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e-Gorgias (Issue 57, September 2012)


Issue 57
September 2012
Reading Time: 10 minutes

Happy September, Gorgiasians. As the Kiraz kids gear up for back-to-school and many of you head back to your universities for the fall semester, we at Gorgias Press send you our best wishes for the upcoming school year. To kick off the start of school, we have a real treat in store for all of you...

The Gorgias Back-To-School 30% Off Sale!

From now through September 15, enjoy all Gorgias Press titles at an amazing 30% off. Simply add items to your cart, and the discount will apply automatically when you check out. Please note that select books are exempt from the sale.

This issue of eGorgias brings back our Enthusiast of the Month feature. This month's Enthusiast is Dr. Jack Tannous, a longtime, dear friend of Gorgias Press who will begin teaching as an assistant professor of history at Princeton University this fall. Read on for more about Jack.

I am pleased to announce that George Kiraz's long-awaited Syriac Orthography (A Grammar of the Syriac Language, Volume 1) is now in press. If that wasn't exciting enough news, an even better deal awaits you: for a limited time, we will be offering the Syriac Orthography at a bargain 65% off pre-publication discount on top of any BiblioPerks™ discount (originally $247, now $60.61). Please click here for more information.

Finally, we are very close to reaching our 100th subscriber for our amazing, limited-time only 50%-off Antioch Bible deal. The Antioch Bible is a fresh new idiomatic English translation based on the Aramaic text of the Syriac Peshitta. Only the first 100 individual subscribers will be able to lock the price of all future volumes at half off the list price (orig. $150/volume, now $75/volume with subscription discount). Hurry and subscribe now!

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 Last Man of the Ottoman Grandees
By Fuat Andic

ISBN 978-1-61143-123-0
Hardback, $145.6 (BiblioPerks™ $101.92)

This book presents an English translation of Ali Paşa’s political testament with an introduction on the political events of his time.

Fifty-Three Years in Syria
By Henry Jessup

ISBN 978-1-60724-292-5
Hardback, $450.71 (BiblioPerks™ $315.50)

A massive undertaking, this widely read memoir of an American missionary in Syria and Lebanon during the nineteenth century has become a standard reference. Providing background and color for his own work, Jessup helps the reader understand some of the tragic incidents he faced, but also the optimistic sense of success that would eventually arise from the work he had done. Encompassing the spirit of travel and adventure characterized by the Gorgias Historic Travels in the Cradle of Civilization, this two-volume recollection will find avid readers from missions-minded laity and historians of Syria and Lebanon alike.

Melilah: Manchester Journal of Jewish Studies (2008)
By Bernard Jackson

ISBN 978-1-4632-0184-5
Paperback, $43.94 (BiblioPerks™ $30.76)

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.

Ars Christiana: In Memoriam Michail F. Murianov (21.XI.1928 - 6.VI.1995)
By Roman Krivko

ISBN 978-1-4632-0185-2
Hardback, $403.91 (BiblioPerks™ $282.74)

The volume is dedicated to various topics, which are directly or indirectly pertinent to the European Christian tradition, both Eastern and Western. Special attention is paid to the Byzantine hagiography and hymnography, taking into account their Slavonic versions. Several studies are dedicated to the Church Slavonic/Old Russian lexicography.

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™ $105.00)

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™ $105.00)

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.

Covenant and Grace in the Old Testament
By Robert Miller

ISBN 978-1-60724-015-0
Hardback, $161.95 (BiblioPerks™ $113.37)

This book examines the Old Testament language about Israel’s relationship with God in the light of Assyrian royal propaganda. Unpacking this language’s meaning in both Assyrian and biblical contexts, it shows the centrality of “grace” to this notion.

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

ISBN 978-1-4632-0171-5
Hardback, $322.25 (BiblioPerks™ $225.58)

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.


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


Cantus scriptus: Technologies of Medieval Song
This volume gathers six essays from papers presented at the 3rd Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium held at the University of Pennsylvania and the Free Library of Philadelphia in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on November 19-20, 2010. The essays explore both the technology of inscribed musical expression in the Middle Ages—especially in regard to notation—and the role that modern digital technologies play in facilitating the study of music manuscripts today.
ISBN 978-1-61719-056-8, Hardback, $164.515 (BiblioPerks™ $115.16)

Notables, Merchants, and Shaykhs of Southern Iran and Its Ports
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, $196.69 (BiblioPerks™ $137.68)

A Facsimile Edition of the Peshiṭto Old Testament Based on Codex Ambrosianus (7a1)
This volume provides a facsimile of one of the oldest manuscripts of the standard Syriac translation of the Bible, Codex Ambrosianus (7a1).
ISBN 978-1-61143-114-8, Hardback, $265.72 (BiblioPerks™ $186.00)

Normative Judaism? Jews, Judaism and Jewish Identity: The Proceedings of the British Association for Jewish Studies 2008
This collection of short case studies considers the issue of normatively in Judaism and Jewish identity. The questions of how and why certain aspects of Jewish life and thought come to be regarded as authoritative or normative, rather than inauthentic or marginal, have been and continue to be contentious ones. Topics include the philosopher Moses Maimonides, the composer Felix Mendelssohn, the self-perception of communal leadership in Manchester during the nineteenth- and twentieth-centuries, sermons of Jewish Reform rabbis during the Second World War, Orthodox rabbinic debate about war in general, representations of Jews in photographic exhibitions, the idea of Jewish music, and the academic study of Judaism itself.
ISBN 978-1-60724-161-4, Paperback, $56.03 (BiblioPerks™ $39.22)

Approaches to the History of the Interpretation of the Qur'ān
The essays gathered here expose and explore various aspects of the field of tafsīr, and their potential for scholarly research. The essays are divided into four main sections: formation and development; genres; sectarian dimensions; and modern trends.
ISBN 978-1-60724-046-4, Hardback, $197.86 (BiblioPerks™ $138.50)

The Filioque Impasse
A fascinating study of the underlying reasons for the disagreement over the clause “and the Son” in the Western version of the Niceno-Constantinopolitan creed, which contributed to the tragic schism between Eastern and Western Christians in the 11th century.
ISBN 978-1-60724-585-8, Hardback, $181.87 (BiblioPerks™ $127.31)




George Kiraz's Syriac Orthography (A Grammar of the Syriac Language, Volume 1) is now in press. For a limited time, we will be offering the Syriac Orthography at a bargain 65% off pre-publication discount

on top of any BiblioPerks™ discount (originally $247, now $60.61). To get the discount, add the product to your cart, then enter the coupon code 01-turrasmamlla. Please click here for more information - but don't miss out, so hurry!


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Thanks to you, we now have over 500 fans! Already many have won free books through our Gorgias Trivia games and have seen updates on the weekly best sellers. Our wonderful Gorgias staff, from Mary Ann, Phoebe, to Hoda and of course George have been updating the Gorgias Press Facebook fan page, daily. So if you are on Facebook, be sure to become a fan of Gorgias and discover special deals, offers and prizes before anyone else!

  Syriac Orthography (A Grammar of the Syriac Language, Volume 1)
By George Kiraz

ISBN 978-1-4632-0183-8, Cloth, $247 (Sale Price $222.30)

This volume, the first in a comprehensive grammar of the Syriac language, is a thematic presentation of orthography in the Syriac grammatical tradition, bringing the study of Syriac writing closer to modern linguistic accounts of writing systems.


Enthusiast of the Month: Dr. Jack Tannous, GP's Honorary Acquisitions Advisor!

Pictured left: Jack reading through a ninth-century Arabic Bible with his wife, Jeannette, at St Catherine's Monastery in the Sinai.

Jack Tannous was born and raised in Houston, Texas. For his BA, he attended the University of Texas, at Austin, where he majored in Philosophy, Arabic, Middle Eastern Studies and History. After UT, Jack attended Oxford, where he recieved an MPhil in Eastern Christian Studies and represented Gorgias Press at academic conferences in the UK. He did his PhD at Princeton and was a frequent visitor at George and Christine's house, as well as the GP offices in Piscataway; he always loved the people, the books, and of course, Christine's great food. After Princeton, he lived in Washington, DC for two years as a post-doc at Dumbarton Oaks. As part of that post-doc, he taught at George Washington University as well. He is now an assistant professor in the History Department at Princeton and is interested in Late Antique, early Islamic, and Byzantine history in the Near East. He is the author of Between Christology and Kalam? The Life and Letters of George, Bishop of the Arab Tribes (Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press, 2009).

"I started working for Gorgias not too long after the company was founded," said Jack. "Over the course of nearly a decade, I have been a number of things: an employee, an acquisitions specialist, and a constant emailer of George... but most of all, I have been a big fan!"


Between Christology and Kalām? The Life and Letters of George, Bishop of the Arab Tribes
By Jack Tannous

ISBN 978-1-60724-040-2
Paperback, $27.65 (BiblioPerks™ $24.89)

A translator of Aristotle and friend of Jacob of Edessa and Athanasios of Balad, George, Bishop of the Arab Tribes (d. AD 724) was an important figure in the history of the life and thought of the Syrian Orthodox Church. This article offers a study of the first three of George’s eleven extant letters and relates them to the larger Christian and Islamic context of his day. It will be of interest to students of Greek patristics, Syriac Christianity, and early Islamic history.


Review of Jongkind's Scribal Habits of Codex Sinaiticus in Sacra Scripta Journal of the Centre for Biblical Studies IX, 2 (2011)

The Sacra Scripta Journal of the Centre for Biblical Studies (IX.2, p. 207-210) published a review of Dirk Jongkind's Scribal Habits of Codex Sinaiticus (Texts and Studies 5) by Dan Batovici of University of St. Andrews who concludes:

This dense volume is a delight for the die-hard textual critic with an interest in scribal behavior. Its results advance our understanding on various points on Codex Sinaiticus and also on the more general topic of scribal habits in ancient (early Christian) Greek manuscripts.
Scribal Habits of Codex Sinaiticus
By Dirk Jongkind

ISBN 978-1-59333-422-2
Hardback, $127.5 (BiblioPerks™ $114.75)

Codex Sinaiticus is one of the most famous and important manuscripts of the Bible. The book studies a variety of textual and non-textual phenomena of this manuscript in order to learn more about the individual scribes who were responsible for copying the text.


Gorgias Press will be exhibiting at the conferences and meetings listed below, offering a special discount to conference attendees for not just the books on display but 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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