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e-Gorgias (Issue 63, March 2013)


Issue 63
March 2013
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March is here, and winter is slowly on its way out. As always, we at Gorgias Press are hard at work bringing you the best new reads to quench your scholarly thirst. This issue of eGorgias is full of new and exciting news and new releases, so be sure to read on for more.

First, Gorgias Press is pleased to offer an overstock sale at 60% off discount on select items. The sale ends on March 14, 2013, so be sure to order soon!

We are saddened to announce the departure of our good friend and employee, Doug Ojala. Doug has served as GP's Pre-Press Technician since the summer of 2009, and is moving on to further pursue his career in engineering. In honor of Doug and his outstanding contributions to Gorgias Press, we are dedicating our Enthusiast of the Month column to him.

We are still accepting applications for our 2013 Book Grand competition for graduate students. Please see our News section for more, or visit our Book Grants pages for more information. The deadline is March 29, 2013, so be sure to apply soon.

If you haven't already, sign up for our amazing, limited-time only 50%-off Antioch Bible deal (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 would like to unsubscribe from eGorgias, the link can be found at the top and bottom of this newsletter.

Happy reading,

Christine Kiraz


  • Recently Released
  • From the Acquisitions Desk
  • Coming Soon
  • News
  • Enthusiast of the Month: Doug Ojala
  • Conferences


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

A History of the Syrian Community of Grand Rapids, 1890-1945
  By James F. Goode

ISBN 978-1-61719-028-5
 Hardback, $163.15

 Provides the first history of the old Syrian community of Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1890-1945, focusing on the slow process of ethnic acculturation during which community members developed a hybrid culture, drawing on elements of the old and the new.


Cultural Memory in Biblical Exegesis
  Edited by Pernille Carstens, Trine Bjørnung Hasselbalch & Niels Peter Lemche

ISBN 978-1-61719-165-7
 Hardback, $207.805

 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.


Early Christian Attitudes to War, Violence and Military Service
  By Despina Iosif

ISBN 978-1-61143-486-6
 Hardback, $208.39

 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.


Fifty Years in Constantinople and Recollections of Robert College
  By George Washburn; Introduction by Devrim Umit

ISBN 978-1-4632-0028-2
 Hardback, $209.56

 George Washburn’s memoir describes characters and events during his presidency of Robert College (1877–1903), the first American missionary college in the Ottoman Empire and the Near East, and the first American college founded outside the United States, as well as the rivalry between the declining Ottoman Empire and the rapidly growing United States.


Conceptual Metaphors in Poetic Texts
  Edited by Antje Labahn

ISBN 978-1-61719-029-2
 Hardback, $165.10

 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.


Traces, Memory and the Holocaust in the Writings of W.G. Sebald
  Supplement 2: Edited by Jean-Marc Dreyfus & Janet Wolff

ISBN 978-1-61143-223-7
 Paperback, $65

 A multidisciplinary study of W.G. Sebald's concerns in German-Jewish history, traces, displacement, and memory of an evocative past, as can be found in his writings on the city of Manchester.


First Came Marriage
  By Susan Marks

ISBN 978-1-59333-585-4
 Hardback, $183.04

 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.


Seeing the God
  Edited by Jeffrey B. Pettis

ISBN 978-1-61143-251-0
 Hardback, $176.80

 Seeing the God: Ways of Envisioning the Divine in Ancient Mediterranean Religion is a collection of essays exploring the concept of how the ancients “envisioned” the deities within various ancient religious traditions, including Judaism, Gnosticism, Syriac Christianity, Byzantium, and Classical Greco-Roman religion and philosophy.


The Account of the Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Yūḥanun Bar Šay Allāh (1483–1492)
  By Iskandar Bcheiry

ISBN 978-1-4632-0213-2
 Hardback, $147.16

 This volume provides an analysis of a late fifteenth century document, a hitherto unpublished narration of the life and accomplishments of Yūḥanun Bar Šay Allāh, a fifteenth-century Syriac Orthodox Patriarch.


Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies (volume 15)
  Volume 15: General Editor George A. Kiraz

ISBN 978-1-4632-0219-4
 Paperback, $75

 Widely regarded as a premier journal dedicated to the study of Syriac, Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies was established in 1998 as a venue devoted exclusively to the discipline. An organ of Beth Mardutho, the Syriac Institute, the journal appears semi-annually and will be printed in annual editions. A peer-reviewed journal, Hugoye is a respected academic source for up-to-date information about the state of Syriac studies and for discovering what is going on in the field. Contributors include some of the most respected names in the world of Syriac today.


The Martyrdom of St Phokas of Sinope
  Introduction & translation and edition by Sebastian P. Brock

ISBN 978-1-4632-0189-0
 Paperback, $40.43

 The fame of the martyr St Phokas, first bishop of Sinope (on the Black Sea) and patron of seafarers, had spread to many parts of the Christian world by the fifth and sixth centuries. Although the Acts of his martyrdom under Trajan were composed in Greek, the earliest witness to them is the Syriac translation which is edited and translated here from two early manuscripts.


Cantus scriptus: Technologies of Medieval Song
  Edited by Lynn Ransom & Emma Dillon

ISBN 978-1-61719-056-8
 Hardback, $125

 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.



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

The Filioque Impasse By Michelle Coetzee
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, $185.77

The Women of Israel by Grace Aguilar By Mayer I. Gruber
For almost a century after it was first published in 1845 Grace Aguilar's Women of Israel was presented as a high school graduation gift and even as a Christmas present to employees in businesses. More than 150 years before the current proliferation of books on women in biblical narrative and biblical law, Aguilar offered brilliant and innovative interpretations of abiding value. She took for granted that her readers could read Hebrew and that they, like herself, knew the King James Bible from memory. The extensive introduction and notes will make this new edition once again accessible to laypersons, students, and scholars.
ISBN 978-1-61719-626-3, Hardback, $250

Jacob of Sarug’s Homily on the Sinful Woman Fascicle 31: Translation and Introduction by Scott Fitzgerald Johnson
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

Queen Esther’s Garden By Vera Moreen
This anthology brings to English-language readers the riches of the Judaeo-Persian literary tradition produced by the Jewish community of Iran between the eighth and nineteenth centuries. Most of the translations were prepared specifically for this anthology from unpublished manuscripts. Extensive notes accompany each selection to clarify its meaning in Jewish and Islamic history and legend.
ISBN 978-1-4632-0161-6, Paperback, $108.25


This month, we are happy to announce a variety of forthcoming publications in the fields of Classics, Linguistics, Middle Eastern Studies, and Syriac Studies.

Several forthcoming titles from our new series are on the way. One title from Munaqashat: Gorgias Studies in the Modern Middle East to certainly keep an eye out for is Ahmad H. Joudah's Revolt in Palestine in the Eighteenth Century: The Era of Shaykh Zahir al-'Umar. This work will certainly appeal to those looking to better grasp comparative European/Middle Eastern history, Ottoman Studies, and modern Palestinian history.

Additionally, Seth Kendall's The Struggle for Roman Citizenship: Romans, Allies, and the Wars of 91–77 BCE from our Gorgias Studies in Classical and Late Antiquity series is now in press. Kendall's work is ideal for scholars interested in the sociology of the Roman Empire and classics more broadly.

A title of interest to readers interested in Syriac Studies and the history of the Syriac Church in Iraq is Bulus Behnam's Concise Teachings of Christianity for Orthodox Families and Schools, to be published with a translation and introduction by Matti Moosa. Finally, for those interested in the linguistics and grammar of the English language, the late Peter Burton (1952-2012)'s English Grammar Guide for Language Students is now in press and will be posthumously published in the next several months as part of our Gorgias Handbooks series.


Hoda Mitwally
Editorial and Acquisitions Assistant

English Grammar Guide for Language Students By Peter Burton
A detailed exploration of English grammar for students and teachers of Biblical Hebrew and Greek, Latin and related languages. Commonly assumed grammatical concepts are explained step by step. Includes an extensive glossary and an annotated bibliography.
ISBN 978-1-61143-864-2, Paperback, $75.72

Revolt in Palestine in the Eighteenth Century By Ahmad Hasan Joudah
In the turbulent political and economic atmosphere of the eighteenth century Ottoman Empire, local leaders far from Istanbul began to take matters into their own hands. This biography of Shaykh Zahir al-ʻUmar presents crucial perspectives on power politics in the late Ottoman Empire and modern Palestinian history.
ISBN 978-1-4632-0002-2, Hardback, $165.10

The Struggle for Roman Citizenship By Seth Kendall
This work describes the quest of Rome’s Italian Allies to gain citizenship in the Republic, the reasons why they sought it, the often violent measures they took to acquire it, and the impact this quest had on the Roman state.
ISBN 978-1-61143-487-3, Hardback, $272.35

Concise Teachings of Christianity for Orthodox Families and Schools By Bulus Behnam; Translation and Introduction by Matti Moosa
Matti Moosa provides an introduction and a translation of Rev. Bulus Behnam’s 1946 work on the basic principles of the Christian faith based on the Holy Scriptures, showing that the Syrian Church considers the Holy Bible its sole authority for salvation.
ISBN 978-1-4632-0215-6, Paperback, $45



Apply Now for the 2013 Gorgias Book Grant Competition

Are you a graduate student? 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 March 29, 2013; winners will be announced in March 2013. For more information on how to apply, please visit our Book Grants page.


Gorgias Enthusiast of the Month: Doug Ojala

For the past four years, Gorgias Press has been honored to have Doug Ojala serve as our Pre-Press Technician. Although a Rutgers-educated mechanical engineer by training, Doug is truly a master of all trades. What once started out as a hobby in graphic design and computer programming morphed into his semi-professional mastery of the fields. Doug joined us in the summer of 2009, and since then he has been responsible for preparing texts, designing covers, and performing various IT work maintaining the book pipeline. When he isn't building computers from scratch or developing the latest high-tech Gorgias software, you can be sure to find Doug playing on the volleyball court or fishing at the sea.

Doug has left and re-joined us a few times over the years due to school, but all roads kept leading him back to Gorgias. We have all shared many an hour together debugging system errors, working on time-sensitive book projects, and of course, laughing at the many day-to-day quirks of the GP operation. Now, nearly four years into his journey with us, Doug is finally ready to move onto bigger things. He recently accepted a job offer at Air Products & Chemicals, Inc. in Allentown, PA, where he will work as an Aerodynamic Engineer. We are all very happy for Doug and the exciting transformations in his life, but we can't help but feel sad to see him go. His friendly temperament, quick wit, helpful nature, and fun disposition will be sorely missed. Doug, you have been an integral part of the Gorgias story. We will miss you, and wish you all the best in your endeavors!



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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