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e-Gorgias (Issue 34, June 2009)

 

Issue 34
June 2009
Reading Time: 14 minutes
 

Hidemi at Work!

As June ends, and we get ready to embrace the summer with full force (despite the endless rain in NJ), Gorgias is pleased to announce the release of 25 titles since last month’s issue of e-Gorgias. After all, summer is the time when we focus on production and start cranking out titles. This fact was demonstrated earlier this month when we welcomed Gorgias author and friend Hidemi Takahashi (right) to our offices. During his visit, he was kind enough to catalog seven titles, and so eager was he to see these titles in print that he helped George scan them. George’s comment to this was, “Think Twice before visiting Gorgias.” You can check out the list of the books cataloged by Hidemi on our Home Page under Store News, where you can also find announcements of new releases, latest additions of titles to the catalog, and book reviews, updated regularly.

As the economy is affecting all publishers, Gorgias is embracing the recession with the spirit of Niccolò Machiavelli (ca. 1530) who once wrote, “There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct or more uncertain in its success than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.” Machiavelli would have reminded us that “one should never, never, never waste a perfectly good crisis,” as we learn from the newly released book IT Savvy: What Top Executives Must Know to Go from Pain to Gain by Peter Weill and Jeanne W. Ross (Harvard Business Press, 2009). Indeed, the downturn of the economy has provided new opportunities for Gorgias. As our acquisitions and business processes are already rooted in automation and IT-based processes, we are able to absorb the books which other academic publishers are turning down because of budget cuts. If you are one of those authors, Gorgias will be happy to help you get your academic book published. This does not mean we will jeopardize quality of content, nor will we reduce quality of production. It just means that we are working under a “new order of things.” If you are working on a project, send a submission to submissions@gorigaspress.com. Include an e-mail cover letter, project summary, table of contents, sample chapters, and a CV.

We also want to remind you about exciting new projects we announced last month. Now thanks to our partnership with Dar Mardin, Aleppo, their hard-to-order books are just a mouse click away. Click here for a list of Dar Mardin titles on Syriac and Middle Eastern Christianity.

Additionally, in partnership with Princeton Theological Seminary we are pleased to announce that the 1901-1941 volumes of Oriens Christianus are available from Gorgias Press, with a new introduction by Hubert Kaufhold, its current editor. Be sure to get your library to order the set. If you are an individual and would like to have this set in your personal collection but cannot afford to pay for it in lump sum, don’t worry. Gorgias has a layaway plan to help. Write to our Help Desk at helpdesk@gorigaspress.com, and they will set you up with a payment plan where you can pay for the collosal multi-volume set in four equal payments of $975. What’s more? For individuals, shipping in the US is on us!

Finally, this month’s Gorgias enthusiast is Dr. Jim West, Adjunct Professor of Biblical Studies at the Quartz Hill School of Theology and Pastor of Petros Baptist Church, Petros, Tennessee. Read below what he has to say about Gorgias books.


 

 


 





Included below is a select list of books released since the May issue of eGorgias. For the complete list pelase visit our Just Published page.

 

Foundations for Syriac Lexicography II
Edited by P. J. Williams

ISBN 978-1-60724-088-4
Hardback, $109.68 (BiblioPerks™ $87.74)

This volume is part of a series that addresses issues of Classical Syriac lexicography, and the lexicography of other ancient languages. The international team of authors invited to participate represents a wide range of disciplines and opens new horizons in lexical thinking.



Foundations for Syriac Lexicography III
Edited by Janet Dyk and Wido van Peursen

ISBN 978-1-60724-072-3
Hardback, $119.96 (BiblioPerks™ $95.97)

This volume is part of a series that addresses issues of Classical Syriac lexicography, and the lexicography of other ancient languages. The international team of authors invited to participate represents a wide range of disciplines and opens new horizons in lexical thinking.



Between Christology and Kalam? The Life and Letters of George, Bishop of the Arab Tribes
By Jack Tannous

ISBN 978-1-60724-040-2
Paperback, $29 (BiblioPerks™ $23.20)

A translator of Aristotle and friend of Jacob of Edessa and Athanasios of Balad, George, Bishop of the Arab Tribes (d. AD 724) was an important figure in the history of the life and thought of the Syrian Orthodox Church. This article offers a study of the first three of George’s eleven extant letters and relates them to the larger Christian and Islamic context of his day. It will be of interest to students of Greek patristics, Syriac Christianity, and early Islamic history.



Tracing the Bridegroom in Dura
By Gerasimos Pagoulatos

ISBN 978-1-59333-738-4
Paperback, $62 (BiblioPerks™ $49.60)

Pagoulatos explores the unknown sources of the eleventh-century Byzantine service of Christ the Bridegroom in the Dura-Europos Christian baptistry ritual (earliest known Iconophile service) dating the liturgical use of Christian images in the third century, not in the seventh-century, A.D.



The Spell of the Logos
By Mihai Niculescu

ISBN 978-1-59333-698-1
Hardback, $99 (BiblioPerks™ $79.20)

Origen’s construal of the Bible as a textual incarnation of the Word encourages an assimilationist interpretation of the Hebrew Scriptures as a proto-Christian gospel. Although in partial agreement with this thesis, this study suggests a non-assimilationist reading of Origen’s biblical exegesis.



John of Tella's Profession of Faith
By Volker Menze

ISBN 978-1-59333-843-5
Paperback, $53 (BiblioPerks™ $42.40)

John of Tella was in the 520s and 530s one of the most dangerous ecclesiastical opponents of the emperor Justinian I. The present letter by John lays out his faith, and gives an inside view of how a Syrian Orthodox bishop locates himself within the Christian tradition.



Standing At Lyon
By Elizabeth Goodine

ISBN 978-1-59333-895-4
Hardback, $95 (BiblioPerks™ $76.00)

Blandina of Lyon, a lowly slave, battles the powers of the Roman Empire. Using Bowen Theory and the writings of Foucault the book explains how the anxiety of authority figures results in their failure to quell the rise of Christianity.



Letters from a Distant Shore
By E. Richardson

ISBN 978-1-59333-783-4
Hardback, $64 (BiblioPerks™ $51.20)

The Journal of Sarah Ann Breath is an account of a trip from Boston to Oroomiah (modern Urumia) Persia in June, 1849 by the wife of missionary printer Edward Breath. Sarah describes the journey by sail, steamship, and overland caravan and the couple’s encounter with Assyrian, Kurdish and Nestorian Christian communities.



The Bustan al-Ukul by Nathanael ibn al-Fayyumi
By David Levine

ISBN 978-1-59333-584-7
Hardback, $111 (BiblioPerks™ $88.80)

The Garden of Wisdom is a rare Jewish systematic theology, here presented in English translation as well as in the Arabic (in Hebrew script) original. It is a treatise of the theology of the Jews living in Southern Arabia written by Nathanael Ibn al-Fayyumi in the twelfth century when the Jews of Yemen were undergoing persecution.



The Coptic Pentateuch and Arabic Gospels
By Paul de Lagarde

ISBN 978-1-59333-965-4
Hardback, $165 (BiblioPerks™ $132.00)

Written in the days when textual criticism was still relatively new, and the great mass of manuscripts commonly used by present-day biblical scholars had not yet been plumbed, Lagarde spent many years making these exotic manuscripts available to scholars who previously had no access to them. In this volume are combined two manuscripts: the Pentateuch translated into Coptic, and the Gospels translated into Arabic. Despite the relatively recent dates of the manuscript sources for both collections, the material contained in these translations dates back to earlier days. Each of these translations is introduced in German with some critical notes about the readings included.



Ibn Coteiba's Handbuch der Geschichte
By Ferdinand Wüstenfeld

ISBN 978-1-59333-949-4
Hardback, $124 (BiblioPerks™ $99.20)

An early example of Islamic history, the Kitab al-ma'arif (“Book of Knowledge”) of ibn Qutayba (ibn Coteiba) has a prominent place. Born in Kufa, in present-day Iraq, ibn Qutayba was a teacher in Baghdad and he was among the first formal historians. This particular work ambitiously covers topics from the beginning of creation and facts about the period before the appearance of Islam (jahiliyya) to the names of the companions of the prophet Mohammed, famous jurists and masters of the oral tradition associated with the prophet (hadith). Presented here in the Arabic of the original, along with an introduction of Wüstenfeld, this early manual of history is sure to be of interest to anyone considering the impact of early Islamic historical writing on the enterprise of history writing in general or on Islamic outlooks from the ninth century.



From Mahmud Kasgari to Evliya Çelebi
By Robert Dankoff

ISBN 978-1-60724-090-7
Hardback, $139 (BiblioPerks™ $111.20)

This volume of collected essays focuses on Middle Turkic and Ottoman literature.



Doukas, Un Historien Byzantin du 15e Siècle
By Jean Dayantis

ISBN 978-1-60724-093-8
Hardback, $96 (BiblioPerks™ $76.80)

Djuneyd: Un personnage remuant de l'époque des Sultans Mehmed I et Mourad II Deux oracles concernant le règne de Michel VIII : Prédictions et prophéties vers la fin de l'Empire byzantin L'étendard de Mourad, conte historique Bayazid et Roxana, fiction historique Romain IV Diogène à Manzikert.



The Literary Originality of the Gospel of Mark
By F. Burkitt

ISBN 978-1-60724-114-0
Paperback, $29 (BiblioPerks™ $23.20)

Originally delivered as one of the Jowett Lectures for 1906, the contents of this booklet emerged during the first quest for the historical Jesus. Somewhat surprisingly, Burkitt discovered that historical criticism increased the historical credibility of the Synoptic Gospels in his estimation. This first lecture in the series addresses the literary originality of the Gospel of Mark. Here Burkitt surveys the priority of Mark, the shared Synoptic material, and the literarily unique sections of Mark.



The Historical Value of the Gospel of Mark
By F. Burkitt

ISBN 978-1-60724-115-7
Paperback, $29 (BiblioPerks™ $23.20)

Originally delivered as one of the Jowett Lectures for 1906, the contents of this booklet emerged during the first quest for the historical Jesus. Somewhat surprisingly, Burkitt discovered that historical criticism increased the historical credibility of the Synoptic Gospels in his estimation. This second lecture in the series addresses the historical value of the Gospel of Mark. Here Burkitt considers the historical questions of how accurately Mark may portray his limited life of Jesus.



The Composition and Literary Character of the Gospels of Matthew and Luke
By F. Burkitt

ISBN 978-1-60724-116-4
Paperback, $29 (BiblioPerks™ $23.20)

Originally delivered as one of the Jowett Lectures for 1906, the contents of this booklet emerged during the first quest for the historical Jesus. Somewhat surprisingly, Burkitt discovered that historical criticism increased the historical credibility of the Synoptic Gospels in his estimation. This third lecture in the series addresses the composition and literary characteristics of the Gospels of Matthew and Luke.



The Teaching of Jesus Christ
By F. Burkitt

ISBN 978-1-60724-117-1
Paperback, $29 (BiblioPerks™ $23.20)

Originally delivered as one of the Jowett Lectures for 1906, the contents of this booklet emerged during the first quest for the historical Jesus. Somewhat surprisingly, Burkitt discovered that historical criticism increased the historical credibility of the Synoptic Gospels in his estimation. This fourth lecture in the series begins by noting that in early Christianity it was Jesus that was preached and not Jesus’ sayings. Burkitt thus suggests some criteria for finding Jesus’ original words and then applies them in order to reconstruct the teachings of Jesus.



The Gospel in Matthew and Luke
By F. Burkitt

ISBN 978-1-60724-118-8
Paperback, $29 (BiblioPerks™ $23.20)

Originally delivered as one of the Jowett Lectures for 1906, the contents of this booklet emerged during the first quest for the historical Jesus. Somewhat surprisingly, Burkitt discovered that historical criticism increased the historical credibility of the Synoptic Gospels in his estimation. This fifth lecture in the series examines the concept of gospel in Matthew and Luke. Burkitt notes the special emphases and concerns of these two Gospel writers, calling attention to how they differ from each other and also from Mark.



Marcion, or Christianity Without History
By F. Burkitt

ISBN 978-1-60724-121-8
Paperback, $29 (BiblioPerks™ $23.20)

Originally delivered as one of the Jowett Lectures for 1906, the contents of this booklet emerged during the first quest for the historical Jesus. Somewhat surprisingly, Burkitt discovered that historical criticism increased the historical credibility of the Synoptic Gospels in his estimation. This eighth lecture in the series addresses Marcion. Burkitt focuses on how this early Christian thinker remained ahead of his time while also falling out of the mainstream of what was an emerging Christianity.



The Rivals of the Canonical Gospels
By F. Burkitt

ISBN 978-1-60724-122-5
Paperback, $29 (BiblioPerks™ $23.20)

Originally delivered as one of the Jowett Lectures for 1906, the contents of this booklet emerged during the first quest for the historical Jesus. Somewhat surprisingly, Burkitt discovered that historical criticism increased the historical credibility of the Synoptic Gospels in his estimation. This ninth lecture in the series concerns itself with the non-canonical, or apocryphal gospels. Written before the discovery of the Nag-Hammadi library, this study considers the Testamentum Domini, Pistis Sophia, the Gospel and Apocalypse of St. Peter, the Protevangelium of James, the Infancy Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel According to the Hebrews, and the Oxyrhynchus Logia..



The Discoveries in Crete
By Ronald Burrows

ISBN 978-1-59333-955-5
Hardback, $109 (BiblioPerks™ $87.20)

Indeed a classic of accessible archaeological writing, Burrows’ study of ancient Crete was one of the main contributors to the commencement of modern understanding of the Minoans. The earliest traces of the Minoan civilization are sketched out before he turns to the historical periods when Minos flourished. The sack of Knossos and the end of the Bronze Age are narrated against the archaeological background. Aware of the cultural continuity of classical stories from the island, he introduces the topic of the minotaur and the famed labyrinth of Knossos. For anyone interested in the roots of western civilization, or of the founding of classical civilizations, this book remains essential reading.



Kings of the Hittites
By David Hogarth

ISBN 978-1-59333-742-1
Paperback, $38 (BiblioPerks™ $30.40)

Copiously illustrated, this set of three lectures on the Hittites of southern Anatolia is a valuable introduction to the sites of Zenjirli, Sakjegeuzi, and Carchemish. Chosen because of the importance of southern Anatolia to the biblical record, these locations are explained from an archaeologist’s viewpoint and presented in an easily readable format.






 





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.

 

Qumran through (Real) Time
This book proposes a new occupation model for the remains of Khirbet Qumran, the site associated with the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Using the latest in virtual reality technology, the author reconstructs the site of Qumran and demonstrates that the site was initially built as a Hasmonean fortress, and was later expanded into a residence for a self-sufficient community responsible for the Dead Sea Scrolls.
ISBN 978-1-60724-058-7, Hardback, $118 (BiblioPerks™ $94.40)

Universum Hagiographicum
Scrinium. Revue de patrologie, d’hagiographie critique et d’histoire ecclésiastique, established in 2005, is an international multilingual scholarly periodical devoted to patristics, critical hagiography, and Church history. This volume is dedicated to hagiography of the Christian East and West.
ISBN 978-1-60724-082-2, Hardback, $146 (BiblioPerks™ $116.80)

Grammatik der neusyrische Sprache
This work of Theodor Nöldeke is an extremely rare find. Its scarcity should not be taken as a reflection on its authority or usefulness, however. In this original 1868 edition, Nöldeke lays out the basics of Neo-Syrian as it was used in Kurdistan and the area of Uremia. This valuable study, essentially unique to this day in its coverage of underrepresented language studies, provides a substantial, German introduction to the dialects described, followed by a thorough study of the languages themselves, also in German.
ISBN 978-1-59333-835-0, Hardback, $136 (BiblioPerks™ $108.80)

Analecta Syriaca
A rare edition of Lagarde’s Syriac ephemera, this volume is a linguist’s delight. Introduced in Latin and Arabic, the descriptions and annotations to Syriac manuscripts that constitute this book will seldom be found elsewhere. The various Syriac codices included in the collection are presented in Syriac without translation. For the student of Syriac who is seeking the authentic experience of reading Syriac materials, this study will be a treasury of material. Over the decades, Legarde’s works have become increasingly difficult to locate, and Gorgias Press is pleased to be able to offer this collectable selection again.
ISBN 978-1-59333-959-3, Hardback, $114 (BiblioPerks™ $91.20)

 

 



 


 





Hidemi at Work!

Dr. Jim West is Adjunct Professor of Biblical Studies at the Quartz Hill School of Theology and Pastor of Petros Baptist Church, Petros, Tennessee. He has written a number of books and articles and serves as Language Editor for the Scandinavian Journal of the Old Testament and Language Revision Editor for the Copenhagen International Seminar. “I have always found Gorgias' products to be exceedingly useful and of high quality,” he commented. “To be specific, I've never experienced any of the annoyances common among other publishers like easily split bindings and poorly constructed volumes. So far as the contents of the Gorgias volumes I have made use of are concerned, the scholarship is top notch. Of course I can't say that every volume they've produced is perfect in form and substance. But the ones I've had are certainly consistently excellent in both.”

Volumes Jim has enjoyed in particular include:

 

The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Personal Account
By John Trever

ISBN 1-59333-042-1
Paperback, $49 (BiblioPerks™ $39.20)

Trever relates the story of the frantic scholarly explorations carried on against the harried backdrop of war-torn Palestine, an absorbing story of intrigue and undercover negotiations, personal risk and frustration, and tireless pursuit of the evidence.



"I Sat Alone"
By Michael Avioz

ISBN 978-1-59333-854-1
Paperback, $54 (BiblioPerks™ $43.20)

The prophet Jeremiah is among the most complex and intriguing characters in the Bible. This study of the prophet focuses on the major biographical episodes in the prophet’s book and their interpretation. An overview of prophecy and the prophets of the Hebrew Bible sets the backdrop for this fascinating character. Setting the historical background of the prophet, Avioz then explores Jeremiah’s prophetic call. The temple sermon is then parsed to provide insight into how it fits the outlook of the prophet. The resultant trial is considered along with an exploration of the aim of the narrative. Jeremiah’s famous complaints receive individual attention. Those with whom Jeremiah interacts, the kings of Judah and the false prophets, are assessed in contrast with the prophet. The fall of the kingdom of Judah and the tragic Gedaliah episode round out the historical material. Avioz concludes his study with a consideration of Jeremiah’s legacy down to the present day.



Hebrew Studies in the Reformation Period and After
By George Box

ISBN 978-1-59333-691-2
Paperback, $38 (BiblioPerks™ $30.40)

This essay on the history of how the Hebrew Bible was considered during the Reformation period takes the reader into areas largely unexplored. In addition to the Bible, the Kabala is brought into the discussion. Box traces the development up to the advent of the critical study of the Bible which continued to be controversial when his study was published.




 





The Journal of Jewish Studies Reviews Two Gorgias Publications

Volume LX, No. 1 (Spring 2009) of the Journal of Jewish Studies, a publication of The Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, published two reviews of Gorgias publications. The first review (pp. 151-153) is of Aaron D. Rubin’s translation into English of Samuel David Luzzatto’s (1800-1865) famous Prolegomeni ad una grammatical ragionata della lingua ebraica (Padua, 1836). “The Meticulous English translation and annotation by A. Rubin,” says reviewer Martin F. J. Baasten of Leiden University, “is therefore to be welcomed by all scholars interested in the field.”

The second review (pp. 171-172) is of George A. Kiraz (ed.), The Searchable and Bookmarked Syriac-English Dictionary: A Searchable PDF of J. Payne Smith’s A Compendious Syriac Dictionary Founded upon the Thesaurus Syriacus of R. Payne Smith. “A portable version [of] this dictionary that is not dependant on internet access,” concludes reviewer Benjamin Williams of Keble College, Oxford, “will be highly useful to students and scholars of [Syriac].”

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.



The Searchable and Bookmarked Syriac-English Dictionary
By George Kiraz

ISBN 978-1-59333-790-2
CD (PDF), $51 (BiblioPerks™ $40.80)

In the lamentable absence of an English-Syriac dictionary, this handy digital tool will be useful to Syriac scholars on the go. A pdf version of J. Payne-Smith’s Compendious Syriac Dictionary, fully bookmarked and searchable, this innovative tool will allow scholars to search all English words in the dictionary. Not only can this pdf be uploaded to laptops, it will also work with smart phones, palms, and other portable electronic devices. Ideal for carrying into the library with you while on Syriac research, this worthwhile edition of the time-honored dictionary will be certain to find a host of applications for today’s Syriac scholar.




 





Gorgias Press attended the Association of University Presses conference in Philadelphia earlier this month. Our next conference will be SBL in New Orleans.

 


 





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