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e-Gorgias (Issue 61, January 2013)


Issue 61
January 2013
Reading Time: 10 minutes

2013 is now upon us, and the Gorgias Press team sends you and your loved ones best wishes for the new year.

As we wrap up another successful holiday season at the Press, we have plenty of exciting new forthcoming titles. Be sure to check out our Acquisitions column below for more on upcoming GP books. Also see our Reviews section for recent scholarly reviews of Gorgias Press titles.

The deadline for the 2013 Gorgias Book Grant is just around the corner. 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 Thursday, January 31, 2013; winners will be announced in March 2013. For more information on how to apply, please visit our Book Grants page.

An international, inter-faith team of specialists and Biblical scholars is working around the clock to bring you the next installments of the Antioch Bible series. The Antioch Bible is a fresh new idiomatic English translation based on the Aramaic text of the Syriac Peshitta. 2012 saw the release of the first four volumes, and we hope to bring you more in the 2013. 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!

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.


Narratology and the Pentateuch Targums
By Simon Lasair

ISBN 978-1-61143-489-7
Hardback, $172.9 (BiblioPerks™ $164.26)

In this innovative book Simon Lasair explores some of the potentials of applying narratology to the Pentateuch Targums. Lasair argues that when the targums present coherent narratives, they largely carry the major structures of the Pentateuch over into an Aramaic context. This book calls for a wide ranging rethink of the methodologies used to study targumic literature, as well as how to place the targums within their original historical contexts.

Journal of the Canadian Society for Syriac Studies 12
By Amir Harrak

ISBN 978-1-4632-0216-3
Paperback, $75 (BiblioPerks™ $71.25)

Volume 12 includes articles by Françoise Briquel Chatonnet, Kyle Smith, Adam Lehto, Mar Awa David Royel, Bernard Heyberger, Nasir al-Kaʿbi, Amir Harrak and Khalid Dinno.

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

ISBN 978-1-59333-957-9
Hardback, $196.69 (BiblioPerks™ $186.86)

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.”

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

ISBN 978-1-4632-0183-8
Cloth, $247 (BiblioPerks™ $234.65)

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.

The Book of the Twelve Minor Prophets According to the Syriac Peshitta Version with English Translation
By Donald Walter

ISBN 978-1-4632-0177-7
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. 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.

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

ISBN 978-1-61719-561-7
Hardback, $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 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.


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


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™ $207.81)

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™ $172.78)

First Came Marriage
Competing ritual and historical perspectives each provide only a partial view of early Jewish weddings. Combining these approaches allows for a new look at practices rejected or highlighted by early rabbis and their successors, and First Came Marriage: The Rabbinic Appropriation of Early Jewish Wedding Ritual investigates the process by which early Jews married and the various moves they used to minimize, elaborate or codify these practices.
ISBN 978-1-59333-585-4, Hardback, $176.8 (BiblioPerks™ $167.96)

Jacob of Sarug’s Homily on the Sinful Woman
This volume gives a bilingual Syriac-English edition of Saint Jacob of Sarug’s homily on the Sinful Woman. The Syriac text is fully vocalized, and the translation is annotated with a commentary and biblical references. The volume constitutes a fascicle of Gorgias’s Complete Homilies of Saint Jacob of Sarug.
ISBN 978-1-61719-834-2, Paperback, $35.75 (BiblioPerks™ $33.96)



Gorgias is pleased to announce forthcoming publication of the following titles in the fields of biblical interpretation, Eastern Christianity and Early Christianity.

This month will see next two titles will go to press in the series Perspectives on Hebrew Scriptures and its Contexts. The next two volumes in this series, now available to order, are Cultural Memory in Biblical Exegesis (edited by Pernille Carstens, Trine Hasselbalch and Niels Peter Lemche) and Conceptual Metaphors in Poetic Texts (edited by Antje Labahn and Pierre Van Hecke). We also have a revised dissertation in our Dissertations sub-series Gorgias Studies in Early Christianity and Patristics: Early Christian Attitudes to War, Violence and Military Service (by Despina Iosif).

Melonie Schmierer
Acquisitions Editor


Cultural Memory in Biblical Exegesis By Pernille Carstens
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™ $197.41)

Conceptual Metaphors in Poetic Texts By Antje Labahn
The articles of this book understand conceptual metaphors as interpretation of various aspects of life in general, about God, heaven and earth. They link metaphorical language to an overall understanding of concepts of world view.
ISBN 978-1-61719-029-2, Hardback, $165.1 (BiblioPerks™ $156.85)

Early Christian Attitudes to War, Violence and Military Service By Despina Iosif
The early Christians were not of one mind when it came to war, violence and military service. There was a bewildering variety of opinion as to how they understood their place in the world. It seems however that generally they did not stand apart from society; on the contrary, they were happy to integrate and conform and they often accepted war and service in the army as activities which did not raise specific ethical problems.
ISBN 978-1-61143-486-6, Hardback, $191.62 (BiblioPerks™ $182.04)



Journeys Reviews A Bridge Over the Balkans

In its recent issue (vol. 13, p. 101-103), Journeys published a review of Eleftheria Arapoglou's A Bridge Over the Balkans: Demetra Vaka Brown and the Tradition of “Women’s Orients” (Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press, 2011) by Brian Yothers of the University of Texas at El Paso.

"Arapoglou’s study serves to expand our own sense of the layered dimensions of travel and travel writing, and does so with critical and theoretical sophistication supplemented by careful and diligent archival research. A Bridge Over the Balkans is a worthy and provocative contribution to the linked fields of American Studies, transnational studies, feminist and gender studies, and the study of travel as both representation and practice," commented Yothers.
A Bridge Over the Balkans: Demetra Vaka Brown and the Tradition of “Women’s Orients”
By Eleftheria Arapoglou

ISBN 978-1-59333-655-4
Hardback, $162.5 (BiblioPerks™ $154.38)

This book is a critical study of Demetra Vaka Brown, one of the most significant Greek American writers of the turn of the last century, framed within the fields of “Orientalism” and cultural studies.




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