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e-Gorgias (Issue 38, March 2010)


Issue 38
March 2010
Reading Time: 12 minutes

We have moved to 954 River Rd., Piscataway, NJ 08854.

As people around the nation get ready for the March Madness, we at Gorgias have our own maddness to deal with this month. We are happy to announce our move to an almost river-front property. This property houses not only the premises of Gorgias Press, but also the new Beth Mardutho Research Library which currently contains the personal collections of George A. Kiraz (ca. 8,000 holdings) and the late Malphono Abrohom Nuro (ca. 1,000 holdings). Scholars are now able to make an appointment to visit and work at the library. We are also able to provide housing for interns, either at the Press or Beth Mardutho, and to Rutgers and UMDNJ students. To top all of this, the property is right by the Raritan River offering a splendid view. All our contact information is the same. The only change is in the street address. We hope that this change won't inconvenience you our customers for long.

Since the last issue of eGorgias, I am happy to report that we have published 150 books. I am including a select list of books in our new releases section below. Also check out our Analecta Gorgiana Series which has about 100 new releases, most of which are priced in the $20s.

Our largest achievement this month is the publication of Oriens Christianus (1901-1941) in 36 volumes, with a new introduction by its editor Hubert Kaufhold. We would like to thank Princeton Theological Seminary library for loaning the originals, and Dr. Andreas Juckel of Münster for providing missing images and general advice.

Christine Kiraz


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Included below is a select list of recent releases. For the complete list, please visit our Just Published page.

Oriens Christianus (1901-1941)
By Anton Baumstark

ISBN 978-1-60724-137-9
Hardback, $3900 (BiblioPerks™ $3,510.00)

For more than a century Oriens Christianus has been one of the leading international periodicals in the domain of Eastern Christian Studies. From its very beginning in 1901 it covers the complete range of Eastern Churches and languages as well as liturgy, art, archaeology, and, to a minor extent, Islam. This long-lived periodical is a tool for tracing the development of Eastern Christian studies in general and the history of Oriental scholarship in Germany in particular. The early volumes of the journal facilitated the formation of a scholarly Orientalist community. They established a standard of scholarship and criticism beyond national and ecclesiastical polemics. This 35-volume collection gathers all the contributions of Oriens Christianus from 1901 until 1941.

The Neo-Aramaic Dialect of Bohtan
By Samuel Fox

ISBN 978-1-60724-133-1
Hardback, $102.2 (BiblioPerks™ $91.98)

This volume describes the Neo-Aramaic dialect that is spoken descendants of Christian villagers from a district in Southeast Turkey, now largely resident in Russia. This volume is based on fieldwork carried out by the author in Russia, Georgia, and the United States. The volume contains a historical introduction, a grammatical description, transcribed and translated texts, and a glossary with etymological notes.

Time and Astronomy in Past Cultures
By Arkadiusz Soltysiak

ISBN 978-1-60724-668-8
Hardback, $102.56 (BiblioPerks™ $92.30)

The volume contains 12 papers presented at the conference "Time and Astronomy in Past Cultures" (Torun, Poland 2005). Five of them concern Near Eastern calendars and sky-watching, three are devoted to European archaeoastronomy (including a paper on Stonehenge), two represent ethnoarchaeological research in the Baltic area.

Die Melodien der Jakobitischen Kirche
By Heinrich Husmann

ISBN 978-1-59333-801-5
Hardback, $220.72 (BiblioPerks™ $198.65)

Published two years apart, the work of musicologist Heinrich Husmann on the music of the Syriac Orthodox Church remains a unique contribution to the liturgical study of that tradition. The first volume of this set is a study of the melodies of the weekly breviaries, arranged by the canonical hours of the days of the week. These studies are according to the offices as sung by Mor Cyril (Qorillos) Jacob, then Metropolitan of Damascus. The second volume contains the vigils, recorded by Mor Jacob’s brother, Malphono Asmar Khouri. The vigils, in eight modes, are dedicated to the Virgin Mary, the saints, penitence, and the departed.

Victorian Images of Islam
By Clinton Bennett

ISBN 978-1-60724-673-2
Hardback, $105.68 (BiblioPerks™ $95.11)

Victorian perceptions of Islam were not monochrome. Some saw beyond stereotypical images, others reproduced them. In this study, the latter were technically better equipped, suggesting that presuppositions, not encounter per se, determine how we see cultural and religious others.

Holy Bits
By Thomas Naef

ISBN 978-1-60724-327-4
Hardback, $104 (BiblioPerks™ $93.60)

This book is an excellent resource for students, scholars, pastors and other people interested into biblical studies for their daily work at the computer. It can be used as text book as well as a reference work.

Baptism in Early Byzantine Palestine 325-451
By Juliette Day

ISBN 978-1-60724-393-9
Hardback, $88 (BiblioPerks™ $79.20)

Juliette Day read a fascinating paper on this subject at the SLS Conference in 1998, and has now turned it into a published Study. It is distinguished by her great care about issues of both topography and dating in relation to Palestine, and in the process she both corrects other scholars and gives a notable overview of a special period.

Ambrosianum Mysterium
By Cesare Alzati

ISBN 978-1-60724-394-6
Hardback, $88 (BiblioPerks™ $79.20)

The author is the Milanese expert on the Ambrosian rite and this (with Volume.2) makes available in English very important material previously virtually unknown here.

The Works of Sahdona (Martyrius)
By Paul Bedjan

ISBN 978-1-59333-677-6
Hardback, $186.8 (BiblioPerks™ $168.12)

Bedjan presents Sahdona’s Book of Perfection, a significant resource for the study of East Syrian monasticism, and some shorter works. Also included are several homilies by Jacob of Sarug on Jesus, Mary, virginity and the Council of Nicea.

Bioarchaeology of the Near East 1 (2007)
By Arkadiusz Soltysiak

ISBN 978-1-60724-666-4
Hardback, $110 (BiblioPerks™ $99.00)

Bioarchaeology of the Near East (Volume 1, 2007) includes contributions by Theya Molleson, Douglas H. Ubelaker, and Joseph L. Rife, as well as short fieldwork reprots.

Le texte grec des récits du moine Anastase sur les saints pères du Sinaï
By François Nau

ISBN 978-1-60724-676-3
Paperback, $19.84 (BiblioPerks™ $17.86)

François Nau collated various manuscripts containing stories about the holy fathers of Sinai and presents here the critical and annotated text. These stories offer otherwise unknown information about St. John Climacus and include useful historical and geographic details.

Abû-l-Barakats nichtgriechisches Verzeichnis der 70 Jünger
By Anton Baumstark

ISBN 978-1-60724-680-0
Paperback, $20.32 (BiblioPerks™ $18.29)

Abu-al-Barakat published two versions of the list of seventy disciples sent out by Jesus. Anton Baumstark presents here the Arabic text, along with a Latin translation, of Barakat’s list that was allegedly translated a non-Greek source.

Un recueil de sentences attribué à Isaac le Syrien
By Marius Besson

ISBN 978-1-60724-675-6
Paperback, $19.12 (BiblioPerks™ $17.21)

Marius Besson presents the critical text of two manuscripts containing an apophthegmatic text with sayings attributed to Isaac of Nineveh. The text also includes a separate apparatus with references to parallel texts in various early Christian documents.


Here is a select list of forthcoming publications. Click here for a complete list.

Texts and Translations of the Chronicle of Michael the Great
This invaluable nine-volume set on the Chronicle of Michael the Great makes the scholarly resources on this unique manuscript available together for the first time. Now inaccessible, the Chronicle is the largest medieval chronicle known, and is available here for the first time in history as a facsimile copy of the original manuscript, as well as in a copy of the original Syriac, the French translation, an abbreviated Armenian recension, and Arabic versions. The Chronicle is one of the most important primary sources on the history of the Middle East, especially the period between the rise of Islam and the Crusades.
ISBN 978-1-59333-114-6, Hardback, $1550 (BiblioPerks™ $1,395.00)

A Translation of the Four Gospels from the Syriac of the Sinaitic Palimpsest
Agnes Lewis was the discoverer of the Sinaitic Palimpsest, the oldest Syriac manuscript of the New Testament. Here she publishes her English translation of that text to make it available to Bible students who do not read Syriac. Included are the four canonical Gospels and a list of omitted words and phrases as well as interpolations into the Textus Receptus.
ISBN 978-1-59333-531-1, Hardback, $115 (BiblioPerks™ $103.50)

Une lettre de Sévère d'Antioche à la diaconesse Anastasie
Marius Chaîne publishes the Coptic text and French translation of a letter attributed to Severus of Antioch and addressed to the deaconess Anastasia. In the introduction, Chaîne discusses the attribution to Severus and the exegetical method displayed within the letter.
ISBN 978-1-60724-774-6, Paperback, $19.24 (BiblioPerks™ $17.32)

L'Octoëchos Syrien
Oriental liturgical experts Jules Jeannin and Julien Puyade survey the historical development and musical features of the Greek Octoechos musical tradition as it was adopted, adapted, and utilized in the Syriac tradition.
ISBN 978-1-60724-775-3, Paperback, $21.4 (BiblioPerks™ $19.26)

Ein Brief des Elias bar Sinaja über die Wahl des Katholikos Iso'jahb IV
Bernhard Vandenhoff publishes here a German translation of the letter of Elias bar Shenaya in which he publicly denounces the election of Catholicos Isho’yahb IV. In the introduction, Vandenhoff also briefly describes the historical circumstances that produced the letter.
ISBN 978-1-60724-776-0, Paperback, $22 (BiblioPerks™ $19.80)

Untersuchungen zur syrischen Überlieferung der Siebenschläferlegende und Die älteste Gestalt der Siebenschläferlegende
Arthur Allgeier publishes here two articles concerning the “Legend of the Seven Sleepers” in the Syriac tradition. The first article includes a discussion of the text’s transmission history and the second includes the Syriac text, German translation, and apparatus.
ISBN 978-1-60724-777-7, Paperback, $37 (BiblioPerks™ $33.30)

Die Anaphora des hl. Jakobus, des Bruders der Herrn
Sebastian Euringer publishes here the Ethiopic text and German translation of an anaphora attributed to James, the brother of Jesus.
ISBN 978-1-60724-778-4, Paperback, $18.76 (BiblioPerks™ $16.88)

Shmona, Guria and Habib Edessan Martyrs
In this book the Syriac texts along with translations of the tales of the martyrs are introduced by Professor Burkitt with a commentary focusing on the historicity of the different accounts.
ISBN 978-1-59333-873-2, Paperback, $50.7 (BiblioPerks™ $45.63)

The Tale of Euphemia and the Goth
This book provides the Syriac text along with a translation of the tale of Euphemia and the martyrs’ deliverance of her from the Goth.
ISBN 978-1-59333-876-3, Paperback, $44.2 (BiblioPerks™ $39.78)

Hunayn ibn Ishaq and the Kitab Adab al-falasifah: The Pursuit of Wisdom and a Humane Polity in Early Abbasid Baghdad
With a focus on the Kitab Adab al-falasifah, a book of aphorisms attributed to ?unayn ibn Is?aq, some of the important aspects of the Kitab are laid out, particularly those dealing with religion and the pursuit of philosophy. Although putatively translators, scholars such as ?unayn ibn Is?aq opened the way for philosophical dialogue between Muslims and Christians of Orthodox churches on precepts, often based on Aristotle, they could agree would lead to wisdom and a humane society.
ISBN 978-1-60724-043-3, Paperback, $29 (BiblioPerks™ $26.10)

The Early Bishops of Edessa
Originally delivered as one of the St. Margaret’s Lectures for 1904, the contents of this booklet are focused on aspects of the Syriac-speaking Church. Extracted from Burkitt’s book Early Eastern Christianity, the first lecture concerns the early bishops of Edessa. Starting from the basic difference between Eastern and Western Christian outlooks, Burkitt briefly sketches the early history of documented Edessa. Christianity appeared in the city between its sacking by the Romans and its incorporation into the Roman Empire around the start of the third century A.D.
ISBN 978-1-60724-123-2, Paperback, $29 (BiblioPerks™ $26.10)

The Bible in Syriac
Originally delivered as one of the St. Margaret’s Lectures for 1904, the contents of this booklet are focused on aspects of the Syriac-speaking Church. Extracted from Burkitt’s book Early Eastern Christianity, the second lecture proposes a theory of how the Syriac Bible was compiled. Burkitt considers the role of the Peshitta, the Diatessaron, and the four Gospels and how their history at Edessa suggests that the Syriac Bible appeared.
ISBN 978-1-60724-125-6, Paperback, $29 (BiblioPerks™ $26.10)

Early Syriac Theology
Originally delivered as one of the St. Margaret’s Lectures for 1904, the contents of this booklet are focused on aspects of the Syriac-speaking Church. Extracted from Burkitt’s book Early Eastern Christianity, the third lecture concerns the theology of Eastern Christianity. Burkitt provides a brief survey of the work of Aphraates, Philoxenus of Mabbug, Ephraim the Syrian, and Rabbula.
ISBN 978-1-60724-126-3, Paperback, $29 (BiblioPerks™ $26.10)

Caesar, Cicero and Ferrero
Sihler's critique of Ferrero's history of Rome, using Cicero and Caesar's work to evaluate the Italian scholar's use of source material.
ISBN 978-1-60724-656-5, Paperback, $21.52 (BiblioPerks™ $19.37)

The Origin of the Modern Syrian
An extremely provocative text, Bishara pleads the case of the Arab-American to be seen and treated as equal members of American society. An insightful peek into Arab-American self-identity around the turn of the 20th century, Bishara’s essay is of interest to ethnographer and historian alike.
ISBN 978-1-59333-693-6, Paperback, $45 (BiblioPerks™ $40.50)

New Dictionary of the Armenian Language
Considered to be the most complete dictionary of Old Armenian (also known as Classical Armenian or Grabar, this historic dictionary is essential to the study of this language. Written by three members of the Mekhitarist Order, this project represented the first major attempt to document Old Armenian in any comprehensive way. This two-volume reference work is presented in the Classical Armenian alphabet with definitions given in Latin. The language of this dictionary represents the earliest known form of Armenian, making its value for the history of the language evident.
ISBN 978-1-59333-905-0, Hardback, $515 (BiblioPerks™ $463.50)

Oriental Codices of Lund University Library
As the title of the volume ably indicates, this historical catalogue is a record of the Oriental codices in the library of the Royal University of Lund. After a brief introduction in Latin he divides the materials into different religious or language groups, beginning with Islamic materials, the largest category. Hebrew, Syriac, and Sabaean codices complete the collection.
ISBN 978-1-59333-893-0, Hardback, $89 (BiblioPerks™ $80.10)

The Christians of St. Thomas and Their Liturgies
Originally written to inspire sympathy for their Eastern Christian compatriots among the membership of the Church of England, Howard’s study has become a touchstone for those seeking a sense of antique Christian liturgical practice. After providing a history of the “St. Thomas Christians,” the Orthodox Christians of India, up until the mid-nineteenth century, Howard presents English translations of six different anaphorae in use in Christendom: namely, those of St. James, St. Peter, The Twelve Apostles, Mar Dionysius Barsalibi, Mar Xystus, and Mar Evannis.
ISBN 978-1-59333-800-8, Hardback, $122.96 (BiblioPerks™ $110.66)

Journal of the Canadian Society for Syriac Studies
Volume 9 includes the following articles by Alexander Treiger, Mark Dickens, Emmanuel Joseph Mar-Emmanuel, Khalid Dinno and Amir Harrak, and Martin Tamcke.
ISBN 978-1-60724-686-2, Paperback, $73 (BiblioPerks™ $65.70)

Chronicle of the Unknown Edessan
The Syriac Chronicle of the Unknown Edessan (Chronicle of 1234) is an important resource for the period stretching from early Islam until the Crusades. The original manuscript, dating from the fourteenth century, was discovered by Patriarch Afram II Rahmani in Istanbul in 1899. The Syriac text was published by Chabot in collaboration with Afram Barsoum (later Patriarch Afram I Barsoum). The chronicle consists of two parts: Part I covers early world history, while Part II covers early Islam and is an eyewitness account of the Crusades. In this edition, Albert Abouna provides an Arabic translation of Part II with annotations. The volume includes comprehensive indices of names and places.
ISBN 978-1-60724-695-4, Hardback, $140 (BiblioPerks™ $126.00)


Greetings Gorgiasians! I am happy to report that I am now back at my desk after a few months away on maternity leave. I am the very proud mother of a 16-week-old baby boy, James. He is asleep beside me as I write!

As you can see from the list below we have some very exciting projects in the acquisitions pipeline for 2010.

On the series front - we will be kicking off a new one this year on musical studies - the first in the series an edited collection entitled The Historiography of Music in Global Perspective.

As always we are also on the look-out for new manuscripts. If you have a proposal to submit, please send it to us at

Katie Stott, Acquisitions and Production Editor

The Gorgias Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Syriac Heritage By Sebastian Brock
The Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Syriac Heritage is the first major Syriac encyclopedia, covering approximately 500 articles. It is part of a larger long-term project aiming at publishing a comprehensive encyclopedia of the Syriac heritage. The Encyclopedia covers the Syriac heritage in its entirety from the dawn of Christianity until the modern day.
ISBN 978-1-59333-714-8, Hardback, $98 (BiblioPerks™ $88.20)

Community Participation in Scripture Version Design By Diphus Chemorion

This book offers an in-depth study of a functionalist approach to translation. The book provides an excellent model for involving communities in the production of acceptable and function-oriented alternative scripture versions.

ISBN 978-1-60724-408-0, Hardback, $100 (BiblioPerks™ $90.00)

Jacob of Sarug's Homily on New Sunday, and the Apostle Thomas By Thomas Joseph
This volume gives a bilingual Syriac-English edition of Saint Jacob of Sarug’s homily on New Sunday, and the Apostle of Thomas. 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 978-1-59333-921-0, Paperback, $50 (BiblioPerks™ $45.00)

The Neo-Aramaic Dialect of Telkepe By Eleanor Coghill
This volume presents a description of the Neo-Aramaic dialect that is spoken by the Chaldean Christians of Telkepe in northern Iraq. The material for the volume was gathered in fieldwork conducted with fluent speakers of the dialect. The volume consists of a detailed grammatical description, a corpus of transcribed texts, including folktales and descriptions of customs, and an extensive glossary.
ISBN 978-1-60724-174-4, Hardback, $128 (BiblioPerks™ $115.20)

The Christian Neo-Aramaic Dialect of Urmi By Geoffrey Khan
This volume presents a description of the Neo-Aramaic dialect that is spoken by the Assyrian Christians of Urmi in north-western Iran. The material for the volume was gathered firsthand from native speakers. The volume consists of a detailed grammatical description, a corpus of transcribed texts, including folktales, historical accounts and portrayals of customs, and an extensive glossary.
ISBN 978-1-60724-131-7, Hardback, $128 (BiblioPerks™ $115.20)

The Neo-Aramaic Dialect of Ha??an By Alinda Damsma
This volume presents a documentation of the endangered Neo-Aramaic dialect spoken by the Christians of Ha??an in South-East Turkey. The grammatical description is based on fieldwork conducted amongst the Ha??an community in Belgium. The dialectal features are discussed in relationship to other North Eastern Neo-Aramaic dialects, the earlier forms of Aramaic, as well as the surrounding (non-)Semitic languages. The study concludes with several folktales that are presented in transcription with an annotated translation.
ISBN 978-1-60724-132-4, Hardback, $100 (BiblioPerks™ $90.00)

The Christian Neo-Aramaic Dialect of Ankawa By Roberta Borghero
This volume presents a description of the Neo Aramaic dialect spoken by the Christians (Chaldeans) of Ankawa (North Eastern Iraq). The material for the volume was gathered firsthand in fieldwork conducted among Ankawa speakers in Sweden, Australia and the United States. The volume consists of a grammatical description (phonology and morphology) of the dialect and a small corpus of transcribed texts (such as personal memories, folk stories and accounts of the traditional customs of the community).
ISBN 978-1-60724-135-5, Hardback, $100 (BiblioPerks™ $90.00)

Scepticism and Ironic Correlations in the Joy Statements of Qoheleth? By William Anderson
Contrary to “popular belief”, the Book of Ecclesiastes (Qoheleth) is not a “book of joy”. Anderson closely examines the seven “joy statements” of Qoheleth which appear to be complex ironies—whereby what is said is both meant and not meant. Consequently Qoheleth still leaves the reader guessing about the meaning of life.
ISBN 978-1-60724-322-9, Hardback, $114.2 (BiblioPerks™ $102.78)

Politics and Trade of Southern Iran and The Persian Gulf, 1720 -1820: By Thomas Ricks
Unlike the traditional 18th and early 19th century historical narratives, the present work focuses on the trade and politics of local merchants and port rulers as a way of understanding the continued stability of Persian, Arab, Armenian, Jewish and Indian communities during a period frequently described as one of "anarchy" and "piracy."
ISBN 978-1-59333-957-9, Hardback, $105 (BiblioPerks™ $94.50)


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