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e-Gorgias (Issue 42, December 2010)


Issue 42
December 2010
Reading Time: 15 minutes

As 2010 is winding down and our holiday sale is coming to a close, I just wanted to take this time simply to say "Thank You" to all our readers without whom none of our specialized publishing ventures would have been possible. We here at Gorgias wish all of you a happy, and prosperous new year. As we embark on 2011, we will continue to publish for the sake of knowledge and undertake worthy but ventures just to propagate knowledge. George and I and all our hard-working staff thanks you for your continued patronage.

As 2010 winds to a close so must our Holiday Sale which will end on December 31st at midnight. So you have only a few days left to save 40% on Gorgias books (30% on Michael Sokoloff’s A Syriac Lexicon). Remember if you buy five books or more we'll be sending you a 30% discount coupon that you can use throughout 2011. Can't decide what to get? Just download our 2011 Catalog. Don’t miss your chance to get your desired readings at the best prices of the year.

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.


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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.


Jacob of Serugh and His Times
By George Kiraz

ISBN 978-1-60724-049-5
Hardback, $116 (BiblioPerks™ $69.60)

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.

By Peter Gubser

ISBN 978-1-61143-670-9
Paperback, $38 (BiblioPerks™ $22.80)

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.

Midrash and the Exegetical Mind
By Lieve Teugels

ISBN 978-1-61143-683-9
Hardback, $106.04 (BiblioPerks™ $63.62)

This collection contains papers on rabbinic texts presented at the SBL's annual conferences in 2008 and 2009. Featured rabbinic works are the Babylonian Talmud, the Mekhilta de RaShBY, and a variety of Biblical commentaries found in midrashic works.

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.

Journal of the Canadian Society for Syriac Studies 10
By Amir Harrak

ISBN 978-1-61143-671-6
Paperback, $73 (BiblioPerks™ $43.80)

Volume 10 includes articles by Robert Thomson, Edward G. Mathews Jr., Claude Cox, Hidemi Takahashi and Jos J.S. Weitenberg, and Arman Akopian. It is on Syriac-Armenian topics.

Before The Silence
By Sofia Kontogeorge Kostos

ISBN 978-1-60724-999-3
Hardback, $55 (BiblioPerks™ $33.00)

This book is a collection of newspaper reports documenting the massacres and genocides of Greeks, Armenians, and Assyrian minorities who inhabited Asia Minor for many millennia, by the Ottoman Turks and later the Kemalists. These reports emanating from English sources show that there was a systematic and organized campaign by Turkish authorities to eliminate all traces of the memories of these minorities from the face of the earth.

The Commentary of Saint Ephrem on Genesis with an Arabic Translation
By Assad Assad

ISBN 978-1-61143-548-1
Hardback, $127.04 (BiblioPerks™ $76.22)

This book cantains the Syriac text of Saint Ephrem's Commentary on Genesis supplied with an Arabic translation and commentaries. Its text is one of the most beautiful texts in Syriac language. The book is good for the general readers and those who have interest in the Syriac fathers and churches.

By Fevzi Altug

ISBN 978-1-61719-082-7
Hardback, $90.2 (BiblioPerks™ $54.12)

Fevzi Altug’s memoires are a record of the experiences of the Crimean Tatars during the Bolshevik Revolution. This translation and critical edition of six of Altug’s articles are the first such writings to appear in English.

Two Sanskrit Inscriptions Engraven on Stone
By Fitz-Edward Hall

ISBN 978-1-61719-035-3
Paperback, $21.16 (BiblioPerks™ $12.70)

A significant portion of this article contains the original texts, translations, and comments of two Sanskrit inscriptions discovered in 1857. Both inscriptions list the names of the rulers of Chedi and the names of their consorts and kinsmen.

Older and Later Elements in the Code of Hammurapi
By Morris Jastrow, Jr.

ISBN 978-1-61719-036-0
Paperback, $20.44 (BiblioPerks™ $12.26)

Jastrow addresses how the final codification of the laws of Hammurapi evolved and which process the Babylonians used to get there. The Code of Hammurapi was subject to constant adjustments, providing that conditions constantly changed and new situations arose.

Brief Grammar and Vocabulary of the Kurdish Language of the Hakari District
By Samuel Rhea

ISBN 978-1-61719-037-7
Paperback, $21.04 (BiblioPerks™ $12.62)

Samuel A. Rhea created a brief vocabulary and grammar while doing missionary work with the Kurds. His goal in creating a Kurdish grammar was to translate the Old and New Testaments into Kurdish.

The God Ašur
By Morris Jastrow

ISBN 978-1-61719-039-1
Paperback, $20.08 (BiblioPerks™ $12.05)

The name Asur is difficult. In cuneiform, it is designated for the city, country, and deity. However, it appears that the deity was named after the city, which emerged first.

By George Barton

ISBN 978-1-61719-040-7
Paperback, $19.72 (BiblioPerks™ $11.83)

Tiamat was the Babylonian sea deity. The sea was affiliated with evil. Tiamat was therefore thought to be evil. As a result, the writers of Genesis 1 purposely omitted any wording relating to the word ‘sea’.

Catalogue of Eastern and Western Arabic Libraries
By Philip de Tarrazi

ISBN 978-1-59333-611-0
Hardback, $494 (BiblioPerks™ $296.40)

This four-volume set in Arabic is more than the title might suggest. Beginning with a history of Arabic literature, de Tarrazi takes the reader on an encyclopedic tour of the libraries and book collectors of the Middle East and Arabic libraries of the Western world. The set concludes with a history of the Lebanese Library which the author founded.

The Liturgy and Ritual of the Celtic Church
By Frederick Warren

ISBN 978-1-60724-100-3
Hardback, $140 (BiblioPerks™ $84.00)

This is a new edition of Warren's classic study on the Liturgy and Ritual of the Celtic Church. A new introduction and up-to-date bibliography is provided. In addition two other important editions of early Irish liturgical books are reproduced in this volume: Bartholemew MacCarthy's edition of The Stowe Missal and Whitley Stokes edition of an old Irish Tractate on the Consecration of a Church.

Fragrance of the Mountain
By Ghattas Elias

ISBN 978-1-60724-165-2
Hardback, $89.12 (BiblioPerks™ $53.47)

Ghattas Maqdasi Elias, the ‘Malphono,’ was one of the most important Syriac writers of the twentieth century and devoted much of his life to ensuring that classical Syriac remained a vibrant and living language. For the lover of Syriac and Syriac poetry, therefore, this small book represents a special treat: a collection of twenty five of Elias’ poems are assembled and printed here.

Catalogue of Syriac Manuscripts in Za‘faran Monastery
By Yuhanna Dolabani

ISBN 978-1-60724-252-9
Hardback, $177.92 (BiblioPerks™ $106.75)

This book is a reproduction of Philoxenos Dolabani’s handwritten catalog of the manuscripts contained at Dayr al-Za‘faran. Dolabani was one of the greatest scholars of Syriac in the twentieth century and he made the catalogue while still a monk. This work, two volumes combined under one cover, is an important resource for all interested in Syriac and Christian Arabic.

The Steps of Humility and Pride
By Bernard of Clairvaux

ISBN 978-1-60724-197-3
Hardback, $91.88 (BiblioPerks™ $55.13)

The son of burgundian nobility, Bernard admitted after years of struggle that humility remained for him the most elusive of the virtues. Yet the uncompromising vehemence of his love for God made him strive for what monastic tradition taught is indispensable to anyone hoping to share God's perfect love.

Homilies in Praise of the Blessed Virgin Mary
By Bernard of Clairvaux

ISBN 978-1-60724-201-7
Hardback, $90.92 (BiblioPerks™ $54.55)

The young abbot meditates on the singular role of the Virgin Mother of Christ 'to satisfy [his] own devotion', and in doing so bequeathes his own love of Mary and of Scripture to his Order and to the Church.

In Praise of the New Knighthood
By Bernard of Clairvaux

ISBN 978-1-60724-203-1
Hardback, $91.64 (BiblioPerks™ $54.98)

The monk and the knight—the two quintessentially medieval European heroes—were combined in the Knights Templar, men who took the monastic vows and defended the holy places and pilgrims. With characteristic eloquence, Bernard of Clairvaux voices the cleric's view of the knights, warfare, and the conquest of the Holy Land in five chapters on the knight's vocation. Then, in another eight chapters the abbot who never visited the Holy Land provides a spiritual tour of the pilgrimage sites guarded by this 'new kind of knighthood.'


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


Der Kural des Tiruvalluver
The Kurals are the wisdom literature of the Tamils, at the southern cape of India; the Kural of Tiruvalluvar is the most famous of them. German translation with commentary and appendices.
ISBN 978-1-61719-449-8, Paperback, $42.16 (BiblioPerks™ $25.30)

Ottoman Reforms and Social Life
This work is a study of the city of Salonica in the nineteenth century, a period during which the Tanzimat reforms were being introduced across the Ottoman Empire.
ISBN 978-1-61719-094-0, Hardback, $112.28 (BiblioPerks™ $67.37)

Ottoman History as World History
This volume is a collection of essays by Huri Islamoglu which argue that Ottoman history must be read as a part of world history.
ISBN 978-1-61719-104-6, Hardback, $112.16 (BiblioPerks™ $67.30)

The Midnight Express Phenomenon
This book studies the film The Midnight Express and analyses how it has negatively altered perceptions of Turkey until the present.
ISBN 978-1-61719-119-0, Hardback, $98.6 (BiblioPerks™ $59.16)

Strategies and Struggles
Strategies and Struggles is the first full-length work on the diplomatic efforts of Britain and Turkey to secure their interests during the Lausanne Conference following the First Wold War.
ISBN 978-1-61719-120-6, Hardback, $106.16 (BiblioPerks™ $63.70)

Amele Taburu
Amele Taburu is the French-language journal kept by Haim Akbukrek, a Jewish conscript in the Turkish nationalist army during the War of Independence in the 1920s.
ISBN 978-1-61719-121-3, Hardback, $86.72 (BiblioPerks™ $52.03)

British Policy towards Transcaucasia, 1917-1921
This work studies British policy towards the Caucasus (Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan) as it developed at the end of the First World War in light of the Russian Revolution.
ISBN 978-1-61719-128-2, Hardback, $111.32 (BiblioPerks™ $66.79)

Rumeli Under the Ottomans, 15th-18th Centuries
Gradeva’s book is a collection of articles on the Ottoman Balkans which look at the administrative structures and inter-communal relations of the region.
ISBN 978-1-61719-133-6, Hardback, $124.64 (BiblioPerks™ $74.78)

A Bridge Between Cultures
This collection of essays published in memory of Ali Ihsan Bagis are concerned with Ottoman and Turkish contacts with the West.
ISBN 978-1-61719-144-2, Hardback, $121.16 (BiblioPerks™ $72.70)

The Netherlands and Turkey
Alexander de Groot looks beyond the Tulip craze of the seventeenth century to explore the story of Dutch-Ottoman contact, from the Battle of Lepanto in the late sixteenth century to the Turkish nationalist struggle of the 1920s.
ISBN 978-1-61719-149-7, Hardback, $104.84 (BiblioPerks™ $62.90)

War and Peace in Rumeli
This collection of works by Rossitsa Gradeva looks at aspects of the Balkans under Ottoman rule. In particular Gradeva addresses the Danube river, local judicial and administrative practices and daily life under the Ottomans.
ISBN 978-1-61719-151-0, Hardback, $120.56 (BiblioPerks™ $72.34)

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)

Arabian Wisdom
Having lived for many years in Beirut, John Wortabet grew to know much about the Islamic world. Recognizing the wisdom and integrity of the people and religion of what was then known as Syria, Wortabet set about to preserve the essentials of Arabic wisdom in this little book. The wisdom saying, a literary form of ancient pedigree in this part of the world, is generally a brief but pointed statement of a truth distilled from careful observation. Wortabet here presents these saying arranged according to topic, with the goal of facilitating understanding between the wider world and those who live in what has become a very unsettled region.
ISBN 978-1-60724-295-6, Paperback, $37.7 (BiblioPerks™ $22.62)

Homélie de Narsès sur les trois Docteurs Nestoriens
In this work, Martin offers the Syriac text, with an annotated French translation, of Narsai’s poem on the three doctors of the Church of the East: Diodore of Tarsus, Theodore of Mopsuestia, and Nestorius.
ISBN 978-1-60724-931-3, Paperback, $31.36 (BiblioPerks™ $18.82)

Aphrahat's Demonstrations 2 and 7
This volume reproduces translations of Aphrahat’s 2nd and 7th Demonstrations into English. The texts cover themes including Law and Gospel, salvation history, commandments to love and forgive, repentance, Jesus as physician, and pastoral care.
ISBN 978-1-60724-952-8, Paperback, $20.32 (BiblioPerks™ $12.19)

Isaac of Antioch's Homily on the Royal City
In this volume, Moss gives an introduction, edition, and annotated translation of an important poem (in the seven-syllable meter) from Isaac of Antioch on the Huns’ attack on Constantinople in the 440s.
ISBN 978-1-60724-953-5, Paperback, $20.32 (BiblioPerks™ $12.19)

Narsai le docteur et les origines de l'école de Nisibe, d'après la chronique de Bar?adbešabba
This volume contains Chabot’s notice of a fragment published by Mingana from Barhadbeshabba dealing with Narsai and the School of Nisibis. Chabot offers a French translation of the text and a summary questioning its historical value.
ISBN 978-1-60724-968-9, Paperback, $19.48 (BiblioPerks™ $11.69)

The Diatessaron in the Syriac Acts of John / Jacob of Serug and the Diatessaron
This volume contains two short studies on the Diatessaron and Syriac literature. Readers who study the history of the Gospels in Syriac and their reception and use in Syriac literature will find these two studies of interest.
ISBN 978-1-60724-969-6, Paperback, $20.8 (BiblioPerks™ $12.48)

Erbe christlicher Antike im Bildschmuck eines arabischen Evangelienbuches des 14. Jarhunderts
In the present article, Anton Baumstark describes the decorative illustrations found in an Arabic gospel text of the fourteenth century and concludes that they represent antique artistic features that were preserved only in the Oriental manuscript tradition.
ISBN 978-1-60724-989-4, Paperback, $21.04 (BiblioPerks™ $12.62)

A Hymn to Nergal
The god Nergal had his residence at Cutha, according to numerous passages in cuneiform literature. The ancient king of Uruk, Singamil (ca. 2750 B.C.E.), was also a devoted adherent of the Nergal cult, and fostered his worship at Uruk itself.
ISBN 978-1-61143-010-3, Paperback, $18.28 (BiblioPerks™ $10.97)

De dialectorum linguae Syriacae reliquiis
In this brief work, Larsow discusses the evidence for Syriac dialects, other than the well-known eastern and western varieties, and he especially makes use of material from the lexica of Bar Ali and Bar Bahlul.
ISBN 978-1-60724-895-8, Paperback, $20.08 (BiblioPerks™ $12.05)

Selection from the Annals of Tabari
One of the great Islamic scholars of the ninth and tenth centuries, Abu Gafar Muhammad ib Garir, also known as at-Tabari, is known for his voluminous writings. Perhaps the greatest work he composed was his massive Annals, a set that comes to at least thirteen volumes in modern editions. This booklet, however, contains only selections from this monumental undertaking with the intention of providing a learning tool for students of Arabic.
ISBN 978-1-60724-018-1, Paperback, $37.7 (BiblioPerks™ $22.62)

The Homilies of Aphraates, The Persian Sage
Wright’s edition of the homilies of the early Syriac father, Aphrahat, includes the text, critical apparatus, and notes on biblical citations, which are also indexed.. The preface surveys Aphrahat’s life and deals with the manuscripts used.
ISBN 978-1-60724-897-2, Hardback, $152.48 (BiblioPerks™ $91.49)

History of Martyrs in Palestine, by Eusebius, Bishop of Caesarea
This volume contains the Syriac version, with English translation and copious literary and historical notes, of Eusebius’s small book on the martyrs of Palestine, edited from a Syriac manuscript dated to 411.
ISBN 978-1-60724-898-9, Hardback, $100.4 (BiblioPerks™ $60.24)

Metrical Homiles and Dialogue Hymns of Narsai
These volumes contain the vocalized Syriac text of 47 metrical homilies (memre) and 10 dialogue poems (sogyatha) of Narsai, probably the most important poet in the Church of the East. Prefaces in Latin and Syriac cover Narsai’s life and works.
ISBN 978-1-60724-845-3, Hardback, $266.32 (BiblioPerks™ $159.79)




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