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e-Gorgias (Issue 41, November 2010)

 

Issue 41
November 2010
Reading Time: 15 minutes
 

SBL and MESA are just days away, and as the crisp November air signals the arrival of the holiday season, we are not only turning new leaves in our exciting line up of books but have also kicked off our Holiday Sale.

That’s right avid readers, now is the time to stock up on Gorgias publications. So hurry, from now until December 31st, Michael Sokoloff’s A Syriac Lexicon is available at 30% off, and all Gorgias titles are discounted at 40% off the list price. Plus, buy five books and we'll send you a 30% discount coupon that you can use throughout 2011. Already, many have won 30% discounts towards purchases of books for 2011! Can't decide what to get? Just download our 2011 Catalog for suggestions that will be sure to tickle your curiosity. Don’t miss your chance to get your desired readings at the best prices of the year.

We have limited copies of Aramaic: The Language Spoken by Jesus Christ, a DVD set corresponding to the The Hidden Pearl set. Equipped with an easy to understand guide through the history of the Aramaic language, this set is a must-have for all interested in all matters of Syriac.

We would like to remind our outstanding graduate school audience that we are accepting applications for the Gorgias Book Grant in any subject area in which Gorgias publishes. The deadline for applications is January 31, 2011! Please visit our book grants page for details.

Gorgias Press is pleased to introduce Analecta Isisiana to our Ottoman Studies enthusiasts. This co-publication with The Isis Press, Istanbul, is a collection of essays focused on themes of Ottoman and Turkish studies throughout history. With many exciting titles pervading various areas of study, there is bound to be something to spark your interest.

Christine Kiraz

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  • Recently Released
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  • From the Acquisitions Desk
  • News: Gorgias on Facebook
  • In Memoriam: Peter Gubser
  • Reviews of Gorgias Books
  • Conferences

 


 





Due to high production volume, we can't list of all the new releases here. Below we include a select list of recent releases. For the complete list, please visit our Just Published page.

 

A Brief Introduction to the Semitic Languages
By Aaron Rubin

ISBN 978-1-61719-860-1
Paperback, $29.2 (BiblioPerks™ $17.52)

This is a typological overview of the Semitic languages, ancient and modern, including phonology, morphology, syntax, lexicon, and a guide to further study. All of the many examples include morphemic glosses, making them clear and accessible to a wide readership.



The History of the Great Deeds of Bishop Paul of Qentos and Priest John of Edessa
By Hans Arneson

ISBN 978-1-60724-670-1
Paperback, $27.88 (BiblioPerks™ $16.73)

Set in the fifth-century, the History of Paul and John narrates the wonders experienced and performed by two holy men in their life together in Edessa and on their pilgrimage to Sinai. This is the first published edition and translation of this fascinating Syriac hagiography.



Dissent and Heterodoxy in the Late Ottoman Empire
By Necati Alkan

ISBN 978-1-60724-092-1
Hardback, $112.4 (BiblioPerks™ $67.44)

This is a series of essays on various religious issues from the Late Ottoman period.



The Ottoman Empire, the Balkans, the Greek Lands
By Elias Kolovos

ISBN 978-1-61719-099-5
Hardback, $123.56 (BiblioPerks™ $74.14)

This volume is a collection of essays written in honor of Professor John C. Alexander on the topic of the Ottoman Balkans and the Ottoman Greek community.



Historical Image of the Turk in Europe, 15th Century to the Present
By Mustafa Soykut

ISBN 978-1-61719-093-3
Hardback, $119.48 (BiblioPerks™ $71.69)

The European view of “the Turk” is taken up in this series of articles, which address the representations of Turks and Turkey from the Ottoman period until the present.



Archaeologies of Water in the Roman Near East
By Zena Kamash

ISBN 978-1-61143-421-7
Hardback, $110 (BiblioPerks™ $66.00)

This book explores the attitudes of the inhabitants of the Roman Near East towards water and water use. It aims to see how this can inform us about the nature of Roman Imperialism, the Roman economy, change and transformation in late Antiquity and the role of religion in people's lives.



Jacob of Sarug's Homilies on Elisha
By Stephen Kaufman

ISBN 978-1-60724-302-1
Paperback, $88 (BiblioPerks™ $52.80)

This volume gives a bilingual Syriac-English edition of Saint Jacob of Sarug’s homilies on Elisha. 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.



Aramaic: The Language Spoken by Jesus Christ
By Anonymous

ISBN 978-1-61143-663-1
DVD, $40 (BiblioPerks™ $24.00)

Gorgias Press is delighted to present this two DVD set on the history of the Aramaic heritage traced through its most notable tracks, the Aramaic language. Complementing the The Hidden Pearl series, this DVD set is equipped with an easy- to-understand guide through all the major historical periods, from ancient times to its modern day use in Syriac heritage churches, and places where the this language can be traced; it is a must-have set for anyone interested in Syriac studies.



Scepticism and Ironic Correlations in the Joy Statements of Qoheleth?
By William Anderson

ISBN 978-1-60724-322-9
Hardback, $114.2 (BiblioPerks™ $68.52)

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.



From Anglo-First-Wave towards American Second-Wave Jewish Feminism: Negotiating with Jewish Feminist Theology and its Communities in the Writing of Amy Levy
By Luke Devine

ISBN 978-1-61719-915-8
Hardback, $113.84 (BiblioPerks™ $68.30)

This book completely redefines our understanding of Amy Levy and her writing. Demonstrating that Levy’s writing is less anti-Judaic and more profoundly inflected by the religious concerns of classical German Reformism, Luke Devine's innovative approach reveals that Levy's writing constitutes a genre whose female subjectivity evidences a concern for justice and authority that prefigures numerous aspects of Second-Wave Jewish feminist theory and its spiritual and theological underpinnings.



Late Antique Motifs in Yezidi Oral Tradition
By Eszter Spät

ISBN 978-1-60724-998-6
Hardback, $149.48 (BiblioPerks™ $89.69)

Yezidis are a mysterious people of the Kurdish mountains who practice a highly syncretistic religion based exclusively on oral tradition. This work aims to demonstrate how this oral tradition works through tracing the presence and use of late antique motifs in Yezidi mythology.



The Book of Lamentations and the Social World of Judah in the Neo-Babylonian Era
By Lauress Wilkins

ISBN 978-1-60724-112-6
Hardback, $113.24 (BiblioPerks™ $67.94)

The Book of Lamentations and the Social World of Judah in the Neo-Babylonian Era explores the changing social dynamics, religious customs and political and economic structures of rural and urban Judeans, after Babylonia's destruction of Jerusalem in 586 BCE.






 





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

 

Jacob of Serugh and His Times
This volume is a collection of studies on the Syriac sixth century writer Jacob of Sarug by a team of international scholars, including Susan Ashbrook Harvey, Sebastian P. Brock, Sharbil Iskandar Bcheiry, Khalid Dinno, Sidney Griffith , Mary Hansubry, Amir Harrak , George A. Kiraz , Edward Matthews, Aho Shemunkasho, and Lucas Van Rompay.
ISBN 978-1-60724-049-5, Hardback, $116 (BiblioPerks™ $69.60)

Perspectives on Hebrew Scriptures VI
This volume incorporates all the articles and reviews published in the Journal of Hebrew Scriptures in 2009. It includes contributions by Mark A. Christian, George Athas, Philippe Guillaume, Thomas M. Bolin, Ehud Ben Zvi, Jakob Wöhrle, Klaas Spronk, Daniel Timmer, Rachelle Gilmour, Mark J. Boda, Matthew Forrest Lowe, Roland Boer, Steven Schweitzer, James M. Kennedy, Andrew C. Gow, Saul M. Olyan, Bob Becking, Raymond F. Person Jr., Richard Nelson, Steven McKenzie, Eckart Otto, Yairah Amit, Thomas Römer, Ernst Axel Knauf, Robert D. Holmstedt, Oded Lipschits, Aron Pinker, Karolien Vermeulen, Thomas Renz, Israel Finkelstein, George Savran, and John Van Seters. The review section includes more than eighty reviews.
ISBN 978-1-61143-004-2, Hardback, $196.88 (BiblioPerks™ $118.13)

Edirne
Based on extensive archival research, this book presents the state of Jewish schooling in Ottoman Edirne during the period of activity by the Alliance Israelite Universelle.
ISBN 978-1-61719-145-9, Hardback, $105.8 (BiblioPerks™ $63.48)

Syriac Churches Encountering Islam
Studies on past experiences of Syriac Churches in the Middle East and India, during the times of the Four Caliphs, the Umayyads, Abbasids, and the Ottoman periods, are discussed; the present situation and future perspectives are also analyzed.
ISBN 978-1-61143-001-1, Hardback, $111.8 (BiblioPerks™ $67.08)

Bedrossian's Armenian-English Dictionary
In 1875 Matthias Bedrossian undertook to update earlier Armenian dictionaries, but he succeeded in producing a completely reworked Armenian-English dictionary. This updated edition is presented by Gorgias with a new introduction by Edward G Mathews Jr.
ISBN 978-1-61719-886-1, Hardback, $176 (BiblioPerks™ $105.60)

Tabaqat-I Nasiri
Tabaqat-I Nasiri is an Islamic universal history, from Adam to the historian's own time, about 1260. Particularly valuable on the Mongols and on the Sultanate of Delhi
ISBN 978-1-61719-816-8, Hardback, $137 (BiblioPerks™ $82.20)

A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on Genesis
This is a critical, linguistic, historical, and mythographic commentary on Genesis, taken clause by clause, with several extended notes, and an introduction on the tradition embodied in Genesis, its structure and composition.
ISBN 978-1-61719-681-2, Hardback, $156.44 (BiblioPerks™ $93.86)

The Separation of the Monophysites
This is a history of the monophysite schism from the Council of Chalcedon until the Muslim conquest.
ISBN 978-1-61719-185-5, Paperback, $43.48 (BiblioPerks™ $26.09)

Edirne
Based on extensive archival research, this book presents the state of Jewish schooling in Ottoman Edirne during the period of activity by the Alliance Israelite Universelle.
ISBN 978-1-61719-145-9, Hardback, $105.8 (BiblioPerks™ $63.48)

The Assyrians in Australian Archives
The small Assyrian community proved to be loyal, dedicated and hard-working citizens to Australia during the years 1914-1947. This is the first time the Assyrian issue will be seen through the eyes of Australian official documents and hopefully raise awareness of these people within Australia and abroad.
ISBN 978-1-60724-993-1, Hardback, $142.28 (BiblioPerks™ $85.37)

 


 





From the acquisitions desk

There is a decidedly feminine leaning to the books passing through the acquisitions desk this month.

New to our Gorgias Ottoman Travellers series is A Bridge Over the Balkans: Demetra Vaka Brown and the Tradition of "Women's Orients." This book is a critical study of Demetra Vaka Brown, one of the most significant Greek American writers of the turn of the last century, framed within the fields of “Orientalism” and cultural studies. Offering an overview of her life and career with analytical readings of her major works, the book’s focus is on the role of Vaka Brown as cultural agent: at once a white female and an immigrant of Greek descent and a former citizen of Ottoman Turkey who worked as a journalist and author in the United States, writing in English and contributing her work to mainstream publications.

Lily Montagu's Shekhinah, coming soon to our Judaism in Context Series, outlines Lily Montagu’s theological writing, particularly her appropriation of the feminine aspect of the divine presence, Shekhinah, and provides a much needed corrective to the androcentric Anglo-Jewish historiography that has ignored, marginalized, and completely erased, the founder of the Liberal Jewish movement in England. Indeed, Luke Devine's book is vital reading for students of Anglo-Jewry, First-Wave feminism, Jewish feminism, Liberal Judaism, and Jewish mysticism.

Finally in our Jewish Studies Classics, keep an eye out for Grace Aguilar's Women of Israel, with new introduction and commentary by Mayer Gruber. This work first appeared almost half a century before Elizabeth Cady Stanton's, The Woman's Bible. Unlike Stanton's work, which sought to undermine the Bible, and was cited by many clergy as the basis of their attempt to deny basic rights to women, Aguilar's work took for granted the divine origin of Hebrew Scriptures and sought to defend Hebrew Scripture and the Jews from the charge of treating women as inferior beings. More than 150 years before the current proliferation of books on women in biblical narrative and biblical law, Aguilar offered brilliant and innovative interpretations of abiding value. The extensive introduction and notes will make this new edition once again accessible to laypersons, students, and scholars.

Happy reading Gorgiasians!

 

A Bridge Over the Balkans: Demetra Vaka Brown and the Tradition of "Women's Orients" By Eleftheria Arapoglou
This book is a critical study of Demetra Vaka Brown, one of the most significant Greek American writers of the turn of the last century, framed within the fields of “Orientalism” and cultural studies.
ISBN 978-1-59333-655-4, Hardback, $104 (BiblioPerks™ $62.40)

Lily Montagu's Shekhinah By Luke Devine
Lily Montagu's Shekhinah outlines Lily Montagu’s theological writing, particularly her appropriation of the feminine aspect of the divine presence, Shekhinah, and provides a much needed corrective to the androcentric Anglo-Jewish historiography that has ignored, marginalized, and completely erased, the founder of the Liberal Jewish movement in England. Indeed, Luke Devine's book is vital reading for students of Anglo-Jewry, First-Wave feminism, Jewish feminism, Liberal Judaism, and Jewish mysticism.
ISBN 978-1-61143-684-6, Hardback, $104 (BiblioPerks™ $62.40)

The Women of Israel by Grace Aguilar By Mayer Gruber
For almost a century after it was first published in 1845 Grace Aguilar's Women of Israel was presented as a high school graduation gift and even as a Christmas present to employees in businesses. More than 150 years before the current proliferation of books on women in biblical narrative and biblical law, Aguilar offered brilliant and innovative interpretations of abiding value. She took for granted that her readers could read Hebrew and that they, like herself, knew the King James Bible from memory. The extensive introduction and notes will make this new edition once again accessible to laypersons, students, and scholars.
ISBN 978-1-61719-626-3, Hardback, $188.96 (BiblioPerks™ $113.38)

 


 





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IN MEMORIAM: Peter Gubser, 1941-2010. Humanitarian and Gorgias Press Author.

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Peter Gubser, 69, a leader in human rights for people of the Middle East and a Gorgias Press author. Dr. Gubser died on September 2nd of prostate cancer.

Dr. Gubser worked hard towards placing the relationship between the US and the Arab world on the firmest footing possible. From 1977 to 2007, he was president of ANERA, American Near East Refugee Aid in Washington, D.C. His work helped facilitate long-term community development and humanitarian relief in Palestine, Lebanon and Jordan.

After receiving his BA from Yale, his MA from American University of Beirut and his PhD from Oxford University, he worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Manchester and conducted socio-anthropological research in the Middle East. Dr. Gubser has written several books and articles on the Middle East, social structure and economic development. His latest book, Saladin: Empire and Holy War (Gorgias Press April, 2010) offers a thoughtful portrait of the complex warrior-king. Dr. Gubser also served as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and was a co-founder of the National Council on US-Arab Relations.

Peter Gubser was deeply loved by his family, his local community and those abroad. He was a remarkable man who touched the lives of people at home and in the Middle East. We at Gorgias Press send our utmost condolences to Dr. Gubser's family and loved ones.

 

Saladin
By Peter Gubser

ISBN 978-1-60724-669-5
Hardback, $136.04 (BiblioPerks™ $81.62)

Saladin, the great twelfth century Middle East leader, not only created an empire, but also reduced the Crusader presence in the Holy Land. In a comprehensive manner and clear prose, Peter Gubser describes how Saladin rose to power, conquered lands, governed peoples, and raised armies. In addition, he clearly addresses Saladin’s imperial motives, a combination of ambition and devotion to the ideal of unity in Islam.




 





Review of Houghton and Parker's Textual Variation: Theological and Social Tendencies? in Theological Book Review 21:2 (2009)

The Theological Book Review (21:2 [2009], pg. 30) published a review of H. Houghton and D. Parker's Textual Variation: Theological and Social Tendencies? (Texts and Studies 6) by Gregory S. Paulson of the University of Edinburgh who concludes:

This work expresses the most up-to-date survey of the status quaestionis concerning theological scribal habits and contains essential information for anyone who practices New Testament textual criticism.

Review of Menze and Akalin's John of Tella's Profession of Faith: The Legacy of a Sixth-Century Syrian Orthodox Bishop in Sehepunkte

Sehepunkte (10 [2010] Nr.7/8) published a review of Volker Menze and Kutlu Akalin's John of Tella's Profession of Faith: The Legacy of a Sixth-Century Syrian Orthodox Bishop (Gorgias Texts from Christian Late Antiquity 25) by Daniel Syrbe who concludes:

With their edition of the text, which is bilingual, easily readable, and equipped with a richly laden critical apparatus, Menze and Akalin give suitable attention to a long undervalued theologian and church politician ... Menze and Akalin emphasize that their work is, above all, intended to make the text accessible to a wider circle of researchers, and serve as a foundation and stimulus to future work. The book is doubtless more than sufficient for this goal. (Translation credit: Paul MacLean Anderson)

Review of Robert Miller's Syriac and Antiochian Exegesis and Biblical Theology for the 3rd Millennium soon to appear in Communio Viatorum

The Communio Viatorum will soon publish a review of Robert Miller's Syriac and Antiochian Exegesis and Biblical Theology for the 3rd Millennium (Gorgias Eastern Christian Studies 6) by Rosa Hunt of the International Baptist Theological Seminary, Prague. She concludes:

This book provides a timely and much-needed forum for a conversation between scholars and practitioners in different fields, a conversation which needs to happen if the gap between biblical studies and theology is to be bridged... [The] book is to be commended for responding to the chasm between biblical studies and theology with a fruitful and constructive conversation.
Textual Variation: Theological and Social Tendencies?
By H. Houghton

ISBN 978-1-59333-789-6
Hardback, $105 (BiblioPerks™ $63.00)

Did scribes change the text of the New Testament? This book questions the assumption that they did and the claim that variant readings are due to theological motivation or social difference.



John of Tella's Profession of Faith
By Volker Menze

ISBN 978-1-59333-843-5
Paperback, $53 (BiblioPerks™ $31.80)

John of Tella, in the 520s and 530s, was 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.



Syriac and Antiochian Exegesis and Biblical Theology for the 3rd Millennium
By Robert Miller

ISBN 978-1-59333-487-1
Hardback, $98 (BiblioPerks™ $58.80)

This volume of collected essays explores the exegesis of the patristic School of Antioch, the Syriac Church Fathers, and the churches of the Antiochian-Syriac traditions. This exegetical tradition can be of use in today's historical-critical biblical scholarship with relation to theology.




 





Gorgias Press will be exhibiting at the conferences and meetings listed below, offering a special discount to conference attendees for not just the books in display but for all items in our current catalog. In addition, our editors will also be present at these meetings should you have a manuscript proposal which you would like to discuss with us.

Gorgias Press will be present at the following conferences:

 


 





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