Close
You have no items in your shopping cart.
Search
Filters

e-Gorgias (Issue 8, June 2006)

 

Issue 8
June 2006
Reading Time: 10 minutes
 

In this eighth issue of eGorgias, as usual you'll find our newest releases as well as new forthcoming books that have just been added to our catalog. Gorgias author Sebastien Courtois talks about his sojourn into Tur Abdin. In honor of his visit, we are offering his book The Forgotten Genocide: Eastern Christians, The Last Arameans at a 30% discount.

Take advantage of the Best Together feature now available online, giving you savings on all paired books year round. Gorgias Press was represented by Gene Fojtick at the North American Patristics Society conference held between May 25-27 at Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza. Scroll below to read his brief conference report and find out what the best sellers were. In addition, you will see a list of other conferences where Gorgias Press will have a book exhibit, where special discounts will be offered to conference attendees.


 

  • Recent Releases
  • Forthcoming Books
  • Special Sale: The Forgotten Genocide: Eastern Christians, The Last Arameans by Sebastien Courtois
  • Now on www.gorgiaspress.com: How to save money using our 'best together' sales option
  • Gorgias Enthusiast of the Month for June: Reverend Francis C. Spataro
  • Conferences

 


 





For a complete list of our recent releases click here.

 

Syriac-English-French-Arabic Dictionary
By Louis S.J. Costaz

ISBN 2-7214-2235-9, Hardback, $65

Aimed at the student in mind, Costaz’s Syriac-French-English-Arabic dictionary provides for each Syriac gloss its meaning in French, English, and Arabic. Under each root lemma, all the derivatives of the root are given, with their morphological data. The entries are typeset nicely so one can easily find the meaning in either French, English or Arabic. The dictionary also contains a mini dictionary of proper names.



The Syriac-Speaking People [Suryaniler]
By Melih Duygulu

ISBN 0-00000-030-X, Hardback w/ CD, $45

Referred to by many enthusiasts of the Syriac tradition as the best compilation of Syriac music, This limited supply 2 CD and booklet set is an excellent introduction to Syriac tradition, through the lenses of both religion and culture.



Christianity in Iraq
By Suha Rassam

ISBN 0-85244-633-0, Paperback, $35

This book provides a detailed historical account of Christianity's establishment in Iraq, as well as exploring the ancient heritage of the Churches of Iraq.



Greek Tradition and Latin Influence in the Work of George Scholarios
By Christopher Livanos

ISBN 1-59333-344-7, Hardback, $75

This book attempts to understand the miscommunications between Greeks and westerners in the fifteenth century by concentrating on the work of George Gennadios Scholarios who under the name of Gennadios II became the first Ecumenical Patriarch of the Orthodox Church during Ottoman Rule.



American Orthodoxy and Parish Congregationalism
By Nicholas Ferencz

ISBN 1-59333-195-9, Hardback, $75

The Orthodox Church has doctrinally and historically required all church authority to be exercised primarily by the hierarchy. In America, however, the laity alone usually exercise authority over parish property. This book explores this anomaly and how it happened.



Authority Within the Christian Church
By Peter Lee

ISBN 1-59333-342-0, Hardback, $75

At this time, when authority for the church's beliefs and actions is the subject of much discussion, this book attempts to look to the authority of God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, and how these are transmitted, including the roles of reason and the church.



Bible, Map and Spade
By Rachel Hallote

ISBN 1-59333-347-1, Hardback, $75

This volume resurrects the forgotten history of early American involvement in biblical archaeology. Frederick Jones Bliss, an American from a prominent missionary family, is central to the story, as Bliss was the first of any nationality to scientifically excavate the tells of Palestine.



Transmission and Reception: New Testament Text-Critical and Exegetical Studies
By J. Childers

ISBN 1-59333-367-6, Hardback, $75

Exploring various topics pertaining to the transmission and reception of the New Testament, this volume presents sixteen new studies that bear important implications for textual criticism, New Testament interpretation, and understanding the formative impact of the New Testament text on Early Christianity.






 





The Other Mathematics: Language and Logic in Egyptian and in General By Leo Depuydt
Since Boole, symbolic logic has supplanted Aristotelian logic. Claude Shannon first applied Boolean algebra to electronic circuits. In this investigation, several facets of ancient Egyptian and its parallels in other languages are reinterpreted from the point of view of modern logic.
ISBN 1-59333-369-2, Hardback, $88

The History, Poetry and Genealogy of the Yemen By Elise Crosby
This book is an annotated translation and study of a seventh century history of Southern Arabia, Akhbar al-Yaman, attribted to Abid b. Sharya al-Jurhumi.
ISBN 1-59333-394-3, Hardback, $78

The Rite of Eastern Christendom By Archdale King
A detailed study of the liturgical rites of the Eastern Christian churches, covering the Byzantine and Oriental rites.
ISBN 1-59333-390-0, Hardback, $160

History of the Syriac Dioceses By Aphram I Barsaum
The History of Syrian Dioceses by the late Patriarch Afram I of Antioch and all the East, is a synopsis of a much larger study still in manuscript form. This selected portion of this history, published for the first time in English translation with the original Arabic text, offers the reader an in-depth treatment of the conditions of the Syrian Orthodox Church, its leaders, and congregations in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
ISBN 1-59333-218-1, Hardback, $95

The Crusades: Conflict Between Christendom and Islam By Matti Moosa
This book sheds light on the first three Crusades (1097-1191) by introducing material from several medieval Syriac and Arabic sources and reconciling their accounts with those provided by Western sources. It presents the Crusades as an extension of the conflict between Christianity and Islam, which began with the Arabs’ first incursions into Christian territory in the seventh century and continued with their conquest of the Iberian peninsula.
ISBN 1-59333-366-8, Paperback, $85

 


 





Gorgias Author Sebastien Courtois Honors Aramaic Heritage

Sebastien Courtois is the author of The Forgotten Genocide: Eastern Christians, The Last Arameans. He was born in April 1973 in the south of France and grew up between Toulouse and Paris. He started out his career in law initially, later resigning his position in London to earn his PhD in contemporary history at the Sorbonne in Paris.

Based on his doctoral thesis, his book The Forgotten Genocide gives accurate facts and balanced conclusions on a very sensitive topic. Sebastien Courtois wrote the following excerpt about his trip to Tur Abdin, Turkey, and how it inspired his studies and led him to write about this controversial subject.

 

Tur Abdin is one of the last places on earth where the Aramaic language is still in daily use. One of the world's largest holy and enchanted mountains, Tur Abdin was part of the ancient Roman province of Antioch. It was here that Jesus' disciples were first called "Christians." Historically, "the mountain [Tur] of God's servants [Abdin]" designates a high plateau situated between the Turkish town of Mardin to the west and the Tigris River to the east. During the summer of 2000 I was traveling in South-Eastern Turkey with friends on the land of former Armenia and by pure "luck," or "providence," we ended up in Syrian orthodox monasteries. Actually, our night bus dropped us by mistake in Mardin. After only a few minutes in this city we met a Chaldean priest who invited us for a breakfast and told us the story of his church. He suggested us to continue our trip towards the monasteries of the "mountain of God." For two decades, political troubles curtailed access to the region: confrontations between the independence-minded Kurds and the Turkish army led to the destruction of hundreds of villages and the exile of tens of thousands of Kurdish peasants. Although the place was peaceful when we visited, the region remains unstable, especially given the political situation in Iraq, only 25 miles away.

Despite the relative insecurity, Bishop Samuel Aktash of Tur Abdin has opened his monastery, Mar Gabriel, where we stayed, to foreigners seeking to visit the 2,000-year-old site and discover one of the most well-preserved monuments of ancient Christianity in the Middle East. Our rooms in the monastery were simple whitewashed monks' cells with wooden beds; there were common showers down the hall. We shared our hosts' simple Lenten meal of tomatoes, olives, cucumbers, goat's cheese, and a monastery loaf. We joined a handful of parishioners late one afternoon. Withouth artifical lights, microphones, or prayer books, the service seemed somehow closer to those of the early Christian communities. Before our departure form this sacred mountain, we were invited to Ain Wardo, the village of "the source of the roses," by a young Syriac priest. Its desolate village landscape reminded us that these ancient people are a fragile living memory of the early Christian world.

That was my first contact with Tur Abdin and his Aramaic people! Then I came back to Paris and with the wise advice of a professor, I started my PhD at the Sorbonne, which was published with Gorgias Press two years ago. The following years I have continued to travel on a regular basis to Tur Abdin with a photographer and we published a picture book together in 2004 called "The Last Arameans."

Receive a 30% discount on Sebastien Courtois' book with coupon code 0606-GP-SC. Click on the title to go to the full book page.

The coupon is for single use only and cannot be combined with other discounts. Offer expires July 20, 2006. All sales are final.

 

The Forgotten Genocide: Eastern Christians, The Last Arameans
By Sebastien de Courtois

ISBN 1-59333-077-4, Hardback, $48

The first and only extensive treatment of the genocide of the Aramaic-speaking Christians of the Middle East, in particular the Syriac Orthodox communities, in the late 1800s and early 1900s, under the Ottomans.




 






Best Together was designed by Gorgias Press so that you can always have access to a 20% discount throughout the whole year. Using statistical computations based on previous purchases by other customers, our web site will pair any book with another related book. Click on the above image and start experimenting with this feature and save.

Additionally, you will now see related products based on customer suggestion to help you organize your shopping experience with Gorgias.

Remember, Best Together is truly the best option in savings!



 


 





Gorgiasians have chosen Reverend Francis C. Spataro, founder and President of the Vilatte Guild as the Gorgias Enthusiast for the month of June.

Reverend Spataro is an Associate of the Order of Julian of Norwich, who was a famous English Mystic and first woman to write a book in English. Rev. Francis has himself authored three books: The Liturgy of Marqos, Images of Godly Living, and Charles Mason Remey and the Baha'i Faith. Rev. Francis is a priest of the Western Rite of the Belarusian Orthodox Church in Exile and the Editor of The Tover.

When asked his opinion on the progress of Gorgias Press over the last few years, he commented about his recent purchase of Christopher Livanos's Greek Tradition and Latin Influence in the Work of George Scholarios:

Let me congratulate you for publishing Greek Tradition and Latin Influence in the Work of George Scholarios which I received this weekend. It was backoredered since last December. But well worth the wait. If it was not for Gorgias Press, this little classic would never have seen the light of day. Many thanks. It is a great book!

 

Greek Tradition and Latin Influence in the Work of George Scholarios
By Christopher Livanos

ISBN 1-59333-344-7, Hardback, $75

This book attempts to understand the miscommunications between Greeks and westerners in the fifteenth century by concentrating on the work of George Gennadios Scholarios who under the name of Gennadios II became the first Ecumenical Patriarch of the Orthodox Church during Ottoman Rule.




 





Gorgias Press at Conferences

Gorgias Press will be exhibiting at the following conferences. Visit our book exhibit to recieve conference discount on all our books.

American Theological Library Association's (ATLA) 60th Annual Meeting
June 22-23, 2006 at Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL

 

Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) International Meeting
July 2-5, 2006 at New College, Edinburgh, Scotland

 

Recontre Assyriologique Internationale (RAI) Annual Meeiting
July 17-21, 2006 in Munster, Germany

 

The North American Patristics Society: Annual Conference



Gorgias was represented at the North American Patristic Society Conference by Gene Fojtik. The conference this year relocated from its normal venue at Loyola University to the Mart Plaza Holiday Inn on the concrete banks of the Chicago River. The new location afforded the attendees wonderful views of some of Chicago’s famous architecture and a front seat to the Memorial Day parade. This years meeting was reported to have been the society’s largest and climaxed in a celebration of the life and work of Dr. Elizabeth Clark of Duke University.

Throughout the conference special notice was taken by many scholars of Gorgias’ dissertation series. The common consensus was one of appreciate for the service that Gorgias provides to the field of patristics with this series. Much of the buzz centered on Maureen Beyer Moser’s Teacher of Holiness: The Holy Spirit in Origen's Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans (Gorgias Press, 2005). Among those who offered their praise was Dr. Thomas Scheck who recently reviewed the book in the Journal of Early Christian Studies.

Not surprisingly, the best sellers from the book exhibit were the inaugural volume to the TeCLA (Texts from Christian Late Antiquity) series, Brock's Wisdom of St. Isaac of Nineveh as well as Murray's Symbols of Church and Kingdom.

Teacher of Holiness: The Holy Spirit in Origen's Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans
By Maureen Beyer Moser

ISBN 1-59333-149-5, Hardback, $75

This book explores the pneumatology of Origen's Commentary on Romans. Origen's pedagogical understanding of the Spirit, who serves as both God's exitus and humanity's reditus, is pivotal to Origen's theology.



The Wisdom of Isaac of Nineveh: A Bilingual Edition
By Sebastian Brock

ISBN 1-59333-335-8, Paperback, $24

Here, in the inaugural volume of the Texts from Christian Late Antiquity (TeCLA) series, Gorgias Press is pleased to present Sebastian Brock’s masterful English translation of St. Issac’s writings accompanied for the first time by the Syriac text.



Transmission and Reception: New Testament Text-Critical and Exegetical Studies
By J. Childers

ISBN 1-59333-367-6, Hardback, $75

Exploring various topics pertaining to the transmission and reception of the New Testament, this volume presents sixteen new studies that bear important implications for textual criticism, New Testament interpretation, and understanding the formative impact of the New Testament text on Early Christianity.



Leshono Suryoyo: First Studies in Syriac & A Compendious Syriac Dictionary
By John Healey

ISBN 0-00000-028-X, Hardback, $107

Leshono Suryoyo: First Studies in Syriac, an introductory grammar to Classical Syriac for students without prior knowledge of Semitic languages, contains full grammatical explanations and readings from Syriac authors. A Compendious Syriac Dictionary by R. Payne Smith lists Syriac words alphabetically with their meanings in English, eliminating the need for knowledge of root words. Its comprehensiveness and handy size have long made it the choice of students. Originally priced at $150, this set is offered to you at a special discounted price of $107.



Symbols of Church and Kingdom
By Robert Murray

ISBN 1-59333-150-9, Paperback, $64

In this revised and updated edition of his classic work, Robert Murray offers the fullest and most vivid picture yet available of the development and character of the culture. It will be of interest to a wide range of readers.




 





Gorgias Press
46 Orris Ave., Piscataway, NJ 08854 USA
Tel. +1 732-699-0343
Fax. +1 732-699-0342
Email: orders@gorgiaspress.com
www.gorgiaspress.com