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e-Gorgias (Issue 4, February 2006)


Issue 4
February 2006
Reading Time: 10 minutes

Welcome to this fourth issue of e-Gorgias, the monthly newsletter of Gorgias Press. In celebration of Valentine's Day, we are offering a 30% discount on Eros and Ritual in Ancient Literature. This issue also explains how you can get great savings year-round on all books when you use our new website feature Best Together.

"I think the world of Gorgias Press," says the February Gorgias Enthusiast, Princeton Theological Seminary's president Iain Torrance. Read below about Iain Torrance's life and his reading recomendations. In this issue we also pay tribute to the late Bishop Çiçek of Holland who was regarded as one of the four pillars of the Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch.

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Here are some highlights of our new releases. Click on each title to go to the full book page. For the complete list, click here.

Christology After Chalcedon
By Iain Torrance
ISBN 1-57910-110-0, Pb, $25

In the first part of the sixth century, variant forms of Monophysitism existed. In 'Christology after Chalcedon', Iain Torrance provides a theological introduction and a translation of the letters between Severus of Antioch and Sergius the Grammarian. Severus was the Monophysite Patriarch of Antioch - a leader of the moderate Monophysites whose doctrine adhered more closely to Catholic teaching and whose primary divergence from orthodoxy was terminological. Though little is known of Sergius, it is apparent from his letters that he was a Monophysite of the more extreme sort. The correspondence between Sergius and Severus comprises three letters from Sergius, three replies by Severus, and an apology by Sergius.

Islamic Theories of Finance: With an Introduction to Islamic Law and a Bibliography
By Nicolas Aghnides
New Introduction by Michael Morony
ISBN 1-59333-311-0, Hb, $75

This book is a pioneering introduction in English to Islamic law, based directly on the Arabic texts. It has stood the test of time as an ample account of Muslim legal theories with regard to state finance, done in English, using the terms of the legal texts themselves.

Foundations for Syriac Lexicography
Edited by A. Dean Forbes and David G.K. Taylor

ISBN 1-59333-138-X, Hb, $68

This volume is the first in a series that addresses issues of Syriac linguistics, as they relate to a contemporary approach to lexicography.

The Patriarchs of the Church of the East
By Daniel Benjamin

ISBN 0-9707489-2-2, Pb, $48

A comparative chronology of the Patriarchs of the Church of the East based on twenty-two sources, five of which are previously unpublished. Benjamin reveals a great number of differences between the sources. Benjamin also highlights all the inconsistencies, omissions, errors and some dates of successions of some patriarchs that were apparently based on assumption.

Thirty Years in the Harem
Melek Hanim
New Introduction by Irvin C. Schick

ISBN 1-59333-208-4, Hb, $65

Melek Hanim's sensationalist account of life in Turkey contains details of political intrigue and corruption, and demonstrates the influence and mobility available to women in the official households of the Ottoman elite.

By Selma Ekrem
New Introduction by Carolyn Goffman

ISBN 1-59333-209-2, Hb, $65

This book covers Ekrem's family's sojourns outside of Istanbul, when her father was governor of Jerusalem during the 1908 Young Turk revolution. It also covers his governorship of the Greek Archipelago Islands, where the family was held captive during the Balkan Wars.

The Unveiled Ladies of Istanbul (Stamboul)
By Demetra Vaka Brown
New Introduction by Yiorgos Kalogeras

ISBN 1-59333-216-5, Hb, $65

The Unveiled Ladies of Stamboul (Istanbul) is a picturesque description of women's life in post World War I Turkey during a period of social and political turmoil. She reports on Mustafa Kemal's successful project of female emancipation as part of the nationalist agenda.

`Enbe men Karmo Suryoyo (Bunches of Grapes from the Syriac Vineyard) - A Syriac Chrestomathy By Martin Zammit
This chrestomathy includes selections from the best known Syriac authors as well as less familiar ones. In addition to short biographical introductions, the book includes grammatical annotations, and Syriac-English, English-Syriac glossaries. This publication is most welcome since the chrestomathies of the twentieth century have long been out of print. ISBN 1-59333-346-3, Hb, $65

The Wisdom of Isaac the Syrian: A Bilingual Edition By Sebastian Brock
Here, in the inaugural volume of the Texts from Christian Late Antiquity (TeCLA) series, Gorgias Press is pleased to present Sebastian Brock’s masterful English translation of St. Issac’s writings accompanied for the first time by the Syriac text. ISBN 1-59333-335-8, Hb, $38

Celebrate Valentine's day by reading an excellent account of mythological literature in the ancient world, Gorgias author Evangelia Anagnostou-Laoutide's Eros and Ritual in Ancient Literature. This book examines popular erotic myths with regard to their origins and literary treatment throughout antiquity, reinforcing the association between cult and mythology in literature.

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Eros and Ritual in Ancient Literature
By Evangelia Anagnostou-Laoutides
ISBN 1-931956-72-3, Hb, $75 [sale price: $52.50]

The book examines the dynamic of erotic myths in ancient literature; in the myths of Atalanta and Daphnis metaphors for "falling in love" derive from Near Eastern cults and hold the keys to the understanding of Latin Elegy and the Greek bucolic.

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Gorgiasians have chosen Iain Torrance, President of Princeton Theological Seminary, as the Gorgias Enthusiast of the Month

Iain R. Torrance was born in Aberdeen, Scotland and earned a D.Phil in Syriac patristics at Oxford University (Oriel College). He began teaching as a lecturer at Queen’s College, Birmingham and the University of Birmingham, then he joined the faculty of Aberdeen University where he became professor in patristics and Christian ethics. In 2001 he became Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Divinity, and in the same year was appointed a chaplain to Her Majesty the Queen, an office he still retains. His wide-ranging scholarship has focused on early Christian thought, the ethics of war, and bioethics. Torrance is married to Morag Ann (née MacHugh), and they have a son, Hew, and a daughter, Robyn. He was elected Princeton Theological Seminary’s sixth president in April 2004 and took office on July 1, 2004. The Priceton Theological Seminary regularly purchases Gorgias Press books.

When asked to say a few words to e-Gorgias readers, Iain replied with the following:

"I first had contact with George Kiraz, now President of Gorgias Press, 18 years ago when I received an award from The British Academy towards the publication of my book, Christology after Chalcedon: Severus of Antioch and Sergius the Monophysite. At the time, George was still an undergraduate student in California. These were relatively early days for personal computers, and George had just developed Syriac fonts, which seemed utterly miraculous. I contacted him, and found that they worked instantly and easily. I have been one of his admirers ever since.

"For the last twenty-five years I have worked whenever I can on the literature and theology of Christians in the sixth century, and more broadly, on the theology of the Syriac-speaking church. For those who prize the absolutely distinctive contributions of that tradition, Gorgias Press is the modern treasure house. This is the only place where contemporary younger scholars may obtain reprinted editions of the classics in the Syriac Biblical tradition, for example, F. C. Burkitt’s Evangelion Da-Mepharreshe, or the critical text of the Peshitta Gospels, Tetraeuangelium Sanctum, edited by Pusey and Gwilliam. Alongside such fundamental classics, there are new editions of contemporary textbooks, like John Healey’s First Studies in Syriac, which now is sold by Gorgias with a CD containing sample texts from the book vocalized according to East and West Syriac pronunciations. These are absolutely invaluable tools. Backed by the energy and vision of George Kiraz and his wife Christine, Gorgias Press is producing an ever widening range of books and other publications from Eastern Christianity and Judaica. I cannot recommend it too highly."

Iain Torrance's recommendations include the following:

Evangelion Da-Mepharreshe
E. Burkitt
ISBN 1-59333-061-8, 2 vols., Hb, $125
The standard edition of the Curetonian manuscript, with the Sinai text in the footnotes. One volume contains the Syriac text with facing English translation; the other contains a discussion of the Old Syriac version.

Tetraeuangelium Sanctum [Syriac Gospels, A Critical Edition]
By Pusey and Gwilliam
ISBN 1-931956-33-2, Hb, $88
The standard critical edition of the Syriac Peshitta Gospels that satisfies requirements of scholarly research by its sound philological principles.

Healey, John. Leshono Suryoyo: First Studies in Syriac
By John Healey
ISBN 1-59333-191-6, Hb, $39
Leshono Suryoyo is an introductory grammar for students of Classical Syriac. Designed for students with no prior knowledge of Semitic languages, the book contains full grammatical explanations in simple language, as well as readings from Syriac authors.

Archbishop Mor Julius Yeshu Çiçek (1942-2005)

The passing of His Eminence Mor Julius Yeshu Çiçek was deeply felt by the staff of Gorgias Press. Gorgias President, George A. Kiraz, was ordained a subdeacon in 1983 by the late Archbishop, and had his first book Ikd ul-Juman: The Syriac Orthodox in the Holy Land published by Çiçek's publishing house, Bar Hebraeus Verlag. The funeral, held on November 5, 2005, at the Cathedral of the Holy Virgin Mary in Glane, Losser, The Netherlands, was attended by more than 15,000 people and featured live in local television stations in Holland.

Mor Julius Yeshu Çiçek was born in 1942 in Upper Kafro, in Tur Abdin (Southeast-Turkey). At the age of nine he went to the seminary at the Monastery of Za'faran (Dayro d'Kurkmo) to study theology, Syriac, Turkish, and Arabic. In 1958 he was ordained a sub-deacon and appointed as a secretary to the Metropolitan Mor Philoxenos Yohannon Dolabani of Mardin. In 1960 he became a novice in the monastery of Mor Gabriel in Tur 'Abdin and subsequently appointed as a lecturer of theology. There he developed his skills in the art of calligraphy, and became a famous scribe. He was ordained a priest in 1969 and in 1979 the late Patriarch Mor Ignatius Yacob III ordained him as a Patriarchal Vicar for the new diocese of Middle-Europe and the Benelux countries. From that time on, he put his relentless energy into building and expanding his diocesse. He was responsible for the purchase of the monastery of Mor Ephrem in 1981, which was consecrated in 1984. In 1986, he founded the publishing house Bar Hebraeus Verlag where he published more than 120 books, thirty of them hand-scribed. In 1992 he was awarded the honorific title of Mor Yacob Burd'ono by His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Zaka I Iwas, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East.

"Archbishop Çiçek will be remembered as one of the pillars of the Syriac church during the second half of the twentieth century," said Gorgias President George Kiraz. "His contribution to the Syriac literature and heritage are unmatched. We will be indebted to him for a long time."

Çiçek's  funeral was a stately affair attended by many scholars and local and international dignitaries. You can click here to watch the entire service broadcast, where the Archbishop is seated on his throne during the entire service according to the Eastern Christian traditions.

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