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e-Gorgias (Issue 79, September 2014)


Issue 79
September 2014
Reading Time: 10 minutes

Things are in "full fall swing" here at Gorgias Press. This month, George (Gorgias Press co-founder) and Jeffrey (our Marketing and Editorial Assistant) attended the Inaugural Summit of an organization called In Defense of Christians in Washington D.C., September 9-11. For more information, see the Conferences section.

Last week, Dayroyo Joseph Bali (co-editor of many texts in the Antioch Bible series) visited our offices; see further details in the News section. As always, we hope you are aware of our deal on the Antioch Bible.

In our Enthusiast of the Month section, we are happy to tell you a little bit more about two of our authors: Fuat and Suphan Andic.

Happy reading!


  • Recently Released
  • Coming Soon
  • From the Acquisitions Desk
  • Enthusiast of the Month: Fuat & Suphan Andic
  • News
  • Conference Report

For the complete list of recent releases, please visit our Just Published page.

Jacob of Sarug’s Homilies on Jesus' Temptation
Fascicle 33: Edited and Translated by Adam Carter McCollum

ISBN 978-1-4632-0285-9
 Paperback, $55.64 (Gorgias BiblioPerks $50.08)

This volume presents, with introduction and annotations, two metrical homilies (Bedjan nos. 82, 126) of Jacob of Sarug in which he reflects on the Temptation of Jesus as combat between Satan and Jesus, the latter emerging as the humble victor.


Early Readers, Scholars and Editors of the New Testament
Edited by H. A. G. Houghton

ISBN 978-1-4632-0411-2
 Hardback, $175.435 (Gorgias BiblioPerks $157.89)

A collection of ten original papers on the New Testament text, first presented in 2013, which reflect the diversity of current research. Examples of ancient engagement with the Bible include Origen, Eusebius of Caesarea and Augustine along with early translations.


Travels to Jerusalem and Mount Athos
By Petre Konchoshvili; Translated by Mzia Ebanoidze & John Wilkinson

ISBN 978-1-4632-0418-1
 Hardback, $85 (Gorgias BiblioPerks $76.50)

An account by Archpriest Petre Konchoshvili of his travels to Jerusalem and Mount Athos in 1899, dealing with the relations between the Georgians, Greeks and Russians in the Holy Land.


Who is afraid of the rhētōr?
By Yosef Z. Liebersohn

ISBN 978-1-4632-0258-3
 Hardback, $169 (Gorgias BiblioPerks $152.10)

This book concentrates on the conversation between Socrates and Gorgias which takes place in the first part of Plato's Gorgias. Scholars have tended to concentrate on the following two conversations held by Socrates with Polus and, especially, with Callicles. This first, relatively short, conversation is usually taken to be a kind of preface coming before Plato's 'real' philosophy. The present study challenges this assumption, arguing that the conversation between Socrates and Gorgias actually anticipates the message of the whole dialogue, which concerns the essence of rhetoric and its implications.


Self and Other
By Kate V. M. Daniels

ISBN 978-1-4632-0409-9
 Hardback, $95 (Gorgias BiblioPerks $85.50)

Self and Other explores the complex dynamic between the individual and the collectivity, narrative and identity that define the short fiction of Yūsuf al-Shārūnī, pioneer of Arab literary modernism. With a range of translated extracts, Kate V.M. Daniels offers English-speaking readers an invaluable introduction to one of Egypt's greatest short story-writers.


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

The Life and Works of Severus of Antioch in the Coptic and Copto-Arabic Tradition By Youhanna Youssef
Severus of Antioch is by far the most prolific and well known theologian of the non-Chalcedonian churches. Although his life and writings came to our knowledge in Syriac, gaining him the title “Crown of the Syriac Literature,” many texts relating to his life and works survived in the Coptic and Copto-Arabic tradition, as well as a number of other texts that were traditionally attributed to him. This book provides an analysis of these texts as and a discussion of the veneration of Severus of Antioch in the Coptic Church.
ISBN 978-1-61719-738-3, Hardback, $222.625 (Gorgias BiblioPerks $200.36)

"I will be King over you!" By Terry R. Clark
This book examines various rhetorical ways in which the motif of Yahweh’s Kingship functions in the Book of Ezekiel and explores what these arguments contribute to our understanding of the prophetic book as a whole.
ISBN 978-1-4632-0286-6, Hardback, $95 (Gorgias BiblioPerks $85.50)

Pronunciation is in the Brain, not in the Mouth By Edward Y. Y. Odisho
This book investigates the cognitive roots of pronunciation in children and adults and the emergence of accent with adults when learning a second language (L2). Subsequently, any teaching of L2 pronunciation to adults should be premised on a multisensory and multicognitive approach covering a wide selection of teaching and learning strategies consistent with the cognitive roots.
ISBN 978-1-4632-0415-0, Paperback, $79.82 (Gorgias BiblioPerks $71.84)

This month we’re pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of books in the fields of Syriac Literature and Lexicography, Biblical Studies, and the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East.

The Martyrs of Mount Ber’ain, with an Introduction by Paul Dilley and edited and translated by Sebastian Brock, is the next volume in our Persian Martyr Acts in Syriac: Text and Translation series. This poignant seventh-century tale of three noble Iranian siblings who are martyred under Shapur II, demonstrates enduring concerns of Christian self-definition in Iran, especially with respect to the Zoroastrian priesthood.

In Soteriology as Motivation in the Apocalypse of John, Alexander Stewart employs Stephen Toulmin’s model of argumentation analysis to study John’s explicit and implicit motivational argumentation and to argue that the two primary grounds for John’s argumentation are soteriological. Hearers are motivated positively by the promise of future salvation and negatively by warnings of future judgment.

Until relatively recently, excavations in the ancient Near East have focused on macro level questions involving political history and chronology. Often these efforts in Israel focused on elucidating biblical history itself and tying that world into the larger ancient world. Very often the daily lives of average Israelites were ignored, and materials associated with them left largely unstudied and relegated to lists at the ends of site reports. “As for me, I will dwell at Mizpah …”: The Tell en-Nasbeh Excavations after 85 Years, edited by Jeffrey Zorn and Aaron Brody, includes studies on trade and economy, death and burial, metals, cooking, and water management at Tell en-Nasbeh (biblical Mizpah), shedding light on aspects of daily life in this important border town.

Finally, the fourth published colloquia of the International Syriac Language Project (Foundations for Syriac Lexicography IV, edited by Kristian Heal and Alison Salvesen) is in the final stages of publication, and will be in print in early November. The volume presents papers from an international team of authors working to develop contemporary, interdisciplinary approaches to linguistics and lexicography.

To see the full list of titles in different series, visit our series page.

Melonie Schmierer-Lee

Acquisitions Editor

The Martyrs of Mount Ber'ain Introduction by Paul C. Dilley; Edited and Translated by Sebastian P. Brock
The Martyrs of Mount Ber’ain is the poignant tale of three noble Iranian siblings who are martyred under Shapur II. Composed in the seventh century, it demonstrates enduring concerns of Christian self-definition in Iran, especially with respect to the Zoroastrian priesthood.
ISBN 978-1-4632-0421-1, Paperback, $49.4 (Gorgias BiblioPerks™ $44.46)

Soteriology as Motivation in the Apocalypse of John By Alexander Stewart
This monograph employs Toulmin’s model of argumentation analysis to examine how the Apocalypse of John motivates its hearers to respond to John’s prophetic apocalyptic exhortation. John’s visions of salvation and judgment provide the positive and negative grounds for motivational argumentation.
ISBN 978-1-4632-0419-8, Hardback, $95 (Gorgias BiblioPerks™ $85.50)

"As for me, I will dwell at Mizpah …”: The Tell en-Nasbeh Excavations after 85 Years Edited by Jeffrey R. Zorn & Aaron Brody
Collected essays on aspects of daily life at the Israelite site of Tell en-Naṣbeh (biblical Mizpah of Benjamin). These include: trade and economy, death and burial, metals, cooking, water management, curation of the site’s materials, and a site bibliography.
ISBN 978-1-4632-0416-7, Hardback, $95 (Gorgias BiblioPerks™ $85.50)

Foundations for Syriac Lexicography IV Edited by Kristian S. Heal & Alison G. Salvesen
The fourth published colloquia of the International Syriac Language Project (ISLP), presenting papers from an international team of authors working to develop contemporary, interdisciplinary approaches to linguistics and lexicography.
ISBN 978-1-61143-933-5, Hardback, $150 (Gorgias BiblioPerks™ $135.00)

Last week, we were joined in the office by Dayroyo Joseph Bali (co-editor of many texts in the Antioch Bible series), visiting from Lebanon. Joseph completed his academic studies in the field of philosophy and then joined St. Ephrem Seminary, Damascus, in 2007. A year later, he became a monk and in 2011 he was ordained as a priest. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in philosophy in the University of Athens working on the influence of Greek Philosophy on the works of Bar Hebraeus. He is fluent in Syriac, Arabic, French, English and Greek. His visit included a selection of the sights in nearby Princeton, NJ as well as diligent editorial work (both pictured at left).

Fuat and Suphan Andic are natives of Istanbul. They studied development economics at the Universities of Istanbul, Michigan, and Edinburgh, and taught economics and public finance at the University of Puerto Rico. Both jointly and individually, Fuat and Suphan have published fifteen books and monographs, and over sixty articles in professional journals in the United States, Great Britain and Germany. Fuat Andic, upon retirement, worked and continues to work as senior consultant to international organizations. Suphan Andic, after working several years as consultant to the World Bank and IMF, retired from consultancy and collaborated with her husband in research on Ottoman history.

As Gorgias Press authors, they have written The Last of the Ottoman Grandees: The Life and Political Testament of Âli Pașa and Reforming Ottoman Governance. Regarding their favorite Gorgias Press works, they shared:

“The publications of Gorgias Press are quite varied and are indispensable for those interested in different facets of the Middle East. We particularly enjoyed David Bertania’s highly informative Christian and Muslim Dialogues and Benjamin Trigona-Harany’s The Ottoman Suryani from 1908 to 1914. Because of our personal interest in Ottoman history, we found the book quite enlightening in dispelling the many existing misconceptions about the Ottoman Empire’s last years of existence.”

The Last Man of the Ottoman Grandees
  By Fuat Andic & Suphan Andic

ISBN 978-1-61143-123-0
 Hardback, $145.6 (Gorgias BiblioPerks $131.04)

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


Reforming Ottoman Governance
  By Fuat Andic & Suphan Andic

ISBN 978-1-4632-0236-1
 Hardback, $169 (Gorgias BiblioPerks $152.10)

 The book is the history of reform attempts in the Ottoman Empire and the internal and external difficulties in implementing them. Imperialist aggression towards the Empire and bloody janissary revolts hampered the reforms, and although some successes in governance were achieved, there were many failures, and these contributed to the demise of the Empire at the end of the First World War.


Christian and Muslim Dialogues
  By David Bertaina

ISBN 978-1-61143-920-5
 Hardback, $187.915 (Gorgias BiblioPerks $169.12)

 Linked by a common geography and claim to the true religion, Christians and Muslims had a long history of interreligious discourse up to the Crusades. These faith communities composed texts in the form of dialogues in light of their encounters with one another. This book surveys the development of the genre and how dialogues determined he patterns of conversation. Each chapter highlights a thematic feature of the literary form, demonstrating that Christian and Muslim authors did not part ways in the first century of Islamic rule, but rather continued a dialogue commending God’s faithful believers.


The Ottoman Süryânî from 1908 to 1914
  By Benjamin Trigona-Harany

ISBN 978-1-60724-069-3
 Hardback, $179.92 (Gorgias BiblioPerks $161.93)

 This work explores the misconceptions about the Ottoman Süryânî community of the pre-World War I era, using a critique of the present day historiography as the context for the discussion. The works of three early twentieth century journalists, provide the material for the study. The author contends that this group cannot be considered as Assyrian nationalists, the traditional argument, that they saw the future of the Süryânî people as best secured by the continuation of the Ottoman Empire, in which they sought a greater presence for their community.


The In Defense of Christians conference was an exciting place to be, especially because there were so many Syrian-Americans there. The purpose of the conference was to raise funds for humanitarian relief for the crisis in Iraq and Syria as well as to inform politicians of recent events in those locations. Several of the patriarchs of the Middle Eastern churches also attended, including His Holiness Aram I, the Catholicos of the Armenian Orthodox Church of the Great House of Cilicia and His Holiness Mor Ignatius Aphrem II of the Syriac Orthodox Church.

As for our exhibit, it was a big hit. Some conference favorites were The Last Assyrians, the Gorgias Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Syriac Heritage, and Massacres, Resistance, Protectors: Muslim-Christian Relations in Eastern Anatolia During World War I. Several people were also intrigued by The Hidden Pearl, a classic that gives an illustrated overview of the history of the Syriac peoples. (Note: we have recently split up the Hidden Pearl into three separate book volumes, all available at $50 each.)

If you were one of the people who attended the conference, we want to say thanks for all your support for our efforts to promote Syriac language, history, and culture, and that we hope we see you again soon.

The Last Assyrians: A History of Aramaic-Speaking Christians
  By R. Alaux

ISBN 0-00000-006-X
 DVD, $42 (Gorgias BiblioPerks™ $37.80)

 The Last Assyrians is a film on the survival of the Aramaic-speaking Christians (Assyrians, Chaldeans, Syriacs). The U.S. edition contains the English version, while the European edition contains both the English and French versions.


Gorgias Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Syriac Heritage
  Edited by Sebastian P. Brock, Aaron Michael Butts, George Anton Kiraz & Lucas Van Rompay

ISBN 978-1-59333-714-8
 Hardback, $160 (Gorgias BiblioPerks™ $144.00)

 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.


Massacres, Resistance, Protectors: Muslim-Christian Relations in Eastern Anatolia during World War I
  By David Gaunt

ISBN 1-59333-301-3
 Paperback, $63 (Gorgias BiblioPerks™ $56.70)

 This is a pioneering historical investigation of the Assyrian, Chaldean, and Syrian Christian minorities during World War I, who suffered the same fate as the Armenians. Ethnic cleansing and large-scale massacres occurred throughout northern Mesopotamia and parts of Ottoman-occupied Iran. Based on primary sources from official archives, as well as hitherto unused manuscript sources and oral histories published here for the first time, this book attempts to give a full picture of the events of 1915. The book concentrates on the Assyrians of Urmia and Hakkari and on the Syrians of Diyarbekir province, particularly in Tur Abdin.


The Hidden Pearl: The Aramaic Heritage
  Edited by Sebastian P. Brock, Madeleine Petit, Ewa Balicka-Witakowska & Witold Witakowski

ISBN 1-931956-99-5
 Hardback, $364 (Gorgias BiblioPerks™ $327.60)

 An unprecedented book and album set on the Aramaic heritage, including three one-hour documentary video tapes. Vol. I covers the ancient Aramaic heritage, vol. II is on the heirs of the heritage, and vol. III covers one of the witness communities today.


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