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e-Gorgias (Issue 49, November/ December 2011)

 

Issue 49
November/ December 2011
Reading Time: 8 minutes
 

Here at Gorgias, we are in full-scale holiday spirit. We just wrapped up another successful exhibition at the ASOR and SBL back-to-back annual meetings in sunny San Francisco. George and Hoda are in Washington, D.C. for the MESA exhibit. Please stop by our booth # 19 and say hello, browse our new publications, or just connect with other Gorgiasians and check out our great conference deals.

Gorgias Holiday Sale

If you cannot make it to MESA, never fear: we have a special holiday treat in store for all our Gorgiasians. As part of our annual holiday web sale, all BiblioPerks titles are marked down at an amazing 40% off. This year, we’re sweetening the deal by adding a dash of luck into the mix. Every tenth order placed online will automatically win an amazing bargain: all the items on the shopping cart reduced to $5 per book! As if that was not all, every online order will be entered into a drawing to win a professional Canon Rebel T2i 18 Megapixel HD camera in January! Please note that there are items that exempt from the sale including Sokoloff. These will be marked with a star in your shopping cart. Check carefully before placing an order as all sales through this web sale are final.

Numerous customers have already won $5/book price. We've compiled a select list of them in the news section; check out their picks and find out more details on the sale in the News section of eGorgias.

Don’t know what to get? Download our Gorgias Press 10th Anniversary catalog (5 MB) for our latest new books, and our G&C Kiraz catalog (4 MB) for reprints.

Finally, I am pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2012 Gorgias Book Grant in any subject area that Gorgias publishes in. Eligible candidates must be enrolled in a graduate program (Master's or Ph.D.) in an accredited university or an institution of learning in the field of the grant, and must have the equivalent of a GPA of 3.0 or higher. The application deadline is Tuesday, January 31, 2012; winners will be announced in March 2012. For more information on how to apply, please visit our Book Grants page.

Good luck to all, and happy reading.

Christine Kiraz


 

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

 

Six Homilies by Jacob of Sarug
By Sebastian Brock

ISBN 978-1-59333-445-1
Hardback, $109.3 (BiblioPerks™ $65.58)

Jacob of Sarug (451-521) was a prolific writer of the Syriac Church and was known as "the flute of the Holy Spirit and the harp of the believing church". Sebastian Brock gives the Syriac edition of six homilies written by Jacob: on the birth of our Lord; on the baptism of our Lord; on the Great Lent; on Palm Sunday; on Good Friday; on Easter Sunday. The text is based on an ancient manuscripts preserved in London and dated 609.



Terms for Eternity: Aiônios and Aïdios in Classical and Christian Texts
By Ilaria Ramelli

ISBN 978-1-59333-694-3
Hardback, $103 (BiblioPerks™ $61.80)

This book explores two ancient Greek terms for eternity, aiônios and aïdios, from their earliest occurrence in Pre-Socratic philosophy and Plato down through the patristic fathers, where they play a crucial role in debates over eternal punishment vs. universal salvation.



Journal of the Canadian Society for Syriac Studies 11
By Amir Harrak

ISBN 978-1-4632-0153-1
Paperback, $32.6 (BiblioPerks™ $19.56)

Volume 11 includes articles by Robert Mason, Alessandro Mengozzi, Mar Emmanuel J. Emmanuel, Shawqi Talia, Edward Odisho, and Kyle Smith and is archaeology and Neo-Aramaic.



Latin Historical Phonetics
By Helen Perdicoyianni

ISBN 978-1-4632-0048-0
Paperback, $36.5 (BiblioPerks™ $21.90)

The book is designed for students who wish to learn the principles of Latin phonetics as well as for more advanced students who wish to review or reevaluate these principles in the light of further philological and linguistic evidence.



Index to Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies
By J. Walters

ISBN 978-1-4632-0078-7
Paperback, $30.8 (BiblioPerks™ $18.48)

This publication is an index to Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies, Volumes 1-10. It includes indices organized by volume contents, article titles, authors, books reviewed, and subject keywords.



The Harp (Volume 22)
By Geevarghese Panicker

ISBN 978-1-61143-657-0
Hardback, $156.7 (BiblioPerks™ $94.02)

The Harp is the scholarly journal of Syriac, Oriental, and Ecumenical studies published by the St. Ephrem Ecumenical Research Institute (SEERI) in Kottayam, India.



Themes of Incarnation in the Sedre for the Period of Suboro-Yaldo according to the Mosul Fenqitho
By Stephen Plathottathil

ISBN 978-1-61143-579-5
Hardback, $196.15 (BiblioPerks™ $117.69)

Stephen Plathottathil provides here a study of the liturgical prayers known as sedre corresponding to the portion of the liturgical year from annunciation (suboro) to nativity (yaldo).



Elements of Cultural Continuity in Modern German Literature
By Ramona Simut

ISBN 978-1-61143-966-3
Hardback, $157.45 (BiblioPerks™ $94.47)

Providing an analysis of the most important works of Goethe, Nietzsche, and Thomas Mann based on the methodology of comparative literature, this book attempts to determine the elements which reflect a common line of thought in their writings, as well as investigating how these cultural themes reflect their perspective on life and the world, the German spirit and nationality, art and music, politics and society.



Lily Montagu's Shekhinah
By Luke Devine

ISBN 978-1-61143-684-6
Hardback, $130 (BiblioPerks™ $78.00)

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.



The Reception and Remembrance of Abraham
By Pernille Carstens

ISBN 978-1-4632-0054-1
Hardback, $124 (BiblioPerks™ $74.40)

This book explores the role of the Biblical patriarch Abraham in the formation and use of authoritative texts in the Persian and Hellenistic periods. It reflects a conference session in 2009 focusing on Abraham as a figure of cultural memory in the literature of these periods.



Neo-Assyrian Prophecy and the Hebrew Bible: Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah
By Russell Mack

ISBN 978-1-4632-0077-0
Hardback, $160.6 (BiblioPerks™ $96.36)

This comparative literary study of Neo-Assyrian prophecy and the Old Testament books Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah highlights similarities and differences in the material. The differences have implications for who produced the material and when.



The Ramesseum
By James Edward Quibell

ISBN 978-1-61719-479-5
Paperback, $39.05 (BiblioPerks™ $23.43)

Inscriptions from the Ramesseum in Thebes and the tomb of Ptahhotep - architect of three different pyramids - at Thebes; the archaeological work of 1896 in Egypt.



The "Varlik Vergisi" Affair
By Rifat N. Bali

ISBN 978-1-61719-124-4
Hardback, $163.9 (BiblioPerks™ $98.34)

A comprehensive study on Varlik Vergisi (the Capital Tax) which was implemented on the minorities of the Turkish Republic in 1942-43 and affected their lives as well as conceptions of their place in the society.






 





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

 

Gorgias Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Syriac Heritage
The Gorgias Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Syriac Heritage (GEDSH) is the first major encyclopedia-type reference work devoted exclusively to Syriac Christianity, both as a field of scholarly inquiry and as the inheritance of Syriac Christians today. In more than 600 entries it covers the Syriac heritage from its beginnings in the first centuries of the Common Era up to the present day. Special attention is given to authors, literary works, scholars, and locations that are associated with the Classical Syriac tradition. Within this tradition, the diversity of Syriac Christianity is highlighted as well as Syriac Christianity’s broader literary and historical contexts, with major entries devoted to Greek and Arabic authors and more general themes, such as Syriac Christianity’s contacts with Judaism and Islam, and with Armenian, Coptic, Ethiopian, and Georgian Christianities.
ISBN 978-1-59333-714-8, Hardback, $160 (BiblioPerks™ $96.00)

The Book of Isaiah According to the Syriac Peshi?ta Version
Greenberg and Walter have produced an annotated translation of the Peshitta version of the Book of Isaiah. Kiraz has edited the Peshitta text. The English translation and the Syriac text are shown on facing pages so that both can be studied together.
ISBN 978-1-4632-0155-5, Hardback, $75 (BiblioPerks™ $45.00)

The Two Syriac Versions of the Prayer of Manasseh
The authors present a detailed philological and linguistic comparison of two versions of The Prayer of Manasseh. Combing state-of-the-art computational tools together with traditional philology the texts are compared at all linguistic levels, from their vocabulary up to their discursive structure, with a special emphasis on their morphology and syntax. The results are revealing not only as for the question of the relationship between the two versions, but also illuminate various debates pertaining to Syriac syntax.
ISBN 978-1-4632-0050-3, Hardback, $111 (BiblioPerks™ $66.60)

Abgadiyat

Abgadiyat is an annual trilingual Arabic-English-French journal published by the Calligraphy Center of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Alexandria, Egypt. The journal's aim is to research, conserve and interpret the writings, calligraphies, numismatics and inscriptions of the ancient and medieval worlds.


ISBN 978-1-61143-553-5, Hardback, $475.9 (BiblioPerks™ $285.54)

 

The Last Man of the Ottoman Grandees
English translation of Ali Pasa’s Political Testament which was presented to the Sultan to draw a picture of the time and give a future course of action to save the empire from its doom.
ISBN 978-1-61143-123-0, Hardback, $112 (BiblioPerks™ $67.20)

Histoire des Mongols
A history of the Mongols by a Swedish diplomat of Armenian descent, of extraordinary completeness
ISBN 978-1-61143-280-0, Hardback, $758.65 (BiblioPerks™ $455.19)

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™ $273.72)

 


 





Dear Gorgasians,

It has been very busy in acquisitions this month with a diverse array of new titles and journals in the pipeline.

First there is The Epic of Aqhat: Narration, Characterization and Meaning by Shirly Yulzary. The Epic of Aqhat is subjected here to a multi-dimensional literary analysis which yields significant findings. It addresses the human existential condition and conveys some moral, didactic, and sapiential ideas. The analysis also greatly contributes to our understanding of the affinities between Ugaritic and biblical literature.

New to our TeCLA Series (Texts from Christian Late Antiquity) we have Hymns on the Unleavened Bread by Ephrem the Syrian, with Syriac text and English translation, as well as introduction, by James Walters. Ephrem offers a unique perspective on Christian exegesis, hermeneutics, and self-understanding through the lens of the Christian Paschal feast as he constructs a polemical narrative of symbol fulfilled by reality.

Coming soon in our Biblical Intersections series is Eve: The Unbearable Flaming Fire, edited by Mishael Caspi and John Greene. This book is about how Eve, the literary character, has fared in Judaism, Christianity and Islam, as well as by the independent, non-aligned scholar of literature. All of the essays contained in this anthology were presented orally during an international seminar on biblical characters in the three traditions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam that took place at the University of Vienna (2007).

Finally, I am also pleased to announce that we have finalised an agreement to publish Kubaba: Journal of Ancient Southwest Asia and Eastern Mediterranean Studies. Kubaba is a new online journal concerned with the period from the emergence of writing and complex societies (4th millennium BCE) down to the beginnings of the Classical Era. The geographical scope of the journal encompasses the Eastern Mediterranean, together with the Aegean and Cyprus, and Southwestern Asia, this last region including not only the traditional Ancient Near East but also the Caucasus and Arabian Peninsula. Kubaba seeks furthermore to explore the interaction between these areas and other Mediterranean or Eurasian contexts. Contributions may come from a wide range of disciplines, including Anthropology, Archaeology, Epigraphy, History, Historical Linguistics, among others.

Happy reading Gorgiasians!

Katie Stott

Acquisitions Editor

 

Hymns on the Unleavened Bread By J. Walters
In the Hymns on the Unleavened Bread, Ephrem offers a unique perspective on Christian exegesis, hermeneutics, and self-understanding through the lens of the Christian Paschal feast as he constructs a polemical narrative of symbol fulfilled by reality.
ISBN 978-1-4632-0159-3, Paperback, $39.5 (BiblioPerks™ $23.70)

Eve: The Unbearable Flaming Fire By Mishael Caspi
The book is about how Eve, the literary character, has fared in Judaism, Christianity and Islam, as well as by the independent, non-aligned scholar of literature. All of the essays contained in this anthology were presented orally during an international seminar on biblical characters in the three traditions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam that took place at the University of Vienna (2007).
ISBN 978-1-4632-0160-9, Hardback, $137.5 (BiblioPerks™ $82.50)

Kubaba 1 (2010) By Miguel Valério
Kubaba is a peer-reviewed journal which specializes in the geographical region of Southwest Asia, the Eastern Mediterranean, and the Aegean before the Classical Era. It publishes articles, notes, news and reviews.
ISBN 978-1-4632-0144-9, Paperback, $52 (BiblioPerks™ $31.20)

 


 





Gorgias Press' Annual Web Sale!

As part of our annual holiday web sale, all BiblioPerks titles will be marked down at an amazing 40% off through Gorgias BiblioPerks. Customers who place every tenth order will automatically win an amazing bargain: all the items on the shopping cart reduced to an unbelievable price of $5 per book!

Winners will be notified of their selection by email and will be announced on our website. This offer is only available for a limited time; don’t miss your chances at unbelievable discounts. As if that was not all, every online order will be entered into a drawing to win a professional Canon Rebel T2i 18 Megapixel HD camera in January!

You must log into your Gorgias account to see the discounted prices. Please note that there are a few titles that will not be marked down due to co-publication agreements with partners. These items will be marked with a star on your shopping cart. Please check prices carefully before placing your online order as all sales through this web sale are final -- no cancellations or returns will be accepted. Only customers who pre-pay with a credit card and place one order per day can participate in the $5/book prize.

Good luck, Gorgiasians, and happy shopping!

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Announcing the First Round of Gorgias Press' Annual Web Sale Winners!

Since our annual holiday web sale began last week, 3 lucky Gorgiasians have won the $5/book prize thus far. We are pleased to announce the winners from the past few days: Gerald R. Skaletzky, Paul Crego, and Dr. Hans-Ulrich Wiemer.

When asked about his opinion of Gorgias Press, Gerald Skaletzky remarked, "I purchase books from Gorgias Press because of the high-quality of scholarship that exists behind each volume."

Congratulations to our sale winners and all who participated! Keep shopping for your chance to WIN!

 

 


 





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.

 


 





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