was published together with that of St. Behnam by Paul Bedjan in 1891, and translated into Arabic by Elias Behnam, this present account is more extensive and informative. It includes in-depth physical and spiritual descriptions of the monastery as an outstanding institution which played a significant role in the history of the Syrian Orthodox Church of the East. Mar Ignatius Jacob III offers insight into the monastery’s learned superiors, metropolitans and magnificent library.



The Holy Spirit in the Syrian Baptismal Tradition
By Sebastian Brock

ISBN 978-1-59333-844-2
Hardback, $58 (BiblioPerks™ $46.40)

A fitting contribution to Gorgias Liturgical Studies, Sebastian Brock’sHoly Spirit in the Syrian Baptismal Tradition is a sensitive and evocative treatment of an issue key to any liturgical tradition—that of the role of the Holy Spirit in worship. With a keen awareness of the tradition of Syrian Christianity, Brock begins his exploration with the concept and the role of the Holy Spirit in the Syriac Bible.Symbols of the Spirit, the sources used to glean this information, and how it ties in with the Eucharist and Pentecost, as well as baptism itself and the subsequent practice of anointing.



Palestine Past and Present
By Henry S. Osborn

ISBN 978-1-59333-570-0
Hardback, $154 (BiblioPerks™ $123.20)

A nineteenth-century travelogue in a class by itself, Osborn’s account of his travels through the Holy Land is sprinkled with literary, biblical, and scientific observations. This work on the physical geography of the Holy Land remains undiminished despite the years since its publication.



A History of the Holy Eastern Church: The Patriarchate of Alexandria
By John Mason Neale

ISBN 978-1-59333-050-7
Hardback, $121 (BiblioPerks™ $96.80)

The first volume of an ambitious project to document the history of the early church, this is one of John Mason Neale’s crowning achievements. Meticulously researched, Neale’s treatment of the early church in Egypt is among the required reading of any student of oriental Christianity still today. Beginning with the traditions of St. Mark’s foundation of the Egyptian church, the developments of Christianity are traced up through the controversies associated with Nestorius and the Council of Chalcedon. In Neale’s characteristically readable style, the early stages of Eastern Christianity and its noteworthy figures are presented here with historical accuracy and authority. The origins of monasticism, the troubles and triumphs of St. Athanasius, the Arian heresy, and the ecumenical councils are all treated in this important study of the church in Egypt.






 





We are excited to announce that the following titles will soon be in print:

Click here for a complete list of our soon-to-be-published books.

 

The Nestorian Monument of Hsî-an Fû in Shen-Hsî, China By James Legge
The “Nestorian Monument” or “Nestorian Stele” is a fascinating attestation of the work of Syriac-speaking missionaries in sixth-century China. Commemorating the diffusion of Christianity in China from 635-781, the inscription was erected in the latter year as a public monument. The inscription in Chinese, supplemented with some Syriac, provides a brief outline of Christian doctrine and provides an account of how Christianity came to China. This book offers an English translation of the monument along with the original language text.
ISBN 978-1-59333-886-2, Paperback, $37.7 (BiblioPerks™ $30.16)

Jonathan Edwards’ Social Augustinian Trinitarianism in Historical and Contemporary Perspectives By Steven M. Studebaker
A historical case for Edwards’ consistent use of the Augustinian mutual love model in place of interpretations that suggest his thought embraces the disparate Western and Eastern models, but favored the Eastern social model of the Trinity.
ISBN 978-1-59333-846-6, Hardback, $115 (BiblioPerks™ $92.00)

The History of the Holy Mar Ma‘in with a Guide to the Persian Martyr Acts: Fascicle 1 By Sebastian Brock
The History of Holy Mar Ma‘in of Sinjar tells the story of a Sasanian general during the time of Shapur II (309-79) who suffered persecution after his conversion to Christianity. Composed probably in the sixth century, this text is of a higher literary quality than most of the other texts describing martyrdoms under Shapur I. In this volume, the first in this new series from Gorgias Press, Sebastian P. Brock provides the first edition ever of the Syriac text of the History of Ma‘in as well as the first full translation of it. This volume also includes a basic guide to the whole corpus of Persian Martyr Acts as well as useful indices to these numerous texts.
ISBN 978-1-59333-222-8, Paperback, $51.04 (BiblioPerks™ $40.83)

The Veil on Moses' Face By Sebastian Brock
This volume gives a bilingual Syriac-English edition of Saint Jacob of Sarug’s homily, The Veil on Moses' Face. The Syriac text is fully vocalized, and the translation is annotated with a commentary and biblical references. The volume constitutes a fascicle of Gorgias’s Complete Homilies of Saint Jacob of Sarug.
ISBN 978-1-59333-644-8, Paperback, $50 (BiblioPerks™ $40.00)

 


 





With the beginning of the new academic year rapidly approaching, it seems a good time to take a look around the country at the various Gorgias titles being used as textbooks for courses. Sebastian Brock’s Bible in the Syriac Tradition and Introduction to Syriac Studies are two of our bestselling titles. Other titles that appear on our growing textbook list are:

  • Gaunt’s Massacres, Resistance, Protectors
  • Dyer’s Plato, Apology of Socrates and Crito
  • Murray’s Symbols of Church and Kingdom
  • Vaka Brown’s Haremlik
  • Fiensy’s Jesus the Galilean
  • Turner’s The United Holy Church of America
  • Odisho’s Linguistic Tips for Latino Learners and Teachers of English

    Other Gorgias books that would make great additions to course reading lists include:

  • Hallman’s Coming of the Impassible God which could be used for a course on theodicy or even basic theology
  • Buckley’s Drower’s Folk-tales - could make a useful addition to a course on Middle Eastern / Iraqi literature
  • Lenaer’s Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream has great potential for Catholic studies, current Catholic theology and even ecclesiology
  • Karavites’ Homer and the Bronze Age - Ancient Near Eastern society
  • Richardson’s Comprehensive Grammar of Hammurabi’s Stele - introductory Akkadian
  • Oppenheim’s Interpretation of Dreams with new introduction by Scott Noegel – Ancient Near East

    In addition to these books, keep an eye out for other forthcoming textbook titles. I would like to draw attention particularly to The Sacred Text: Artefact, Interpretation, and Doctrinal Formulation Description, (edited by Michael Bird and Michael Pahl) which would be suitable for introductory biblical studies or “Doctrine of Scripture” courses in universities and seminaries. To give a brief overview: this volume presents an overview of the creation, reception, and interpretation of the Christian Scriptures. The first section on the ‘History of the Text’ deals with the formation of the Greek New Testament, the status of the Septuagint as Christian Scripture, discussions about biblical canons, and the role of tradition in creating and interpreting these ancient texts. The second section ‘The Interpretation of the Text’ looks at hermeneutical issues, old and new, including the significance of biblical criticism, the current resurgence of theological exegesis, a description of post-modern approaches to Scripture, and new methodologies relating to biblical interpretation. The final section ‘The Theological Status of the Text’ deals with how the texts are signified as Scripture in various faith communities including those of Catholic, Orthodox, Evangelical, and by twentieth century theologians.

    If you think one of our titles may be suitable for a course you are teaching or taking please don’t hesitate to contact our customer services representative.

    Katie Stott, Acquisitions Editor

 

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, $63 (BiblioPerks™ $50.40)

Plato, Apology of Socrates and Crito By Louis Dyer
This edition of the Greek text is an excellent reader for any student of classics. It covers Plato’s Apology, Plato’s Crito, extracts from Plato’s Phaedo and Symposium, and Xenophon’s Memorabilia. It ends with a fifty page Greek-English vocabulary covering the entire material.
ISBN 1-59333-007-3, Paperback, $46 (BiblioPerks™ $36.80)

Symbols of Church and Kingdom By Robert Murray
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.
ISBN 1-59333-150-9, Paperback, $84 (BiblioPerks™ $67.20)

Haremlik: Some Pages from the Life of Turkish Women By Demetra Vaka Brown
Born as a Greek Ottoman in Istanbul, Demetra Vaka Brown (1877-1946) moved to America where she became a journalist and novelist, revisiting Turkey to write several books about the twilight of the Ottoman Empire and the emergence of the Turkish Republic. She based this, her first book, on experiences from 1901, when modernization had made inroads into Ottoman domestic life and the harem was becoming a thing of the past. Her reflections on life in the harem suggest the conflicted nature of her allegiances: Vaka is nostalgic for the Ottoman life that was rapidly disappearing, but she also enjoys the freedoms of a professional American woman.
ISBN 1-59333-203-3, Hardback, $85 (BiblioPerks™ $68.00)

Jesus the Galilean By David A. Fiensy
Who was Jesus, really? That question has been debated by academics for the last two centuries, and contributions to this important issue in the history of Christianity are still making an impact on public opinion. Jesus the Galilean takes soundings in the life of the historical Jesus based on four readings from the Gospel of Mark which represent some of the most controversial issues in the current scholarly discussion about the historical Jesus. Using such resources as the background of the New Testament, archaeological studies, the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Mishnah, and the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, this book explores what can be known about the historical Jesus in the historic Galilee.
ISBN 978-1-59333-313-3, Hardback, $89 (BiblioPerks™ $71.20)

The United Holy Church of America: A Study in Black Holiness-Pentecostalism By William C. Turner, Jr.
This project was inspired by years of nurture and ministry in the church upon which the study focuses. With roots going back to the historic African American Church, it offers a window into early growth, the development of crucial theological positions, institutional development within the American Church of the twentieth century, and emerging patterns for worldwide Christianity in the twenty-first century. The struggle within this project is against a background of misunderstanding. Given the pejorative biases in earlier studies against African American Christianity in general, and Holiness-Pentecostalism in particular, a contest is under way for placement within the appropriate taxonomy.
ISBN 1-59333-317-X, Hardback, $85 (BiblioPerks™ $68.00)

Linguistic Tips for Latino Learners and Teachers of English By Edward Odisho
This book avoids exclusive dependence on rote imitations; rather, it teaches language as a live entity that one should hear, see, feel and then cognitively process. Certain linguistics facts take some teachers months or even years to teach. The approach presented here reduces learning time considerably.
ISBN 978-1-59333-690-5, Hardback, $85 (BiblioPerks™ $68.00)

The Coming of the Impassible God: Tracing a Dilemma in Christian Theology By Joseph M. Hallman
This book describes the development of the Christian understanding of God from the second to the eighth century as witnessed by major theologians who gradually realized that the Incarnate Word made flesh was not the God of the philosophers. They helped construct the great dogmas of the Christological councils. Beginning with the Apologists and ending with Maximus Confessor, the theological tradition overcame the notion of impassible deity in favor of the humble God of Christian faith, the Word made flesh.
ISBN 978-1-59333-792-6, Hardback, $109 (BiblioPerks™ $87.20)

Drower's Folk-Tales of Iraq By Jorunn Jacobsen Buckley
A collection of folktales from Iraq, dating from the 1930s, found in the archives of the famous English Lady E. S. Drower (1879-1972), who was novelist, folklorist, specialist on the Mandaeans, and writer of travel accounts. New tales edited by Jorunn Buckley form a second volume of Drower’s Folktales. The stories—carrying recognizable Near Eastern folk-tale features—feature monsters and heroes, maidens and fairies and they give a vivid picture of a now extinct oral folktale tradition. This Gorgias Press edition includes previously unpublished tales in addition to those of the 1931 edition.
ISBN 978-1-59333-360-7, Hardback, $139 (BiblioPerks™ $111.20)

Nebuchadnezzar's Dream or The End of a Medieval Catholic Church By Roger Lenaers
The Catholic Church of the Third Millennium has retained its medieval images and formulations. The book suggests different ways for modern Catholics to speak about Scripture, hierarchy, Jesus, the afterlife, sacraments, sin, redemption, sacrifice, supplicating prayer and other issues.
ISBN 978-1-59333-583-0, Paperback, $64 (BiblioPerks™ $51.20)

Homer and the Bronze Age By Peter Karavites
This scholarly and up-to-date investigation of Bronze Age and Near Eastern literature and Homer’s poetry reveals fascinating similarities between Near Eastern and Homeric Diplomatic Practices and the enduring influence of Humanistic Ideals on Bronze Age customs and practices.
ISBN 978-1-59333-985-2, Hardback, $107 (BiblioPerks™ $85.60)

A Comprehensive Grammar to Hammurabi’s Stele By M.E.J. Richardson
This complete grammar of Codex Hammurabi is formally arranged and can be the basis for learning the rest of Akkadian grammar. Students of Biblical Hebrew or Classical Arabic will find it a most convenient introduction to this sister language. The cuneiform text has been set out in columns opposite a phonetic transcription, thus enabling the comprehensive set of citations illustrating various points of Akkadian grammar to be easily checked within their wider linguistic context. This book, when used in conjunction with the author’s previous book “Hammurabi’s Laws”, makes it possible for a student to learn to read and understand the whole text of Hammurabi’s Stele.
ISBN 978-1-59333-540-3 , Hardback, $85 (BiblioPerks™ $68.00)

The Interpretation of Dreams in the Ancient Near East By A. Leo Oppenheim
Oppenheim’s foundational study on dreams and their interpretation in the Ancient Near East has long been a standard text for those interested in the role of dreams in the ancient world. With a new introduction by Scott Noegel, this edition presents the complete original study along with its photographs, as well as insights concerning how the book has fared over the past fifty years.
ISBN 978-1-59333-733-9, Hardback, $112 (BiblioPerks™ $89.60)

 


 





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Support the publication of Michael the Great



Last june, during a Symposium on Mar Jacob of Edessa held in Aleppo, the Edessan Community—for the first time in history—gave permission for the publication of the History of Michael Rabo, in a special arrangement with Dr. Sebastian Brock and Dr. George A. Kiraz. The community possesses the only manuscript of this history. No scholar in the past was given access and publication permission. But with the efforts of the Edessan community and wise management of Bishop Mar Gregorios Yuhanna Ibrahim, permission was granted last month. Bishop Yuhanna Ibrahim himself will edit this volume. He wrote to George Kiraz saying:

It was one of the shortest and most important decisions in my life, that of the publication of the Chronicle of Mor Michael Rabo. I consider it one of the miracles of Mor Yacoub d'Urhoy, this great malfono and saint. He was behind the decision for this publication. It is after almost 500 years that this manuscript is kept in different places. Now the scholars and all those who are interested in this chronicle will enjoy this decision and be happy that our Symposium in Aleppoprompted the Archdiocese to publish this manuscript for the first time.

God Bless
Mar Gregorios

 

This Chronicle is a world history. It starts from creation and goes on until the 12th century (when its author Patriarch Michael the Great died). The 13th century polymath Bar Ebroyo used it as a source in his history. It indeed one of the most historical records of the Syriac church.

Gorgias agreed to help in this project, but we need to raise funds for it. There is no way for us to recoup publication costs by selling the book. Only printing-and-binding will cost $25,000 to $30,000. But we are determined to do the project as service to the community and scholarship. I hope you will also help by contributing to this project.

All contributors will be acknowledged in the book, and will receive free copies of the book. We set up 3 levels of contribution: Silver (you get 1 free copy), Gold (you get 3 free copies), and Platinum (you get 5 free copies).

Please help us make this historical book available for the first time in history. I appreciate it if you can take action. Go to this link to help:

http://www.gorgiaspress.com/bookshop/showproduct.aspx?isbn=Contribution

The Chronicle of Patriarch Michael Rabo Support
By Zeyneb Hanoum

ISBN Contribution, Hardback, $500 (BiblioPerks™ $400.00)

The Chronicle (or History) of Michael Rabo is one of the most important historical records of the Syriac Orthodox Church. There is only one copy of this History, written 500 years ago in Edessa. The Syriac Orthodox community of Edessa took care of this copy for about 500 years. When in 1923 the entire community had to leave Edessa after Sayfo—leaving their homes, Churches and possessions— they kept the Chronicle of Michael Rabo with them. Today, this copy is still preserved by the Edessan community in Hay al-Syrian, Aleppo.






 





Matti Moosa, a University Professor, scholar, author and translator of a number of books on Middle Eastern history and culture writes:

"My first association with George Kiraz was several years ago when he wrote to me about his intention to promote Syriac studies through publication. I thought that he was embarking upon almost an impossible adventure. To my mind, Syriac studies in the West, except for some universities in Europe and the United States, have either been neglected or gone out of style. Syriac language and culture seem to have been overshadowed by the studies of Arab history, politics and language. Arabic, Turkish, Iranian, and to an extent, Hebraic studies, become predominant and universities began offering different courses in their newly established departments and centers on the different cultural aspects of the Middle East. So, when George contacted me, I had no idea what were his intentions or plans. But when George founded Gorgias Press in 2001, I began to realize that by his direction, oversight and determination, Syriac studies and publications would be revived and occupy their proper place in the colossal edifice of Middle Eastern studies. George Kiraz, aided by his visionary wife, Christine, and dedicated team, have embarked upon the most ambitious publication project in our time. Beginning with the reprinting of rare and out-of–print books on Syriac history and culture, Gorgias Press extended its activity of the reprinting of a host of other books of Greek, Latin and Hebraic cultures. This is an astounding achievement which made these hard to find works once more available to both scholars and common readers. But the vision of George and his team did not stop at the reprinting of books. It expanded to undertake the publication of serious scholarly books, books on travel, and works for children. Plowing its way through a highly competitive publication field, Gorgias Press has and will soon occupy an enviable place among major publishing companies. Its accomplishment in the dissemination of knowledge cannot be ignored. In the words of the distinguished Oxford Syriac scholar, Sebastian Brock, “The Gorgias Press has revolutionized the facilities for information and research.”

 

The Crusades: Conflict Between Christendom and Islam
By Matti Moosa

ISBN 978-1-59333-366-9
Hardback, $221 (BiblioPerks™ $176.80)

This book sheds light on the first three Crusades (1097-1191) by introducing material from several medieval Syriac and Arabic sources and reconciling their accounts with those provided by Western sources. It presents the Crusades as an extension of the conflict between Christianity and Islam, which began with the Arabs’ first incursions into Christian territory in the seventh century and continued with their conquest of the Iberian peninsula.



The Maronites in History
By Matti Moosa

ISBN 1-59333-182-7
Hardback, $85 (BiblioPerks™ $68.00)

In making known the history of his people, Moosa brings the past to light for students and scholars of Christianity and the Middle East. This book offers hope for a community struggling to come to meaningful terms with itself in the midst of cultural upheaval.



History of the Monastery of Qartmin
By Yuhanna Dolabani

ISBN 1-59333-439-7
Paperback, $45 (BiblioPerks™ $36.00)

The Monastery of Qartmin, or Mor Gabriel, in Southeast Turkey is an ancient monastery of Tur Abdin that is still active. Yuhanna Dolabani records the history of this monastery, based on manuscripts and traditions. The book contains a list of the saints that are buried at the monastery, biographies of bishops and abbots who lived there, and the acts of the saints associated with the monastery. Written in Syriac.



History of the Monastery of Saint Matthew in Mosul
By Ignatius Yacoub III

ISBN 978-1-59333-788-9
Hardback, $97 (BiblioPerks™ $77.60)

Located north of Mosul, St. Matthew’s Monastery—commonly known as Dayr Sheikh Matti—is perhaps the most ancient religious institution in Iraq. Although the Syriac life story of St. Matthew was published together with that of St. Behnam by Paul Bedjan in 1891, and translated into Arabic by Elias Behnam, this present account is more extensive and informative. It includes in-depth physical and spiritual descriptions of the monastery as an outstanding institution which played a significant role in the history of the Syrian Orthodox Church of the East. Mar Ignatius Jacob III offers insight into the monastery’s learned superiors, metropolitans and magnificent library.




 





Review of AARON D. RUBIN (trans. and ed.), Samuel David Luzzatto: Prolegomena to a Grammar of the Hebrew Language from Journal of Semitic Studies, vol 53 no 2, Autumn 2008

"A considerable debt of gratitude is owed by linguists to Aaron Rubin for his stalwart effort in producing the translation, prefacing it with a helpful introduction to the author and his work, and appending to it numerous updates, identifications and explanations, as well as some corrections. A doctoral graduate of Harvard who now teaches Hebrew and Jewish Studies at Penn State University, Rubin has, additionally, made Luzzatto’s work that much more useful and accessible by appending almost sixty pages of biographical data relating to some 275 scholars who are mentioned in the original treatise."

 

Review of MATTHEW KRAUS (ed.), How Should Rabbinic Literature be Read in the Modern World? , RBL Published 9/6/2008

Reviewer, Joshua Schwartz, writes:

"How Should Rabbinic Literature Be Read in the Modern World appears in the relatively new series of Judaism in Context, published by Gorgias Press. The series focuses “on the relations between Jews, Judaism, and Jewish culture and the other peoples, religions, and cultures among whom Jews have lived and flourished.” The volume is based on a 2003 conference held at Williams College on the hermeneutical limits and possibilities of how late antique rabbinic literature should be read. The conference sought to enable interactive dialogue between the various approaches to rabbinic literature. While it is impossible to know to what extent the conference was a success, the conference volume proved to be a very interesting read, and the individual articles make significant contributions to scholarship."

Samuel David Luzzatto: Prolegomena to a Grammar of the Hebrew Language
By Aaron Rubin

ISBN 1-59333-334-X
Hardback, $77 (BiblioPerks™ $61.60)

Translated for the first time, with annotations and useful additions, this long under-appreciated work of S. D. Luzzatto is now available to modern scholars. A history of both Hebrew and Hebrew scholarship, it is replete with valuable information and insight.



How Should Rabbinic Literature Be Read in the Modern World?
By Matthew A Kraus

ISBN 1-59333-214-9
Hardback, $99 (BiblioPerks™ $79.20)

Through literary, historical, archaeological, and engendered readings, this collection of essays presents a multidisciplinary analysis of rabbinic texts. Such a conversation between diverse scholars illuminates the hermeneutical issues generated by the contemporary study of the Talmud and Midrash.




 





Gorgias president George Kiraz just returned from the Symposium Syriacum held in Granada, Spain from September 22-27, where we pretty much sold out of our titles. We will have a more detailed conference report, along with the best sellers, in the next issue of eGorgias.

Gorgias Press will be exibiting at the following conferences in October and November. We hope you stop by our exhibits and say hello.

Conference on Arts of the East-Byzantine Studies
October 16, 2008, Princeton University, NJ.

Byzantine Studies Conference
October 17-19, 2008, Hyatt Regency, New Brunswick, NJ

Jacob of Sarug and His Times: Studies in Sixth Century Syriac Christianity
October 24-26, 2008. St. Mark's Cathedral, 260 Elm Ave, Teaneck, NJ.
The symposium speakers are:

  • Susan Ashbrook Harvey, Brown University
  • Sharbil Alexandre Bcheiry, Syriac Orthodox Archdiocese
  • Sebastian P. Brock, University of Oxford
  • Sidney Griffith, The Catholic University of America
  • Mary Hansbury, Philadelphia
  • Amir Harrak, University of Toronto
  • George A. Kiraz, Beth Mardutho & Gorgias Press
  • Edward G. Mathews, St. Nerses Seminary
  • Kathleen McVey, Princeton Theological Seminary
  • Aho Shemunkasho, University of Salzburg
  • Lucas Van Rompay, Duke University

    Symposium Chair: George A. Kiraz
    Symposium Secretary: Jack C. Darakjy, Esq.

    To register please click here.

    Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature
    November 21-25, 2008, Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA

 


 





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