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e-Gorgias (Issue 59, November 2012)

 

Issue 59
November 2012
Reading Time: 10 minutes
 


We send this issue of eGorgias to our Gorgias Press friends and family with sincerest wishes that you and your loved ones are safe and were spared the worst of Hurricane Sandy's devastation. New Jersey was hit particularly badly by the storm, and we at GP certainly felt the effects of it. A big portion of a tree fell on the building that houses Gorgias Press and Beth Mardutho and we lost electricity for a few days, but the damage is minor in comparison with what others are going through. In general, New Jersey is experiencing a difficult time right now. Most of our employees still do not have power in their homes, and gas (petrol) is extremely scarce. There are still fallen trees and fallen power lines in the area, and we have a lot of clean up work ahead of us. As of Thursday morning (November 1), we were able to put all of our systems back together and get the Internet functioning again; however, we experienced another power outage from Friday November 2 through Sunday November 4. A big thank you goes to Doug Ojala, our brilliant Pre-Press Technician, for working in the dark for a few hours to get things up and running again.

Image at left: The tree that hit Gorgias during Sandy.

Even though our Internet and power is back to normal, it will take our staff about a week to catch up, especially with email and customer inquiries. Please be patient with us. We thank you for your understanding, and we will do our best to serve you. We are most thankful that the worst we suffered was a power outage, and our hearts go out to all those affected by the storm. We hope that some of the exciting news in this issue of eGorgias will cheer you up and make up for the fact that Halloween was postponed!

Our favorite part about fall is coming up: conference season! Don't forget to check us out at The Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting in Chicago and The Middle Eastern Studies Association Annual Meeting in Denver, CO in just a few weeks. Stop by our booths (#220 at SBL and #704 at MESA) and say hello, browse our new publications, or just connect with other Gorgiasians and check out our great conference deals.

Gorgias has seen a bit of publicity over the past month. See our News section for a case study by Network Automation on Gorgias Press. Additionally, Gorgias Editor-in-Chief/President George Kiraz was recently ordained as a Deacon into the Syrian Orthodox Church. Congratulations to George! For our Arabic readers, see our News section for an article on George's ordination from the official Patriarchate website.

I am pleased to announce that the next two books in the Antioch Bible Series, The Book of the Twelve Minor Prophets and The Gospel of Mark, will be shipping in November. The Antioch Bible is a fresh new idiomatic English translation based on the Aramaic text of the Syriac Peshitta. If you haven't already, sign up for our amazing, limited-time only 50%-off Antioch Bible deal. 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). Please note that the 50% off is only for subscribers to the series and not the individual books. Hurry and subscribe now!

George Kiraz's long-awaited Syriac Orthography (A Grammar of the Syriac Language, Volume 1) will be shipping from the printer next week! 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, if you no longer wish to receive emails from us, we now have a more effective unsubscribe link at the bottom of this email. We apologize that the previous issues of eGorgias did not provide accessible unsubscribe links - we hope this will be more user-friendly.

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.

 

Notables, Merchants, and Shaykhs of Southern Iran and Its Ports
By Thomas Ricks

ISBN 978-1-59333-957-9
Hardback, $196.69 (BiblioPerks™ $177.02)

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."



Job of Uz
By Mishael Caspi

ISBN 978-1-61143-420-0
Hardback, $174.46 (BiblioPerks™ $157.01)

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.



Cantus scriptus: Technologies of Medieval Song
By Lynn Ransom

ISBN 978-1-61719-056-8
Hardback, $125 (BiblioPerks™ $112.50)

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.



Portraits of a King Favored by God
By Mishael Caspi

ISBN 978-1-61143-405-7
Hardback, $182.455 (BiblioPerks™ $164.21)

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.



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

ISBN 978-1-4632-0174-6
Cloth, $150 ($75/volume with subscription)

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 ($75/volume with subscription) 

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.



The Christian Minorities in Turkey
By Wilhelm Baum

ISBN 978-1-61143-577-1
Hardback, $180.895 (BiblioPerks™ $162.81)

In the present work, Wilhelm Baum provides an historical survey of the experiences of Christian communities in Turkey with a particular emphasis on the massacre in the early twentieth century.






 





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

 

Syriac Orthography (A Grammar of the Syriac Language, Volume 1)
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.
ISBN 978-1-4632-0183-8, Cloth, $247 (Discount Price $60.61)

The Book of the Twelve Minor Prophets According to the Syriac Peshitta Version with English Translation
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. Greenberg and Walter have produced an annotated translation of the Peshiṭta version of The Twelve Minor Prophets, while Kiraz and Bali have edited the Peshiṭta text. The English translation and the Syriac text are shown on facing pages so that both can be studied together.
ISBN 978-1-4632-0177-7, Cloth, $150 ($75/volume with subscription) 

The Gospel of Mark According to the Syriac Peshitta Version with English Translation
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 Mark, 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.
ISBN 978-1-61719-561-7, Hardback, $150 ($75/volume with subscription)

Cultural Memory in Biblical Exegesis
The present collection of essays is the first product of the research program Cultural Memory in Biblical Exegesis at the European Association of Biblical Studies.
ISBN 978-1-61719-165-7, Hardback, $207.805 (BiblioPerks™ $187.02)

A Comparative Dialectical Study of Genitive Constructions in Aramaic Translations of Exodus
The purpose of this book is to “mine the gold” in multiple Aramaic translations of the biblical book of Exodus. The pages within reveal important similarities and differences between five Aramaic dialects in the use of genitive constructions: the Syriac Peshitta, Targum Onkelos, three corpora of the Palestinian Targum, the Samaritan Targum, and fragments of a Christian Palestinian Aramaic translation of Exodus.
ISBN 978-1-61143-002-8, Hardback, $218.75 (BiblioPerks™ $196.88)

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™ $163.68)

 


 





Gorgias in the News!

The official website of the Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate published an article in Arabic on Gorgias Press President/Editor in Chief George Kiraz's recent ordination as shamosho, or Deacon, into the Church. To read more, click: من أنباء الأبرشيات - رسامة الملفونو جورج كيراز شماساً إنجيلياً

Ever wonder how Gorgias Press is able to bring you so many different books in so little time? Our partners at Network Automation recently featured Gorgias Press in a case study of theirs. Read an excerpt:

"Named after the Greek philosopher Gorgias, who was known for his rhetorical innovations in classical Greece, the Press hopes to make these specialty texts available for years to come. President and co-owner George, who received advance degrees in computational linguistics and Syriac from Oxford and Cambridge, established a press similar to his research interests. He soon found, however, that Gorgias Press was expanding to include more related areas, which meant a bigger demand had to be met."

 

Read more: "An Independent Publisher Uses AutoMate BPA Server to Help Preserve Ancient Texts"

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George Kiraz's Syriac Orthography (A Grammar of the Syriac Language, Volume 1) will be shipping from the printer next week! 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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  Syriac Orthography (A Grammar of the Syriac Language, Volume 1)
By George Kiraz

ISBN 978-1-4632-0183-8, Cloth, $247 (Discount Price $60.61)

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.






 





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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