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e-Gorgias (Issue 47, September 2011)


Issue 47
September 2011
Reading Time: 15 minutes

September is finally here. We've had some bizarre weather lately: whether an earthquake (experienced first-hand by our Gorgias staff) or a hurricane, nothing deters us from our round-the-clock work. We hope you and your families are safe and sound after Hurricane Irene's unexpected visit to the East Coast. For the first time in Gorgias history we had to shut down our website and servers. It is of course easier to go offline than to come back on. In addition, our office was flooded not too badly, forcing us to have a much needed clean up effort. Unfortunately, our online servers suffered the most as a result of the storm. Our website has sporadically gone down, making it difficult to place and track orders. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. Luckily, as of this week our servers are finally back up and running.

The new school year has begun, and we hope it is an enlightening one for all of our readers. In the spirit of back-to-school, we are running a Back-to-School Overstock Sale, with select titles available at 60% off until September 30. Time is running out-- hurry before these bargain prices disappear! Please scroll down to the News section of this message for more information and a complete list of marked down books.

Finally, if you aren't already a Gorgias Press fan on Facebook, make sure you become one now! We're running a special Facebook promotion next week on Tuesday, September 20 and Thursday, September 22. All you have to do is "like" our Facebook page, check the page on those days, answer a trivia question correctly, and you just may win a free prize(s)! You really can win -- this month's eGorgias Enthusiast of the Month, Arman Akopian, is one of several lucky Gorgias Facebook trivia prize winners. Click here to join us on Facebook and stay tuned for more.

Christine Kiraz


  • Recently Released
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  • From the Acquisitions Desk
  • News
  • Enthusiast of the Month: Arman Akopian
  • Reviews
  • 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.


Antrocom: Journal of Anthropology
By Marco Menicocci

ISBN 978-1-4632-0051-0
Paperback, $56.45 (BiblioPerks™ $50.81)

AOJA is an multilingual European project that collect studies in the fields of physical and cultural anthropology, and of the disciplines related to. It offers original researches by scholars of merit and young researchers, with particular attention to proposals by Asian and developing countries authors.

The Oxford Movement
By R. W. Church

ISBN 978-1-61719-372-9
Hardback, $164.8 (BiblioPerks™ $148.32)

A vivid and detailed history of the Tractarian Movement, from a participant and sympathizer. Extended portrayals of Hurrell Froude, Charles Marriott, Hugh James Rose, and (on the other side) R. D. Hampden.

Poems about Sayfo
By Julius Yeshu Çiçek

ISBN 978-1-61143-219-0
Hardback, $125.8 (BiblioPerks™ $113.22)

The present volume is a collection of poems about the suffering of the Christians in Turkey leading up to the massacre of 1915.

Bedrossian's Armenian-English Dictionary
By Matthias Bedrossian

ISBN 978-1-61719-886-1
Hardback, $220 (BiblioPerks™ $198.00)

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.

Reflections on the Image of the Turk in Europe
By Nedret Kuran-Burçoğlu

ISBN 978-1-61719-871-7
Hardback, $115.3 (BiblioPerks™ $103.77)

A collection of articles on the perception of Turks and Turkey in Europe between the fifteenth century and the present day.

Historia Aethiopica
By Hiob Ludolf

ISBN 978-1-61719-007-0
Hardback, $376.25 (BiblioPerks™ $338.63)

Encyclopaedic account of seventeenth century Ethiopia from contemporary sources, includes later commentary and both appendices. Copiously illustrated.

Die Babylonisch-Assyrischen Vorstellungen vom Leben nach dem Tode
By Alfred Jeremias

ISBN 978-1-60724-247-5
Paperback, $39.8 (BiblioPerks™ $35.82)

In this brief study, Jeremias examines the representations of life after death in the Babylonian and Assyrian sources. The descent of Ishtar, basic concepts of the grave, descriptions of the afterlife and the realm of the blessed are all examined. The possibility of return from death and the biblical outlook on the subject are also part of the exploration.

The Epistles of Saint Peter
By John Henry Jowett

ISBN 978-1-61719-470-2
Hardback, $153.25 (BiblioPerks™ $137.93)

John Henry Jowett directs his exegesis of the Pauline epistles for the everyday consideration of challenges and grace. Study chapters are organized by verse.

Folklor de Los Judios de Turkiya
By Eli Shaul

ISBN 978-1-61719-905-9
Hardback, $124.3 (BiblioPerks™ $111.87)

A book about the cultural heritage of the Sephardic Jewish population of Turkey written in the Ladino language. Historical accounts detail the Jewish expulsion from Spain and subsequent migration to the Ottoman lands in 1492.


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


Revue de l’Orient Chrétien (1896-1946)
Revue de l’Orient Chrétien, originally published between 1896 and 1946, is a collection of essays on the Christian East. It coveres the Greek, Georgian, Ethiopian, Armenian, Syriac, Coptic and Arabic traditions. Most of the material has not yet been superseded. It contains also many studies in hagiography, apocryphal literature, philology, patristic literature, religious poetry, Church history and theology. This new Gorgias edition gathers the entire collection with introductory material by Françoise Briquel Chatonnet, and full indices by Jimmy Daccache.
ISBN 978-1-60724-428-8, Hardback, $5937.5 (BiblioPerks™ $5,343.75)

The Syriac Forms of New Testament Proper Names
Argument by the Norris Professor of Divinity at Cambridge that the spelling of the Syriac version of the Gospels should not be taken as authority for the original Aramaic names.
ISBN 978-1-61143-469-9, Paperback, $25.4 (BiblioPerks™ $22.86)

Notables, Merchants, and Shaykhs of Southern Iran's Towns and Ports on the Persian Gulf
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, $160 (BiblioPerks™ $144.00)

Melilah: Manchester Journal of Jewish Studies (2009)
Melilah is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal concerned with Jewish law, history, literature, religion, culture and thought in the ancient, medieval and modern eras. Contributors (2010) include Simon Mayers, Z. Yaakov Wise, Ed Kessler, Hyam Maccoby, and Glenda Abramson.
ISBN 978-1-4632-0154-8, Paperback, $25.7 (BiblioPerks™ $23.13)

Journal for Late Antique Religion and Culture
The Journal for Late Antique Religion and Culture (JLARC) is a peer-reviewed open access online journal edited by members of the Cardiff Centre for Late Antique Religion and Culture (CLARC) and published by Cardiff University (
ISBN 978-1-4632-0052-7, Paperback, $50 (BiblioPerks™ $45.00)

The Osireion
The Temple of Osiris at Abydos; a report of the excavation of 1902
ISBN 978-1-61719-482-5, Paperback, $32.6 (BiblioPerks™ $29.34)

The Harp (Volume 2)
The Harp is the scholarly journal of Syriac, Oriental, and Ecumenical studies published by the St. Ephrem Ecumenical Research Institute (SEERI) in Kottayam, India.
ISBN 978-1-61143-638-9, Hardback, $120.85 (BiblioPerks™ $108.77)

Ottoman Diplomacy
History of the later Ottoman Empire in the time of Abdülhamid II during the later 19th century when the empire was in decline with international consequences.
ISBN 978-1-61143-124-7, Hardback, $145.45 (BiblioPerks™ $130.91)

History of Rome
Mommsen earned the Nobel Prize for this history of Rome by synthesizing approaches from literary reflections to archeological findings. It is a valuable library addition for the Classics scholar or history enthusiast.
ISBN 978-1-61719-221-0, Paperback, $456.2 (BiblioPerks™ $410.58)

The Liturgical Gospels
Frere offers an insightful historical analysis of Gospel readings from the Capitulare as they were revised and developed for usage in the Anglican Church's Book of Common Prayer. The work is divided by events on the Anglican liturgical calender.
ISBN 978-1-61719-211-1, Paperback, $26.75 (BiblioPerks™ $24.08)



From the acquisitions desk this month we have added a number of new titles and a new journal to our catalogue.

First we have Guido Guarducci’s Facing an Empire: Hirbemerdon Tepe and the Upper Tigris Region during the Early Iron Age and Neo-Assyrian Period, new to our Gorgias Dissertations in Near Eastern Studies series. The volume provides an archaeological survey of the Upper Tigris region during the Iron Age, in particular the site of Hirbemerdon Tepe, in order to trace a socio-economic profile of the local communities of the area and their interaction with the Assyrian Empire.

Michael Theophilos’ Jesus as New Moses in Matthew 8-9: Jewish Typology in First Century Greek Literature is the latest offering in our Gorgias Studies in Philosophy and Theology series. This volume explores the fascinating narrative structure and thematic elements of Matthew 8-9 which typologically present Jesus as the ‘New-Moses’ (and at points a greater than Moses) leading his people out of Exile.

We are also pleased to announce a collaboration to bring the online journal Ural-Altaic Studies into print. This journal is concerned with linguistic matters, connected with the Uralic and Altaic languages. It is bilingual with all papers published in both Russian and English.

Happy reading Gorgiasians!

Katie Stott

Acquisitions Editor

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An Introductory Message from Our Newest Acquisitions Editor

Just an introduction, I very recently joined the Gorgias Press staff. I already look forward to meeting and matching new names to faces at the Family and Children in the Patristic Tradition conference, to be held at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology from October 13-15. The Boston Theological Institute is my alma mater consortium, so it may be that we’re already familiar (love that dirty water!). Look out for some great conference discounts if you’re planning to attend. I don’t just give away freebies at conferences—you can also find me updating the Gorgias Facebook Trivia. Every weekday I post, and at least once a week I announce a prize. Otherwise, I’m working on a new series we’re publishing through our partnership with the University of Bonn. Heinrich Goussen endowed them with a fantastic collection for rare works in Eastern Christian studies. It’s exciting to see the linguistic contribution as well, and I know that is a passion shared by many of our readers.

That’s my story so far…

Christina Geuther

Reprints Acquisitions Editor & Conference Representative


Facing an Empire: Hirbemerdon Tepe and the Upper Tigris Region during the Early Iron Age and Neo-Assyrian Period By Guido Guarducci
An archaeological survey of the Upper Tigris region during the Iron Age, in particular the site of Hirbemerdon Tepe, in order to trace a socio-economic profile of the local communities of the area and their interaction with the Assyrian Empire.
ISBN 978-1-4632-0146-3, Hardback, $130 (BiblioPerks™ $117.00)

Jesus as New Moses in Matthew 8-9 By Michael Theophilos
This volume explores the fascinating narrative structure and thematic elements of Matthew 8-9 which typologically present Jesus as the ‘New-Moses’ (and at points a greater than Moses) leading his people out of Exile.
ISBN 978-1-4632-0086-2, Hardback, $134.5 (BiblioPerks™ $121.05)



Gorgias Press' Back-to-School Overstock Sale - 60% Off Selected Titles!

We are pleased to announce Gorgias' Back-to-School Overstock Sale, with the following titles available at 60% off. In order to receive the discount, orders must be submitted by email to by midnight EST on Friday September 30, 2011.

Jesus: A New Biography
By Shirley Case

ISBN 1-59333-475-3, Hardback, $95 (Sale Price $38.00)

In the present climate of interest concerning the real Jesus, Case's 1927 study represents a vital contribution in the first quest for the historical Jesus. Often overlooked, this important volume is at last available to researchers in the current quest for Jesus, as well as those interested in the role of the Chicago School in that quest. Case avoids supernatural explanations as he deftly sketches the social contexts of what can be known of the historical Jesus.

Persian Days
By Copley Amory

ISBN 978-1-59333-608-0, Hardback, $102 (Sale Price $40.80)

A fascinating travelogue through southern and central Iran, this early nineteenth-century account is written with wit and insight; the polymathic Copley Amory Jr. proves an able tour guide. The reader is taken from Tehran to Kerman and back, along a trail that highlights ancient sites of historical importance. Along the way, the culture of “tribes and tents” is described, as well as a plucky misadventure involving encounters with camel caravans and excessive automobile troubles. Written in a witty and engaging style, this account of a classic journey contains an education in the history and customs of a vanishing way of life.

Thirty Years in the Harem
By Melek Hanım

ISBN 1-59333-208-4, Hardback, $106.25 (Sale Price $42.50)

Melek Hanım, an Ottoman woman of Greek, Armenian, and French heritage, accompanied her husband to various postings in Palestine and Serbia, and shared with him the frustrations of the arbitrary periodic dismissals that characterized late Ottoman politics. Her account of life in Turkey contains details of political intrigue, corruption and demonstrates the influence and mobility available to women in the official households of the Ottoman elite. Filled with maneuvers, murder, divorce, political machinations, and vengeance, Hanım's life was an attempt to gain access to property she viewed as legitimately her own. This book was written during her later exile in Paris.

Gesenius' Hebrew Grammar and Davidson's Hebrew Syntax
By E. Kautzsch

ISBN 978-1-59333-727-8, Hardback, $133.12 (Sale Price $53.25)

A winning combination of two historical grammars, this volume includes both Kautzsch’s edition of Gesenius’ Hebrew Grammar and Davidson’s Hebrew Syntax. Together these classic Hebrew resources will be of interest to serious students of Hebrew grammar and those interested in the history of grammatical studies of the language.

Studies in Emotions and Power in the Late Roman World: Papers in honour of Ron Newbold
By Barbara Sidwell

ISBN 978-1-61719-914-1, Hardback, $132.85 (Sale Price $53.14)

This book is a collection of papers dealing with different approaches to research of issues of power and emotions in the Roman Imperial and Late Antique world, from Marcus Aurelius to Queen Brunhild of Austrasia.

A Comparison of the Egyptian Execration Ritual to Exodus 32:19 and Jeremiah 19
By Michael Donahou

ISBN 978-1-61143-546-7, Hardback, $137.5 (Sale Price $55.00)

Ancient Egyptians preserved stability by using military might and the execration ritual to control perceived threats. Ritual actions by Moses and Jeremiah in breaking items representing idolatrous people mimic those used by the ancient Egyptians to magically restore societal order.

Demosthenes and the Last Days of Greek Freedom 384-322 BC
By A. Pickard-Cambridge

ISBN 1-59333-030-8, Paperback, $78.75 (Sale Price $31.50)

This is a reprint of the classical study by Pickard-Cambridge about Greece's most famous political orator, Demosthenes. It deals with his role in the last struggle of the Greeks for freedom against the Macedonian Empire.

The Apology of Aristides on behalf of the Christians
By J. Harris

ISBN 1-59333-278-5, Hardback, $95 (Sale Price $38.00)

By translating the Syriac text of Aristides, Harris preserves an early understanding of Christian ethics. The author provides Syriac and English text with notation.

Justinian and Theodora
By Robert Browning

ISBN 1-59333-053-7, Paperback, $59.06 (Sale Price $23.62)

Browning’s acclaimed biography of this extraordinary and enigmatic couple includes every aspect of imperial administration and policy. It is the story of a peasant's son who becomes emperor and enthrones a dissolute actress beside him.

The Gospel in the Stars
By Joseph Seiss

ISBN 978-1-59333-569-4, Hardback, $132.19 (Sale Price $52.88)

The charm of Seiss’ thesis saw this intriguing book through five editions in the author’s lifetime. Exploring potential Christian imagery in the constellations, Seiss finds the message of redemption writ large in the nighttime sky. A truly original work, this book has held the interest of many readers over the decades.

The Religion of Russia
By George Bishop

ISBN 978-1-59333-566-3, Hardback, $76 (Sale Price $30.40)

G. B. H. Bishop was an Anglican priest who was killed in action during the First World War. His legacy to the ecumenical movement was this study of the Russian Orthodox Church, an early attempt to make this body accessible to the western world. He includes a history, summary of faith, practice, and hierarchy of the Church as well as his own observations.

Jews in Psychology and the Psychology of Judaism
By Melanie Rich

ISBN 978-1-59333-969-2, Paperback, $65 (Sale Price $26.00)

Contributions by four of the seven major theoretical innovators in modern psychology, Sigmund Freud, Max Wertheimer, Abraham Maslow, and Noam Chomsky, are explored against the backdrop of their Jewish heritage. The psychological wisdom in Jewish religious practices and culture is highlighted as well, from a psychodynamic perspective.

The Gorgias of Plato
By W. Thompson

ISBN 1-59333-024-3, Paperback, $63.75 (Sale Price $25.50)

This pedagogical reader of the Greek text of Plato's Gorgias, originally published for students in Victorian England, is an immensely helpful textbook for the student of the Greek language and literature. Edited by the prominent W. H. Thompson.

Seeing Egypt and the Holy Land
By E. Newman

ISBN 978-1-59333-911-1, Hardback, $113.43 (Sale Price $45.37)

With the characteristic compelling photographs that accompany his work, E. M. Newman here presents his unique outlook on Egypt and the Holy Land. Written with the competence of a professional travel writer, Newman takes the reader through his arrival in Egypt by ship and on a virtual tour of the noted wonders of that land. His impressions of Egypt, Palestine, the Arabian Desert and Sinai are all dutifully recorded. Finishing up with the accounts of his main New Testament sites, Nazareth, the Jordan River, Bethlehem, and Jerusalem, this travelogue contains a wealth of impressions and memories. Illustrated with over 300 photographs, this volume gives a visually descriptive tour of these ancient lands.

Adventures in Arabia
By William Seabrook

ISBN 978-1-59333-597-7, Hardback, $113.43 (Sale Price $45.37)

In this personal travelogue, William Seabrook chronicles his adventures in the Middle East in the early part of the twentieth century. Specifically he focuses on his time among four Arabic groups: the Bedouins, Druses, Dervishes, and Yezidees.

Palestine under the Moslems
By Guy Le Strange

ISBN 978-1-59333-606-6, Hardback, $143.43 (Sale Price $57.37)

This detailed study of the physical layout and traditions of the Holy Land and Syria contains an enormous amount of detailed information. For readers who wish to correct their vision of the actual physical geography of Syro-Palestine, this work remains a recommended source.

A Grammar of the Malayalam Language
By Joseph Peet

ISBN 978-1-59333-997-5, Hardback, $112 (Sale Price $44.80)

Based on years of personal experience in India, Joseph Peet’s grammar of Malayalam was the first attempt by a western scholar to document the language. Set out like a classical grammar of the period, Peet begins with an introduction to the language and the orthography. The parts of speech are each treated, followed by an account of the syntax. One of the official languages of India, Malayalam is spoken by about 37 million individuals, mostly in the state of Kerala in the southern part of the nation. For the historian interested in the history of the study of Malayalam, this grammar is a special find.

Anthropos and Son of Man
By Carl Kraeling

ISBN 978-1-59333-631-8, Hardback, $117.5 (Sale Price $47.00)

Kraeling’s treatment of the ancient figure known as the "Anthropos” remains a challenging read even after several decades. Surveying Hellenistic, Gnostic, Manichean, Mandean, and Jewish sources, the author suggests a ubiquitous character known as the Anthropos was used in the New Testament to characterize aspects of Christ.

The Land of the Hittites
By John Garstang

ISBN 978-1-59333-617-2, Hardback, $112.5 (Sale Price $45.00)

This important summary of Garstang’s travels and studies in Anatolia (present-day Turkey) is fully illustrated with nearly 100 photographs as well as maps and plans. This account details the marvels revealed by archaeology in ancient western Asia. The study begins with documentation of the geography of the region, giving the reader a sense of the world as seen by the Hittites of antiquity. Garstang outlines the history of the Hittite period before detailing the monumental architecture of this people. Garstang’s treatment concludes with a substantial history of the Hittites, people referred to in the Bible and in the historical records of other ancient Near Eastern civilizations.

Mormons and Evangelicals
By David Smith

ISBN 978-1-60724-027-3, Paperback, $66.8 (Sale Price $26.72)

Why do religious people believe? In this work, Smith describes and interprets the results of interviews conducted with Mormons and Evangelicals about their reasons for faith. In the end, he recommends a particular approach to faith that integrates the sociological, spiritual, and rational elements of religion.


Enthusiast of the Month: Arman Akopian

Arman Akopian

A graduate of the Department of Oriental Studies at the University of Yerevan and the Department of Arabic Studies at the University of Jordan (Amman), Arman Akopian started as a research fellow at the Yerevan Institute of Middle East Studies in 1989. In 1991 he began teaching Arabic at the Department of Oriental Studies of the University of Yerevan. In 1995, for the first time in Armenia, he introduced Modern Hebrew to the University of Yerevan. He was also in charge of the Jewish Studies program. In 2003, he introduced another Semitic language to the University of Yerevan – Classical Syriac – and has mostly concentrated on Syriac Studies since. His major publications include Modern Hebrew (Yerevan University Press, 2002), and Classical Syriac (Yerevan University Press, 2005), both in Armenian. The latter was published in Russian translation in Moscow (AST-Press, 2010), becoming the first ever Syriac manual in Russian. A new title, Introduction to Aramaic and Syriac Studies, will be published in Yerevan by the end of 2011. Another current research project is dedicated to “Babylon”, an Armenian-language Syriac periodical, published between 1919-1921 in Boston, MA. In 1991, after Armenia regained its independence, he was offered a position in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and has been successfully combining academic activities with a diplomatic career. He has been on diplomatic missions in Cairo, the United Nations (New York) and Ottawa. At the Ministry he has served as the Head of the Middle East Department (1997-1998) and Arms Control and International Security Department (2002-2006). Currently he is the Head of the American Department.

Why is Arman a fan of Gorgias Press?

“Gorgias has been an important part of my academic life since its establishment 10 years ago. My library contains many essential works which might have remained unavailable had they not been given new life by Gorgias through its highly commendable reprint program. The Armenian Studies section in the catalogue was a welcome addition, and it is good to see that the number of its titles continues to grow.”



The Forgotten Genocide: Eastern Christians, The Last Arameans
By Sebastien de Courtois

ISBN 1-59333-077-4
Hardback, $65 (BiblioPerks™ $58.50)

The first and only extensive treatment of the genocide of the Aramaic-speaking Christians of the Middle East, in particular the Syriac Orthodox communities, in the late 1800s and early 1900s under the Ottomans.

The Ottoman Süryânî from 1908 to 1914
By Benjamin Trigona-Harany

ISBN 978-1-60724-069-3
Hardback, $120 (BiblioPerks™ $108.00)

Based on the works of Süryânî journalists such as Naûm Fâik, this book argues against the traditional view of the Ottoman Süryânî community. The premise is that rather than an early generation of Assyrian nationalists, the early twentieth century intellectuals were in fact supporters of the Ottoman state.

A Syriac Lexicon
By Michael Sokoloff

ISBN 978-1-60724-620-6
Hardback, $149.5 (BiblioPerks™ $134.55)

The second edition of Carl Brockelmann's Lexicon Syriacum, published in 1928, is a highly reputable Syriac dictionary. However, its Latin language and the ordering of words according to triliteral Semitic roots make its use difficult for most students and scholars. This revised edition by Sokoloff renders meanings in English, arranges words alphabetically, and includes many useful tools on a CD.

The New Syriac Primer
By George Kiraz

ISBN 978-1-59333-325-6
Paperback, $72 (BiblioPerks™ $64.80)

A truly useful introduction to the Syriac language is a rare find. This practical initiation to the study of the ancient language of the Christian church speaks with clarity and authority. A fruitful integration of scholarly introduction and practical application, this primer is more than a simple grammar or syntactic introduction to the language. Written in a style designed for beginners, Kiraz avoids technical language and strives for a reader-friendly inductive approach. Readings from actual Syriac texts allow the student to experience the language first hand and the basics of the grammar of the language are ably explained. The book comes with downloadable material so that readers may listen to all reading sentences and text passages in the book.

Massacres, Resistance, Protectors: Muslim-Christian Relations in Eastern Anatolia during World War I
By David Gaunt

ISBN 1-59333-301-3
Paperback, $63 (BiblioPerks™ $56.70)

This pioneering historical investigation of the genocide of the Assyrian, Chaldean, and Syrian Christians of Upper Mesopotamia during World War I uses primary sources of Turkish, Russian, German, French, and Arabic origin, and oral histories by survivors and their descendants.

The Scattered Pearls
By Ignatius Aphram I Barsoum

ISBN 978-1-61143-227-5
Hardback, $187.6 (BiblioPerks™ $168.84)

Mor Ignatius Aphram I Barsoum presents a comprehensive history of the literature of the Syriac tradition.

The Diacritical Point and the Accents in Syriac
By J. Segal

ISBN 1-59333-032-4
Paperback, $52.5 (BiblioPerks™ $47.25)

The only detailed study of the diacritical and vocalization system of Syriac.

The Book of the Laws of Countries: A Dialogue on Free Will versus Fate, A Key-Word-in-Context Concordance
By Jerome Lund

ISBN 978-1-59333-374-4
Hardback, $128 (BiblioPerks™ $115.20)

This key-word-in-context concordance will facilitate the study of the very early Syriac text called The Book of the Laws of the Countries, a dialogue on free will versus fate between the Edessean philosopher Bardaisan and his interlocutor Awida.


Review of Coomber's Re-reading the Prophets Through Corporate Globalization in Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 35.5

The Journal for the Study of the Old Testament (35.5, p. 63) published a review of Matthew Coomber's Re-reading the Prophets Through Corporate Globalization (Biblical Intersections 4) by A. Jeffers who concludes:

This is an excellent textbook, gathering up the main arguments of the current debate on the question of the history of ancient Israel. Furthermore, the format [...] will be useful in the classroom. Even though most readers will be familiar with the arguments on both sides, this short book presents a handy summary of the question, and adds a few more thoughts besides.


Review of Bergen's Dischronology and Dialogic in the Bible’s Primary Narrative in Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 35.5

The Journal for the Study of the Old Testament (35.5, p. 82) published a review of David Bergen's Dischronology and Dialogic in the Bible’s Primary Narrative (Biblical Intersections 2) by J.-M. Heimerdinger who concludes:

This revised doctoral thesis is very well informed, thought provoking and full of fresh perspectives on Deuteronomy.


Review of Cargill's Qumran through (Real) Time: A Virtual Reconstruction of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls in Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 35.5

The Journal for the Study of the Old Testament (35.5, p. 55) published a review of Robert R. Cargill's Qumran through (Real) Time: A Virtual Reconstruction of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls (Bible in Technology 1) by T.H. Lim who concludes:

This book is highly readable ... A particular strength is the reconstruction of Khirbet Qumran based solely on the archaeological evidence and not on a harmonization with the Dead Sea Scrolls and classical notices about the Essenes.


Review of Stith's The Coups of Hazael and Jehu: Building an Historical Narrative in Gorgias Dissertations: Biblical Studies 37

The Journal for the Study of the Old Testament (35.5, p. 69) published a review of Matthew D. Stith's The Coups of Hazael and Jehu: Building an Historical Narrative (Gorgias Dissertations: Biblical Studies 37) by D.T. Lamb who concludes:

While the diverse approaches of Stith's three sections (epistemological, narrative and analytical) might seem an unorthodox combination, his many insights into the biblical text will benefit scholars with an interest in the history of the Northern Kingdom.
Re-Reading the Prophets Through Corporate Globalization
By Matthew Coomber

ISBN 978-1-60724-978-8
Hardback, $152.5 (BiblioPerks™ $137.25)

Using societal patterns of exploitation that are evidenced in agrarian societies from the Bronze Age to modern-day corporate globalization, Re-Reading the Prophets offers a new approach to understanding the hidden contexts behind prophetic complaints against economic injustice in eighth-century Judah.

Dischronology and Dialogic in the Bible’s Primary Narrative
By David Bergen

ISBN 978-1-60724-105-8
Hardback, $131.25 (BiblioPerks™ $118.13)

How ought the Bible be read? A dialogical struggle between Moses and God results in the publication of a lawbook within the storyworld. Observing how characters read this lawbook, the reader uncovers a surprising answer to this hermeneutical question.

Qumran through (Real) Time
By Robert Cargill

ISBN 978-1-60724-058-7
Hardback, $147.5 (BiblioPerks™ $132.75)

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.

The Coups of Hazael and Jehu
By D. Stith

ISBN 978-1-59333-833-6
Hardback, $118.75 (BiblioPerks™ $106.88)

This study engages biblical, archaeological, and historical scholarship, along with recent developments in the philosophy and methodology of history, to present a narrative reconstruction of the rise of Hazael and Jehu to the thrones of Israel and Aram-Damascus.


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