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e-Gorgias (Issue 54, June 2012)

 

Issue 54
June 2012
Reading Time: 12 minutes
 

June is here, and so is the warm, sunny weather we've been waiting for. As always, we are working around the clock, rain or shine, to bring you the very best Gorgias Press has to offer. Summer conference season is also officially in full swing. We just returned from the North American Patristics Society Annual Meeting in Chicago, and we will be exhibiting everywhere from Arizona to Malta this summer. Be sure to take a look at our Conferences section of the newsletter to see where we will be exhibiting next.

Gorgias Press is pleased to offer an overstock sale at an amazing 60% discount on select items. Please click here for a full list of books on sale. Hurry and don't miss out - the sale ends on Thursday, June 14!

I am pleased to announce the arrival of Gospel of Matthew volume of The Antioch Bible, which just arrived hot off the press this morning! We also recently received the long-awaited Book of Isaiah volume of The Antioch Bible just a few weeks ago. You can read more about the Antioch Bible in our News section. The Antioch Bible is a fresh new idiomatic English translation based on the Aramaic text of the Syriac Peshitta, which is also part of our new Surath Kthob series.

We are running a limited-time special subscription rate for the first 100 individual subscribers at half price. Only the first 100 individual subscribers will be able to lock the price of all future volumes at 50% off the list price (orig. $150/volume, now $75/volume with subscription discount. Your credit card will only be charged as volumes become available, and you can cancel your subscription after you have received at least twelve volumes. Click here to download free samples from the Book of Isaiah and to subscribe at the special rate. Again, only the first 100 individual subscribers will get this unbeatable price, and we are very close to reaching our 100th subscriber. Yallah, hurry and subscribe now!

Finally, I am happy to announce that we have finally come to a consensus on our 2012 Gorgias Book Grant winners. The application process was particularly difficult this year as we had the largest applicant pool in Gorgias Press's history. I extend my deepest congratulations to our two winners, Timothy B. Sailors and Todd French, who you can read more about in our next issue. Thank you to all who applied, and best of luck with your studies.

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.

 

  The Gospel of Matthew According to the Syriac Peshitta Version with English Translation
By Jeff Childers

ISBN 978-1-4632-0174-6
Cloth, $150 <!-(BiblioPerks™ $90.00)-->

This volume is part of a series of English translations of the Syriac Peshiṭta along with the Syriac text carried out by an international team of scholars. Childers has translated the Peshiṭta of Matthew, while Kiraz has prepared the Syriac text in the west Syriac script, fully vocalized and pointed. The translation and the Syriac text are presented on facing pages so that both can be studied together. All readers are catered for: those wanting to read the text in English, those wanting to improve their grasp of Syriac by reading the original language along with a translation, and those wanting to focus on a fully vocalized Syriac text.



The Book of Isaiah According to the Syriac Peshitta Version with English Translation
By Gillian Greenberg

ISBN 978-1-4632-0155-5
Cloth, $150 <!-(BiblioPerks™ $90.00)-->

This volume is the first in a series of English translations of the Syriac Peshitta along with the Syriac text carried out by an international team of scholars. Greenberg and Walter have produced an annotated translation of the Peshitta version of the Book of Isaiah, while Kiraz and Bali have edited the Peshitta text. The English translation and the Syriac text are shown on facing pages so that both can be studied together.



From Ugarit to Nabataea
By George Kiraz

ISBN 978-1-4632-0180-7
Hardback, $191.04

From Ugarit to Nabataea is a collection of articles on the texts and cultures of various Near and Middle Eastern societies. They include discussion of the religious beliefs, iconography, epigraphy, architecture and language of these societies.



Cyriacus of Tagrit and his Book on Divine Providence
By Mikael Oez

ISBN 978-1-4632-0171-5
Hardback, $322.25 <!-(BiblioPerks™ $193.35)-->

Corpus of Cyriacus of Tagrit, including his major work, the Book on Divine Providence. Volume 1 is a monograph on Cyriacus of Tagrit and his writings, and Volume 2 contains the text and translation of all surviving works by Cyriacus.






 

 



 

This month in acquisitions we have a number of new titles in Syriac, Biblical, and Jewish Studies. Coming soon to the Perspectives on Syriac Linguistics Series is another published colloquia of the International Syriac Language Project (ISLP). In this volume, editors Jonathan Loopstra and Michael Sokoloff present papers from an international team of authors working to develop contemporary, interdisciplinary approaches to linguistics and lexicography. This volume brings together the latest research in Syriac linguistics and lexicography in a way that would also benefit those working in Greek and other Semitic languages.

Following on from their recent Gorgias volume on Eve, editors Mishael Caspi and John Greene bring us two more anthologies exploring biblical characters from Jewish, Christian, and Islamic perspectives. This time Job and King David are the focus for discussion. Essays span a range of disciplines and provide fresh angles for reflection on these much-discussed figures.

Also coming soon to print is the 2008 volume of Melilah, an interdisciplinary electronic journal concerned with Jewish law, history, literature, religion, culture and thought in the ancient, medieval and modern eras. Contributions to this volume include: Tobias Green, “Equal Partners? Proselytising by Africans and Jews in the 17th Century Atlantic Diaspora,” David Lincicum, “An Index to Frey’s Jewish Inscriptions in Recent New Editions,” Daniel R. Langton, “Some Comments on Micah Berdichevsky’s Saul and Paul,” Dan Garner, “The Nature of Ultra-Orthodox Responses to the Holocaust,” Giula F. Miller, “A Surrealist Reading: Formlessness and Non-Differentiation in Yitzhak Orpaz’s The Hunting of the Gazelle, (Tseyd ha-Tsviyah, 1966) A Cycle of Three Stories.”

Happy reading Gorgiasians!

The Gorgias Acquisitions Department

 

Foundations for Syriac Lexicography V By Jonathan Loopstra
This volume is the fifth published colloquia of the International Syriac Language Project (ISLP). In this volume, editors Jonathan Loopstra and Michael Sokoloff present papers from an international team of authors working to develop contemporary, interdisciplinary approaches to linguistics and lexicography.
ISBN 978-1-61719-027-8, Hardback, $157.3

Portraits of a King Favored by God By Mishael Caspi
David the king when studied against the backdrop of existing material cultural remains from the ancient Middle East scarcely seems to have been there. Excavations in Jerusalem have turned up nothing concrete about his existence. The literature concerning him is fraught with problems and generally takes on a legendary-mythological character. Even his name is unclear as to meaning. If he is mentioned at all by his contemporary monarchs against whom he would have fought or over whom he would have ruled, it is only obliquely or only intimated by omissions or partial spellings in context. This volume attempts to advance scholarship addressing these concerns.

Job of Uz By Mishael Caspi
Job finds himself in a situation similar to that experienced by everyone at some point in his or her life. He wants answers to questions concerning what has happened to him, especially since he has lived his life according to the traditional wisdom and rules of conduct. What has gone wrong and why? are the two main questions to which he rails against misfortune to provide answers.

Melilah: Manchester Journal of Jewish Studies (2008) By Bernard Jackson
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 (2008) include Tobias Green, David Lincicum, Daniel R. Langton, Dan Garner, and Giula F. Miller.
ISBN 978-1-4632-0184-5, Paperback, $43.94

 


 





Gorgias is excited to announce that the first two volumes of The Antioch Bible are now in print. The Gospel of Matthew, the second volume to appear in the 5-year series, has the English translation by Jeff W. Childers and the Syriac text prepared by George A. Kiraz. Of the four canonical gospels, Matthew was the most popular and influential in the Early Church. Its intriguingly complicated textual character provides important information about the early Greek texts from which the Syriac version was translated, and the influences of translation technique and interpretive traditions. The Gospel of Matthew is not merely a remarkable subject of academic study, for its primary purpose over the centuries has been to serve the basic ecclesial needs of Syriac speakers. Its text is quoted regularly in the liturgies, and its phrases and imagery pervade the prayers and spiritual vocabulary of these communities.

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Review of Sebastian Brock, Aaron Butts, George Kiraz, and Lucas Van Rompay's Gorgias Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Syriac Heritage in Globalisering, christendom en het Midden-Oosten Blog

The Globalisering, christendom en het Midden-Oosten blog published a review of Sebastian Brock, Aaron Butts, George Kiraz, and Lucas Van Rompay's Gorgias Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Syriac Heritage by Professor Heleen L. Murre - van den Berg. She writes:

[GEDSH] reflects a field that has matured pretty quickly over the last thirty years, and now has something to show for it – something both attractive and impressive, scholarly sound as much as easily accessible by the general public ... For the scholars in the field, these provide concise overviews of the status questions on many different topics ... [Lay readers] will find this ‘Dictionary’ an excellent gateway to the Syriac tradition, to its churches and to the people that are the primary recipients and carriers of that heritage that hopefully will continue to inspire many."

Gorgias Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Syriac Heritage appears on the Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate Official Website

For our Arabic readers, the Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate Official Website published an announcement for Sebastian Brock, Aaron Butts, George Kiraz, and Lucas Van Rompay's Gorgias Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Syriac Heritage.

Gorgias Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Syriac Heritage
By Sebastian Brock

ISBN 978-1-59333-714-8
Hardback, $160 institutional; $98 individuals

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.




 





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